Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.


Mar 07, 2019 - Damian Ucieda Cortes

Hi everyone,


I would like to start my first post by explaining in general terms my working process.

The cameras that I use do not give much room for manoeuvre and knowing what you are going to photograph before shooting is convenient. I need to have prior control over many of the factors related to my photography. For a number of the images, I do studies beforehand, of the location, the composition, the correct shooting angle and the time of day.


Before studying photography I studied illustration and this has significant value in my work today. Most of the time for my staged images I will do some initial sketches just to get the idea down on paper and to help me visualise what’s inside my head. Drawing plays an important role throughout the process but these initial sketches are almost crucial in helping me to develop the idea.


Once I have the idea clearer, further drawings then enable me to work on the composition and they also highlight any issues which may arise later when taking the photograph. That said, within the creative process, there is always room for error and it certainly plays an important role. It is often these little accidents which can make or break an image.


Here you can see some examples of my drawings.