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Mobile Photography Intimate Interview with Jose Ramon Estrada A from Mexico City, Mexico

Our one hundredth and fourth interview in this series of intimate interviews is with talented mobile photographer Jose Ramon Estrada from Mexico City, Mexico, you may know of him from his popular Instagram account @joeramone1122. Ramon is still working on this body of work in Mexico City. He explains ‘it has to do with insecurity, earthquakes and in general with the risks of living in a City. All people have daily activities but they live in a constant stress caused by these reasons. The danger is latent and I represent it with the red color that bathes the city‘. It’s an powerful and vibrant viewpoint, bursting with emotion. Enjoy!

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria EllisRino RossiMehmet DuyulmusAlexis RotellaLou Ann Sanford DonahueIrene OleksiukKerry MitchellFiliz AkDale BothaM. Cecilia Sao ThiagoDeborah McMillionRita ColantonioAmy EcenbargerJane SchultzAnca BalajJoyce HarkinArmineh HovanesianKate Zari RobertsVicki CooperPeter WilkinBarbara BramanBecky MenziesSukru Mehmet OmurSarah BichachiMichel PretterklieberAlon GoldsmithJudy Lurie WahlbergAndrea BigiariniSean HayesOola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios Linda Toki, Deb FieldEmilo Nadales, Lydia CassattDavid HayesJean HutterFrederic DeschênesMark SchnidmanFatma KorkutFleur SchimRob Pearson-WrightDieter GaebelJames EllisMarco P PradoJeronimo SanzManuela Matos MonteiroBleu ChemikoManuela BasaldellaStefania PiccioniLuis RodríguezMarilisa Andriani(@mitrydate) Mayte Balcells (@artofmayte), Nicole Christophe, Jennifer GrahamCathrine HalsørPaul ToussaintCarol WiebeJulie Denning, Kim Clayton (@berleyart), Karen MessickSerap UtaşMaryJane RosenfeldPaul SuciuSusan Latty (@pause.and.breathe),John NietoPhyllis ShennyJoy BarryMax Lies DerdonkRita TipuninaViolet MartinsNizzar Ben ChekrouneLynette SheppardPaul-Andre HamelRejane RubinoSusan DetroyRosalie HellerWayman StairsCintia MalhotraAnita ElleJuta JazzCheryl TarrantHanni König   Kaoru Shintaku David Gilbert Jana Curcio, Mary Lorincz Amado Ergana, Francesco Sambati, Philip ParsonsKathryn Garkut Massimo Bortolini  Camilla Crescini Francesca Malagoli Sidonie Petit Dirk FleischmannFiona ChristianAlastair Hooley Juliet Morris Lisa Cirenza Nayeem Siddiquee (Jabaz) Efrat Sela and myselfgo here.


What was your first childhood ambition?

I had many brothers to look after then I was sick to my heart, so I didn’t have a great desire to meet as a child. The strongest wish was as a teenager and it was to play football, which I fulfilled.

First recognition?

It was in the sixth grade, representing my school in the knowledge contest.


First job?

As a child, I did several activities for which I was paid, but my first formal job was at the age of 18 where I had social security. In a warehouse, he sorted metals and he filled purchase orders.

Private or state school?

All my education was in state schools. Photography studies were in private schools.

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University or work?

It was a difficult time in my student days, so I worked before I finished college.

Who was or is your mentor?

When I was studying experimental biology, I had a teacher in organic chemistry, with whom I got the highest score in laboratory practices. He allowed me to imagine through the review of articles on the evolution of life.

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How physically fit are you?

I am in good shape, however I am above my weight, and I had a cardiac problem from which I am already recovered.

Ambition or talent? What matters more to success?

I would change the word ambition by constancy, and I would say that talent can be had, and with constancy, you can develop the necessary skills, the vast majority of us are able.

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How politically committed are you?

Lately not so engaged.

What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?

A study, to work.

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What is your biggest extravagance?

I am actually more low profile.

In which places are you happiest?

In places with many plants and water in a temperate climate.

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What ambitions do you still have?

Sell my photos, Expose in Arles France, have a large format camera, Have a Range Rover… Travel to Peru…

What you drive you on?

Knowledge, curiosity, justice, solidarity, dreams and believing that things can be better every day.

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What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

Participate in a collective exhibition in the center of the image in Mexico.

What do you find most irritating in other people?

The lack of respect for others, the unconsciousness about pollution.

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If your twenty-­‐year’s old self could see you now, what would you think?

Come on boy, there is still a long way to go.

What object that you have lost do you wish you still had?

A Nikon 35-70 mm lens that fell into a lake.

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What is the greatest challenge of our time?

It is that the human being is aware of himself and his relationship with the environment.

Do you believe in the afterlife?

I believe more in parallel universes in string theory.


If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, what would you score?


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