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In this edition of Hear It! we will be featuring Jorge Enrique Villalobos Espinosa a.k.a. jorgevilla direct from Colombia. Jorge is slightly different from our usual featured guests as he is not a photographer to begin with, instead he is a designer with a knack for creating stunning visuals. So sit back and enjoy!

Photographer: jorgevilla / Jorge Enrique Villalobos Espinosa
Country of Origin: Colombia

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Computer Drawing software.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
As I am not a photographer, I can not say much about it. But I have always thought that modern photography has a lot of help from digital tools that can help us improve the quality of a photo. Personally, I like to work with these tools and to create digital images from them. However, photography is not a thing that I don't get along with, because for me it will be always a source of inspiration for my work.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a pilot for the Air Force.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I was a little skeptical to the idea of being able to earn money by showing part of my work in this medium. The first time I uploaded images and received money in return I thought this could work and now I am dedicated to this.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
While talent is important, a good image is sold by the capabilities of use that it has. So the first thing anyone should do is a little research on the topic chosen and discover it potential. This does not guarantee being successful but at least is not a waste of time.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
For me the biggest challenge was believing in my work and in myself to continue to provide images. So far it is fine, I like to upload a lot of images.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
As I said before, I am not a photographer, but being a designer it allows me to see details from any work, from a street board to a detail on a box. I think it is easier to appreciate the work of others.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Just great.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
I design according to a list of topics that I write. This topics are defined by the incoming dates or looking at the blogs, searching on the internet, talking to people, etc.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Maybe topics like flowers, nature, people, poses, economics. Well, I believe I don't have a special topic.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
If it is the hardest then maybe is not the way.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Some times I create images that I don't like, but that doesn't stop me by uploading them because there is always somebody that will like what you do.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
The work of others inspire me. It doesn't matters if i like it or not. This is art.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
When it happens I simple do nothing, I save my work and stop. I relax myself by doing something else like sports or watch TV.

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I sit on the desktop with some crackers. I do this a lot. No matter which hours are.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
I don't have a special artist. I try to have an open mind.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Be constant and learn from others by taking time to see what are they doing. Be curious and study tutorials.

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