Jaime Martinez

Jul 11th, 2018

Jaime Martinez

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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.

Tell us about the works that we’re featuring?

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.

Why did you start taking photos?

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.

What does the future hold for your work?

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.

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

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.

Has your work ever gotten you into a dangerous situation?

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.

What are you working on right now?

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.