We had the good fortune of connecting with Ricardo Quintero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ricardo, what do you attribute your success to?
1. I could definitely say that it is the energy. The energy that you put into an image is what connects with the viewer, beyond the pose, aesthetics, technique, or any other additive that an image may have, if it doesn’t have the right energy it doesn’t communicate and if an image doesn’t communicate or make the viewer feel something it doesn’t work. The image always has to communicate, if the spectator does not feel moved in some way by what he is seeing, he simply forgets it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am originally from Venezuela, I studied there and graduated as a filmmaker but I started working professionally in fashion photography, advertising, and celebrity portraits. I have been doing this for more than 15 years at this point. In 2011 I moved to Panama, City of Panama, and lived there for 9 years, working for magazines and clients all over Latin America and Central America.
Commercially I shot for brands such as Sony, Copa Airlines, and Ocean Drive. I also shot more than 200 covers for different magazines and since the end of 2019, I moved to the USA, starting from scratch in the market I always dreamed of reaching.
This is the quickest and simplest way I found to tell this long and beautiful journey.
After all this time I am currently working more on my language as an artist. During all these years I found myself working professionally capturing the vision of others. Now I am working on my vision of things and this has even made me rethink the way I live.
The biggest learning and also the biggest challenge has been to live true to my perspective of life, I love what I do and life has allowed me to live doing what I love.
Every project no matter if it is commercial or personal I try to approach it in the most complete way I can, I don’t create images only with my eyes, the books I read, the music I listen to and the experiences I live serve as a pillar and reference for the images I make and I enjoy and love every second of the process.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take him downtown. I personally enjoy walking around and seeing how at different times of the day the sunlight reflects off the buildings onto the street creating an almost movie-like atmosphere. We would also go to the museum district and eat some brisket for lunch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, it would definitely be Rosi Ross I have worked with her on several projects for different countries and she is excellent in everything she does.