Jim Azevedo is retired IT consultant who live in Northern Colorado.
I was bitten hard by the photo bug when I was in my early teens. By the time I was seventeen – which was in 1960 – I was shooting with a Hasselblad 500C and doing my own developing and printing. I went on to photography school and was having a really great time of it when, as they say, life got in the way.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
Though the photo career I'd dreamed of never happened, I've stayed involved with photography to a greater or lesser degree all my life.
There was one long period of time when I just about dropped it completely because I was so frustrated with trying to get color prints that looked like what I saw in my head.
Then digital came along and the problem was solved. I was an early adopter and although I still shoot a little film, the digital process feels the most like home to me.
What are you trying to do with your photography?
My style is pretty much having no style. I wander around with a camera with no preconceived idea or shot list.
I like to just go out and see what comes to me. I'm a meditator and a follower of Buddhist philosophy and these things fit well with my way of doing photography.
For me it's all color, shadow and light, and mood. I see color very vividly and feel the emotion of a scene the same way. I want to give some of that to the viewer.
You'd think that as old as I am I'd be pretty worn out and in a lot of ways I am, but – maybe it's my Latin blood – I think there should be passion in what we do, drama in the work we create. If those things aren't there, why bother?
What do you want to show?
I like colors that punch, shadows that are full of mystery, contrast, and subjects that compel you to pay attention. Like just about everyone else, most of the time I fail, but the trying is the best part of it.
It may not be anything anyone wants, but I feel like everything we put out there should be seen as a gift we give to the viewer.
They don't have to see it that way as long as we do. I'm at a point in my life where I just want to tell a small story, and maybe make someone feel a little bit of what I felt when I took the picture.
I don't think there's any better feeling than touching someone with one of your images.
See more of Jim's images on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/-slake-/ or on Instagram @jimazevedo