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30 Mar '19

In The Frame: Photographer Daniel Alvarez

Posted by Mike Padua in In The Frame, Interviews
football player kneeling by Daniel Alvarez
All Photos © Daniel Alvarez. All rights reserved.

I'm a photographer born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I got into photography at a very young age. My father was a photographer through the 80s doing portraits, weddings, and fine art photography. I remember spending time with him at a young age in the dark room. In highschool I took a photography class my school offered and played around with photography. Then when college time came around I decided to pursue a bachelors degree in media arts. Media Arts is just a fancy term for learning a little bit of everything art related. While in college I again took photography courses and sort of fell in love with it then but once college was done I stopped and was a bit burned out on the arts. It wasn't until I was in my late 20's that I came back to my first love. A friend of mine passed away in that time and I realized that I only had on shitty cellphone picture of he and I. That bothered me quite a bit and I decided to not ever let that happen again. I wanted to document everything, so I went back to photography and never looked back.

Man from back, staring at colorful balloons by Daniel Alvarez

There are different tools for different jobs. That being said I use several different cameras. My go to set up is my Leica m6 with a zeiss 35mm lens. I would say that I use the set up 90% of the time. I also have a Canon EOS 1V with a variety of different lenses depending on what I'm shooting. I also have a Yashica Mat 124g, an sx 70, a 600, and a land 100. All of these cameras were bought from my friends at Glass Key Photo in San Francisco I typically shoot Tri-X pushed to 1600, and portra 400. I do however love to experiment with different films. It just depends on my mood and what I'm shooting. I also love shooting expired film.

black and white photo of two people in masks at sporting event by Daniel Alvarez

The photos I've submitted were all shot with my Leica and a 35mm lens. Some are from working sporting events and some are from my every day life. My goal is always to tell some kind of story. For me, I think its important to try and have some kind of story, some interesting composition, or interesting light. Sometimes I nail it, some times I'm lucky, but I always try to do better the next time around. Thanks for looking!

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