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About me

I was born in Madrid and had a French education. I'm currently living in Dubai (UAE). Underwater photography came first -thanks to Masoud Golipour- then street photography. I hope it's just the beginning of the journey. I've learnt photography by experiencing and understanding what works and what doesn't.  I like to try new techniques and gear. I'm currently exploring range finders, large format, Polaroids, surfing photography with a Nikon Nikonos. 

What are my photography inspirations? Dorothea Lange "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera", Henri Cartier-Bresson's L'Instant Décisif  "Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression". 

What underwater gear do I use? I really like the Sony RX100 MK2 - it's small, fast and sharp, easy to travel with- the  Nauticam housing has easy to manipulate and precise controls, the wet lenses mounting provide great versatility.  

What camera do I take for street photography? I use a 35mm film Leica M6 with the Summicron-M 50mm and a Rolleiflex 3.5F with the Zeiss Planar 75mm lens for medium format; my Canon 5D Mk3 is fantastic and works great with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART.

What advice would I give to someone starting in underwater photography? Number one rule: respect the environment by mastering your buoyancy and having a permanent awareness of your surroundings. Learn how to get as close as possible to the subject, be patient and move slowly. Never give up a night dive, these are generally the most interesting dives for photography: you have full control over your lighting and the night critters are often the most intriguing creatures.

Feel free to e-mail me for comments, advice or ideas for improvement  juan@juanmorenophoto.com