Photograph of Ignacio Izquierdo in Kyrgyzstan. (Photo: Courtesy of White Paper By)
Ignacio Izquierdo was born in Madrid, but has lived in numerous countries such as Egypt, Japan, Germany or Ecuador. He is a telecommunications engineer, although his true passion is photography. In 2008, with his camera on his shoulder, he set out to go around the world and on his return he would decide that portraying the planet would be his new way of life. This month his new book Filomena, a photographic chronicle of the snowfall that froze Madrid, goes on sale, in which he shows more than 80 photographs of the iconic storm. We spoke to him to tell us more about his photographs and his adventures across the globe.
What was the moment in your life when you decided to dedicate yourself to photography?
After the crisis of 2008 the world changed and I took some time to travel. I was around the world for a year and a half, taking pictures and sharing them. I felt full, happy as I had not been in my previous jobs. So I thought that I had to turn my life around and my first opportunities as a photographer arose. That was 10 years ago, so I can officially say that I have been working as a photographer for longer than anything else.
What does photography mean to you?
Since I was little I always felt a great attraction for the visual and the artistic. I spent much of my adolescence and youth, drawing and painting, between pencils, inks, easels and oils. The evolution towards photography was a logical evolution for me, although initially I considered it more as an unpretentious hobby than as a way of making a living.
This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.