Who are you?
My name is Israel Veintidos. I am a Spanish photographer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Working in fashion editorials, lifestyle and commercial work. I studied Engineering in Industrial Design and I am a self-taught photographer.
" I used to play with my grandfather’s camera,
a Zenit E Helios 44 when I was a child "
What got you started into photography?
I have always been very interested in photography and I used to play with my grandfather’s camera, a Zenit E Helios 44 when I was a child. I was working as a fashion designer in Spain and being more involved with the shoots for the collections that we were designing when I realized that fashion photography is what I wanted to pursuit for the rest of my life
Who are your biggest influences in the industry?
As classic photographers, I would say, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon. As more contemporary photographers, I really like the work of Txema Yeste, Ruven Afanador, Harley Weir and Tyrone Lebon.
A Vintage Hue for Material Girl Magazine
How would you qualify your work?
Graphic, narrative, stylized, subtle and approachable…isn't it? :)
What is the best photography project you have ever worked on?
All of them to be honest. Ever time I try to get more and more out of my comfort zone and not shoot the same project with the same lighting or same approach over and over.
"I don’t like to over direct the model.
I rather have their personality
present in every shoot"
How would you describe your photographic process?
I would describe it as very organic. Usually, there is a good amount of research, pre-lighting ideas, scouting, concepts and framings that I want to include in the shoot, but all of that might vary when I see the model, the model's personality and how the model is going to interact with the clothes and the scene. I don’t like to over direct the model and I rather have their personality present in every shoot. The after shoot is very straight forward as I have an idea of what pictures I liked while I was shooting so the final selects comes together in a very natural way.
We particularly like the series Metallic Love & The Observer. Can you tell us about them?
In both shots, I was very lucky as the whole team was amazing and very fun to shoot with. The observer was shot at the studio I had in San Francisco and I wanted to mix the idea of classic bust / portrait with a nice color palette. Metallic Love is an editorial I shot here at my studio in Brooklyn and I wanted to use a very soft light that worked well with the materials that the clothes had and Margaux beauty.
Metallic Love for Creation Magazine
What material do you prefer working with?
The camera I use the most at the moment is a Nikon D800 and I normally use it with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED and a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII lenses. I also recently started shooting more medium format and I have been using a Mamiya RZ67 PRO II.
Do you always have a camera with you? Which one?
I use a Pentax K1000 with B&W film and I carry it very often, especially if I am traveling.
Brooklyn Myth for Coco Indie Magazine
Keep getting out of my comfort zone, experiment, shoot way more with medium format film and start adding video productions to my work.
Why did you decide to create your site with Portfoliobox?
I love how dynamic and easy it is to showcase your work, based on your needs. 100% recommendable.
Israel Veintidos | Brooklyn-based Spanish Photographer