Sergio Castro is Obsessed with Memory
Who: Sergio Castro San Martín
Where he was born: El Salvador, Atacama Desert, 1979
Where he lives now: In Santiago, Chile
What he does: I am a photographer and a filmmaker.
How it all began:
One of my older sisters gave me a old analog camera in 1997 just before I travel to Torres del Paine. I bought diapositives and colour films. After the trip I realized that the photos were not very good. I doubted of myself until a Chilean photographer told me, “You must take more photos in your life.” This expression was revealing for me.
How he captures ideas:
In general I imagine the photos in a particular place. Obviously, it is never the same when you are shooting there, so I try to bring that first picture to that moment. Another habit is to look through the viewfinder and wait for the exactly moment. I prefer to shoot in film so the moment you are capturing is unique.
If he were a sound:
The sound of sea, or the sound of fire. For me it is the same. When you dont have any, you can climb to the top of a high building where the sound of traffic is in some way similar.
He believes in:
I believe in everything. When I was Younger, I used to be Catholic, for my education and my family, but today I believe in God, Buda, Aliens, other galaxies, mermaids, and much more.
If he could see social disruption:
The fall of the current economic system and the change to a more sustainable world.
Something he needs to change:
Think less and enjoy more.
Something great he’s read:
I am now reading a book, given to me by a friend, called Homeostasis. There are several interviews, with all kinds of people—conducted by Sergio Larraín, a Chilean photographer—who live in Chile and have changed their lives after living in the “system.” It is a book in which people analyze the current world, and the world they imagine for future generations.
Richard Hawley and Neil Young are always in my headphones.
His most recent artistic references:
John Hilliard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Constant, Harold Feistein, and Vivian Maier.
Favorite photograph by his most admired photographer:
There is a photo from Harold Feistein (“Window Washer,” 1968) It’s the shadow of a man cleaning a big window and behind, a herd of birds fly. Is a magical moment.
Why he takes photos:
I dont´know. Maybe because I’m obsessed with memory.
Where he finds peace:
When I travel.
Sergio’s WILD Wish:
Stay during a long time with a native tribe.
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