Telling Urban Stories from Venezuela with @revistanow
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(This interview was conducted in Spanish).
“What matters to me, what inspires me, is the people. That’s why I do so many portraits. I try to tell the story that no one sees, that no one knows and that no one wants to see,” says Ernesto Pérez (@revistanow), who works as editor at a digital magazine in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Ernesto often takes pictures of public transport buses, which are colorful but overwhelming. “I live in a city where you get 112 degrees Fahrenheit [44 Celsius] at noon, so using public transport is a tough experience. I’m interested primarily in those feelings, in the expression of those on that transport system.”
“I take pictures of buses without air conditioning, where everyone is standing up. There’s an infernal heat. There are also other cars known as carros por puesto [public transport cars that fit up to 5 passengers], which are vehicles from the 50s that smell like gasoline,” Ernesto says.
Ernesto says his images represent a unique kind of beauty. “I’ve always thought that I’m disturbing people’s tranquility on their Instagram feed,” he says, adding, “I try to capture what it means to be in a city, I try to focus on people’s feelings. I like to get to know people on the streets. My city, my country is passing through a difficult moment and I am not trying to portray it in a bad light. I am trying to find beauty in places where it is difficult to find it.”