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Portrait Photography – The day I met Maria de Villota

Portrait Photography – The day I met Maria de Villota

[wptab name=’English’]-. Portrait photography I’ll always remember the day I met María de Villota. My friend and colleague Susana Vera from Reuters passed me an assignment for a Mag she culdn’t do although she drived me finally on her car to Jarama race track. There was that blonde girl under 30’s. At first sight she looked like a pretty girl with her doll house, but instead of having a house she had a box and instead of a doll she had a Formula 3000 car. I don not pretend to underestimate her, but unveiling my own prejudice and of many, who’d thought by that time that a woman could reach the dream of Formula1? The answer was on her look, she believed on it with deep determination and reflected it. Despite her friendly manners, strange behavior in an Elite athlete, María showed no sign of gender weakness when talking about her desire to reach the top. What most called my attention was that next time we met she saluted me with special affection, remembering our precious meeting. I’ve always thought that when you photograph somebody, there’s an intimate moment between two people. Both give something away, the photographer gives care through the camera and the subject gives back trust with its attitude, I’d dare to say that the phootgrapher/subject relationship is closer than the journalist/interviewed, because despite being shorter, the subject strips in front of the photographer, lets him see its inner self, with no words. Many times I keep some special affection to some people I’ve photographed, even if I never meet them again. Most of it if...