My name is Rafael Chacón (Rafach), your humble photographer.
I’ve never been a very public person. It’s one of the reasons my photography is minimally published, both in quantity of pictures and the stories behind them.
Another reason is the sad state of security in my country, but that’s another point which I will not use to bore you.
Back on track, during these years, I have not only grown as a photographer, but also in being outgoing and open.
This post is part of that growth.
Now then, a little bit of history:
As a 13-year-old kid I used a borrowed 110 mm Osawa film camera (doesn’t even appear in Google) to take pictures with bad light and even worse composition of a zoo visit.
I have *no idea* what happened to those pictures.
Then I tried asking a friend in middle school for a portrait shoot, the very first one:
It sucks, big time; But we had fun doing it.
Alas, it would be the very first and last one for a long time.
This was during the transition from film to digital, drooling over from the first Sony Mavicas that used a floppy disk to store pictures, to the first canon digital rebels.
It was until 2003 that I got my first digital camera but used it only as a casual camera with my then girlfriend and friends without much interest in doing it as a craft or learning above the point and shoot nature of the camera.
During my teenage years I didn’t try portrait photography again as I attempted other arts or was busy being in love from 2003 to 2008.
Then in summer of 2007, an international work opportunity came up where I would be in London for a while. I had the bright idea that I would need a camera for the sights (still had my by then very outdated 2003 3.2 megapixel camera).
So, I want ahead and bought a Sony Point & Shoot with a big zoom and took many pictures.
One of the great things of that trip was taking pictures of the people attending the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book launch.
However; The landscape and museum shots, well, I saw them as bad postcards, I didn’t really like doing this kind of pictures as I had no nor interest for them at the time.
But I did learn that the very act of taking pictures of whatever I found interesting was mesmerizing, specially portraits outside of my social circle.
Once I went back to the US, I sold the Sony Camera and with my earnings bought a shiny new Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D for our European friends), which was my (affordable) dream camera at the time.
I was overjoyed.
Taking pictures of everything, things, pets, plants, family, events (which earned me heavy criticism as I refused to shoot with autofocus), learning online what every technical detail meant and how it worked.
This made me very technically savvy, but I was not working on my compositing side.Soon once again, I found myself taking pictures of only friends and family.
I wanted more, I wanted to emulate the famous photographers at the time from the popular artist repository Deviantart (Instagram did not exist back then).
So, I asked my then girlfriend of five years for a model shot. She wasn’t really into it and we never did make it.
Sadly, we were about to split as our life roads had already diverged for a while.
Went ahead and asked a friend in university to help me in October 2008, which she agreed to happily and I began asking for exchanges and offering free shots to practice.
The first few years I had a “Print all the things phase” which in retrospective was not the sound financial decision it appeared to be at the time nor the best pictures I should have printed.
I was very happy at the time with them though.
It was not my career though, so some “Down years” such as 2016 I did almost no shootings.
I did try new things such as using a little figurine during trips as to change my perspective and to not have postcards for pictures. It was cool for the trips but found a much better concept moving forward, getting local models in the smalled window of time possible.
Not one year have I stopped though, and I plan to keep moving forward with it in a more frequent basis no matter my activity.
Thanks everyone for all the love and support!
As for the pictures across the last few years, the following video sums it up nicely:
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I have!