Today we’d like to introduce you to Hector Ramos.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Hector. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started taking photos, I think the summer of 2009. I was a junior in High School and at the time, my dad was running a handyman/home remodeling business. He quickly realized he needed to start documenting his work so he ordered a DSLR bundle kit from Costco. I remember seeing the package at our door when it arrived and I promptly called him to ask if I could open it, From that moment on, I never put it down and he ended up giving me that camera. I basically took pictures of everything and everything from that point on.
I had no idea what I was doing with it haha. No technical skills or knowledge whatsoever. I remember I told one of my teachers at the time about this new hobby I had picked up, and the next week, she had signed me up and paid for a photography course at our local CC, which is where I learned all the basics, that’s really when I realized that this was for me, i felt like an artist or a painter that was taught different brush strokes and when to use them.
How I got to where I am today isn’t really all that fascinating, nor impressing since I feel like I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I am grateful that I have photography as my passion. It’s been therapeutic during my rough patches and it also allowed me to meet some of the nicest people out there, especially through shooting film.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not smooth at all. haha
The biggest struggle I had was somewhere in 2011, I wasn’t exactly financially savvy, so I remember selling my camera because I needed cash. I basically dropped photography for a good year and a half, coupled with the feeling that led to that decision, which was basically me feeling very uninspired and I guess I kinda got over it for a while. After that period of time, I realized I had made a huge mistake, I basically sold the one thing that kept me sane and kept me, me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
At the moment I mainly do film portraiture. I just find the process of taking portraits a very personal and intimate experience with your subject/s. Not only do you have the chance to make good work/images, but you can also get to know these people and their story. You basically get to hang out with some really cool characters while making art, that’s a win-win.
What I’m most proud of is the group of people I’ve befriended along the way. Everyone is very supportive and always open-minded, which is kind of rare in the photography/film world.
I would say what sets me apart is that, if we work together, you quickly realize how serious I’m not! My approach is very easy going, I’d say. I like to create an environment where its really just us hanging out having a laugh, photography really isn’t that serious, the experience is more important to me.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Going over to my grandma’s house and eating home-cooked meals with her. She knew right along lunchtime I’d show up with my appetite and she was just so full of love and wisdom. She always made me feel loved an important.
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Personal picture taken by Alyssa Gonzalez. All other pictures by Hector Ramos.