Jim Azevedo is retired IT consultant who live in Northern Colorado.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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I don't think there's any better feeling than touching someone with one of your images.

 

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See more of Jim's images on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/-slake-/ or on Instagram @jimazevedo