Jaime Martínez (1978) is a photographer and visual artist from Monterey, currently living and working in Mexico City. His work is distinguished mainly by his animated photos in gif format -particularly those in stereoscopic 3D- and for his work with english artist and singer M.I.A.
These are different portraits I have been taking lately with snapshot and rangefinder analog cameras. One of the things that got me into photography when I was a teenager was the nostalgic aspect. I remember when I was a kid I was very nostalgic, even when I was 6 years old, I don’t know why. For my personal photos, I have never cared a lot about techniques or expensive cameras or even quality -or if they are analog or digital- it was always more important just to preserve the moment.
Because I wanted to freeze some moments, to have more time to think about those moments I choose with the camera. To remember my beloved ones as they were in that moment, for the future me and for others. My first influence was my family photo albums.
I hope more travels. I hope my work takes me to other countries. Also, I have never made a formal book, I think it is time to do that. Lately I have been into video, I want to direct more videos, music videos and experimental ones. In a not so far future I would love to create short films too.
Like 10 years ago when I was starting to do photographic gifs I was in a workshop of Art Photography and some teachers didn’t like my animated photos, one of them was even making fun of my gifs. But obviously I didn’t care. Just as an anecdote, this person is now doing photographic gifs too. Another bad reaction I also remember was once a music label didn’t like a music video I directed for one of their artists and they never published it. They even stopped answering my e-mails.
Yes, but nothing really extraordinary. I have been beaten a couple of times. One time I was doing social photography in a pool party and a drunk jealous guy didn’t like me taking photos of his girlfriend who was kindly posing for me. Also sometimes when I take pictures in big music festivals I accidentally get too close to the fireworks in the photographers pit. And one time the police “gave me a ride” in a police car because I was taking pictures of a friend pretending to be drinking beer next to the police car, it was for a fashion editorial shoot.
First, on my personal life. I just turned 40 years old and I think it is time to re think where I’m going and what I really want. Go back to the basics first, and then choose a good path. Then I want to create new series, personal work. Lately I have been doing commercial work. I’m planning a couple of journeys this year to countries I have never been, I hope it happens then I want to take a lot of portraits and landscapes.