Alessandro Bo, Producer
The earliest memory I have about my interest in photography starts with the long slide show presentations that my dad used to project after exciting field trips with the family. This may be a good reason for my tendency and attraction to shoot mainly in color. With a European background and being born and raised in Mexico City, there is no doubt I had to find a way to empathize and explore this rich and multi-layered culture, discovering a strong voice through this medium.
After having the great privilege to live and study four years in Brisbane, Australia, I returned home with a fresh view of my culture, and since then I have published my work in magazines such as Travel & Leisure, Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, and GQ. In May 2012 I undertook a life-changing and revealing trip pedaling my classic Peugeot road bicycle 4,500 KM from Mexico City to San Francisco, CA. During this crazy four-month period I grew up in many ways as a person and produced a body of work inspired by the trip called "CynchroniCity," which was selected as finalist for the Mexican Foundation of Arts and Cinema FUMCA. In 2015 some of my work was chosen to be part of a group exhibition at Pedro Meyer`s Cuatro Caminos Gallery opening in Mexico City. Some of my most recent work was selected to be part of a collaborative Acuity Press publication at PDN Street Photography 2015.
Most of my inspiration comes from extravagant, bizarre, curious, eccentric, funny, odd, and surreal moments and people that I encounter in everyday life. On the other hand, I am always trying to explore the limits between reality and fiction, leaving the viewer to make the last decision. It is through photography that I have slowly found a voice to discover.
"I photograph the way a musician hums." Marc Riboud
Being a photographer is a state of mind.When I was five-years-old, my aunt, a teacher in rural Mexico, came home with the photo book "The Best of LIFE." We spent a lot of time looking at those pictures from the iconic magazine, and I discovered another world with the eyes of a child. I don’t know how that book came into her hands while she was working in a remote village, but seeing those photos sent me down a path I still follow.
In junior high, I accompanied my cousin on a road trip to the United States, where he was going to buy cameras to sell back home. At the border, we hid the boxes of the new equipment. He and I put three cameras around our necks and we pretended we were photographers to avoid paying import taxes. We made it across the border, and suddenly the camera became a symbol of freedom to me.
I went on to study photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografia in Cuernavaca, my work has been exhibited in California, France, Switzerland, and Mexico, and I was nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2012. I'm currently documenting theater life in Mexico.
When you’re a kid, you aren't worried about composition or the other rules of photography. When I take a picture, I’m not thinking of the aesthetic side of photography, I just dare to do it like I did when I was a kid. That’s how each photographer develops a style. Don’t be afraid. Just dare to do it.
I don’t want to be rational- I want to be emotional. I want to enjoy pictures and feel what's in them. I don’t want to try to understand them. Because there’s nothing to understand.