Jose Tafur is a photographer and filmmaker born in Pereira, Colombia. He discovered photography when he was living in London at the age of 18 and started taking street photographs. His work has been influenced by artists such as Ruven Afanador, Steven Meisel, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Richard Linklater and others. Jose is currently writing his first feature film and continues doing photoshoots regularly.
How did your shoot with Yhocelin go?
We had so much fun. It was actually the first time Yhocelin and I met. We live in different cities and I had seen some photos of her taken by my photographer friends. We chatted for a couple of months before we could meet and during that time we talked about what we were expecting from each other in the photoshoot. The night before the shoot we arranged to meet at a certain metro station in Medellin where she would pick me up the next morning, as it was a city I didn’t know I just told her I had in mind some kind of pictures and she took care of the production so basically she took me to this apartment and I didn’t know what I was going to find, I have to confess I was a little nervous about the light I was going to find there as I didn’t have any flashes with me. At the end it went pretty well, we found the right spots in the apartment where the light was good and here are the results. All natural light.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
Absolutely. I think one of the most important things in photography is light. When we photograph a body we need to be conscious about the light we choose in order to express what we have in our minds in the way we want to. The human body is one of the most direct connections we have with reality and when we take care of details in the image such as shape, light and shadow the picture can acquire powerful meanings.
What inspires you?
I love stories! Everything that tells a story is an inspiration to me.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is subjective. A person can find beauty in different things. I think the perspective varies depending on cultural and social conventions. We can find beauty in what we conceive as aesthetically pleasing but we can also find it in what is not conventionally beautiful so maybe beauty shouldn’t be a matter of shape but the strength that is inside of things.
Film or digital?
I am with digital now. However if I could get good quality films in my city I would go with film.
What makes you happy?
Sharing a coffee with someone who is important to me, watching a movie, taking photos.
What’s next for you?
There is a story for a screenplay that has been stuck in my head for a few years now, I began writing it last year but I’ve found it hard to finish it as it is a very personal story and you know, it’s hard to take out something that is deep inside you. But I think this is the year to finish it and start looking for financing to get it done. About my photography, I am going to keep exploring more topics and searching for new faces to shoot with.