INTERVIEW: PHOTOGRAPHER LUIS LUCIO

 

Stereoscopic photography has been long forgotten, actually, it seems like it never really took off. It was either too cheesy are annoying to deal with, and at the time there was no technology like today that could really show its effects. Luis Lucio is a photographer who claimed this as his own and reaped the benefits. He also shoots with a regular 35mm camera, but to us, his signature look is his 3 dimensional off- set photographs which are taken with his stereoscopic cameras. While they can easily be confused with a GIF or a regular photograph edited with an app or on photoshop, their's a lot more that goes behind each image.

We've actually become pretty close with Luis, both of us living in NYC and being in love with two similar things; Rock n Roll and photography, we end up seeing each other very often, shooting the same shows. Not only is Luis incredibly talented with his camera, but he also has impeccable taste in music, which is another reason why we had to make this interview happen and clear the mystery behind his work. 

We would like to say thank you Luis, once again! For your time and patience!

Luis! Gracias por tu tiempo y por hacer esta entrevista con nosotros! Como estas?

Muy bien, gracias a ustedes. por invitarme a la entrevista...

Pues claro! Haha (I just wanted to have a little fun). So we met not too long ago, at Berlin. We were shooting Casey Hopkins. Little did I know how talented you were. Do you remember that night?

Was it that night? I thought it was at Shea Stadium...
But anyway, it has been nice to encounter talented people that do this (shooting) passionately, like you and me...

I think it was Berlin. I remember how metal and hardcore I thought you looked. I was like this guy is bad ass! And definitely! it has been a great pleasure!

haha that's everyone's first impression. I mean, I'm a bad ass (not really) but definitely not metal or hardcore. It's just the long hair and I'm always dressed in black...

That's what I noticed on the long run! Not only you have great talent in photography you have impeccable taste in music. Does that play a big role in your work?

I'm actually a big fan of Kylie Minogue

Haha really?

joke...

Well, I think it's very important. For live shows I only shoot if I like the band honestly. We're in NY so it's not too difficult to find a good band, you know? But I have to feel their work in order to make my own...
It's music, bands actually giving a show and me liking the music, those elements have to be combined...

And I think that shows in your photographs. Especially how they're moving shots. It's like you're in a middle of a mosh pit and enjoying the night.
 


And also for that specific technique for every show that I've shot I try to do something different every time in order to not to repeat myself...

Speaking of. That's one of the most unique techniques I've seen in current photography! How is it that your able to do that?

It's just another technique in photography really. Stereoscopic photography has existed for decades...

Right! It's just something most people don't use, and for people who don't know much about photography may not realize that you're using film camera and a special camera at that.

Oh yeah, countless times I've been ask "what app do you use?"...

Regardless of any technique or camera (that you gotta try to be an expert of it, of course) I think it's what you do with it. No matter if it's film or digital. Doing film doesn't add any extra value, that's just your choice and creating your own voice or style. What would be important it's to make work that matters for you and if you do it right then you might inspire/influence someone else. Regarding if it's a shitty phone, a 60 year old camera or the very new most expensive digital camera...

Definitely agree with you! That's exactly what you have done, used equipment that most won't consider using or thought to be obsolete, then created a style. I just know there are many curious people out there haha so for the people who think you're using an app, what camera do you use?

I have a few. Nikon F100, Contax T2, Holga, Lomokino, Nimslo, Nishika, Clairex FC2000, Pentax K1000, Pentax MV1...

And how did you begin experimenting with this technique? How did you start shooting film and then what was it liking transitioning to stereo?

I've played with cameras since a I was a child, who hasn't? but the first film camera I got was on my first year of college, I sold it but I got another one (the clairex fc2000) from a friend and from time to time I kept shooting for the sake of it. And I once saw this 3D pictures I don't know where but from another photographer (Jaime Martínez) and I got hooked. I thought he was really good with photoshop or he had the budget to use different cameras aligned and pointed to the same subject. I didn't think it was film nor I asked him how he did it...

I just told him how much I like his work...

It's funny because it still has the same effect on people. I thought the same in beginning, that you were using a tool in photoshop. How important is to create depth in your photos?

What you mean?...
 

Well, I noticed sometimes water or smoke is part of the image and it creates some sort of depth to image.

Well, it doesn't really matter because it could be a subject just against a white wall...

I see.

But, It's fun to use some other elements too...


It's like it becomes alive!

Besides music you also shoot skateboarding once in a while. How did you get into that?

I've never skate but it'd be fun to learn haha. I did some stuff with my roommate whom has a big passion for it so we had fun with that subject...

It's crazy to me that even though you don't skate you were able to capture Kevin Bradley. How did that happen?

That happened after a show at Elvis. He was hanging out there with his entourage. I didn't know who he was, I was just shooting randomly but he was very charismatic with people and my roommate told me about him...

My main subject is women, actually. I started to do some of that again. I'm very shy and reserved and never show my stuff to anyone other than my IG or Tumblr and there's more that I haven't posted, you know? For the first time I sent some session to a very important magazine and they will post it so now I feel more encourage to make more work with that subject...

I've noticed that too. And it's great to hear that you are developing courage. We think it's well deserved.
And I'm glad we were able to this now
because I truly believe in the future you will be harder to reach haha

Not at all haha. You will always be on my list..

Not courage, that I already have, I meant more motivation and I feel URGE to do more stuff. I'm getting a little attention and that makes me feel weird but that's also good, maybe I'm doing something right...

We definitely think you're doing something right!
That's great to hear man! It really means a lot to us! I think we've covered everything we wanted to ask you. Unless there's something else you wanted to let everyone else know?


Thanks very much I really appreciate your kind words...

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