A short story about a photographer… By Gerardo Jacques Wuhl

As I always say, I was born with a camera under my arm (maybe you know the Latin expression “he was born with bread under his arm”). My dad is a photographer, and like any son in the world, I admire his work. My first steps with photography were with a P&S Canon camera, but I always wanted to play with the big boys toys, the SLR´s. I learned  the basics in lighting, aperture, speed, ISO (in the past we called it ASA), and something about the printing of photos… I love  the moment of the shooting. The tension of having it all in the right place, the feeling when you press the shutter. I love how I could capture something or someone on a piece of film, and then print it and keep it for the ages to come… Film photography is beautiful, as digital is. I learned with Canon, Hasselblad, Contax (my first personally owned camera). It was something incredible, because you know that you couldn´t take gazillions of pics like today. Film was expensive, and you only had 36 to 39 pics in the camera each time as a maximum. At that time you planned the photo, so much more than you do now. Maybe that´s why I keep doing that with digital photography. I don´t take 1000 pics a day with my camera, even when I know I could. I love the art of thinking about the photo before taking it, and that´s why I´m here writing. I’m trying to spread the word… I am always in the process of learning and I think I found some people who are helping me… sometimes with advice, sometimes just with  photos that inspire me. I´m not a professional photographer (maybe in the future), but I´m glad I know some of them, and I try to learn from them. I agree with Benjamin Kanarek on one basic thing:  it´s not the brand of the camera, it is the photographer and the love he puts in to the photo. I love photography and I hope I can transmit that in to my work. I own a digital SLR, and I try to do my best… Keep doing what you´re doing, pretend I´m not here… Click!

Thanks to Gerardo for his contribution to this Benjamin Kanarek blog.

About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…