I’m taking a new direction in my life. Having always been captivated by seeing how artists do what they do, I’m starting a journal to document and share this new creative endeavor with you.

Somewhere in Texas. December 2020.

I would like to begin by sharing the short story of when everything changed. Or at least, that’s how I like to think about it.

It was a cloudy Monday in the middle of December 2020, when I was still living in Houston, Texas when I surprised my wife with her Christmas gift. Yes, two weeks before Christmas. I bought her a bulky second-hand Canon camera because she wanted to learn photography. Now, if you have the opportunity to ask her about that camera, she would tell you: “I barely touched it. I’m still waiting for my Christmas gift!”. She is right. I was fascinated. I monopolized that heavy old Canon after that day and made it mine. And yes, I still owe her a present — a big one.


Everything changed after that moment. It didn’t happen abruptly but slowly. Click by click. Photo after photo. In the following months, I started absorbing everything about photography. I even got a new camera, lenses, and more gear — yeah, I also fell into that trap. Photography became an obsession.

This enthusiasm took me to the point where I am today. Leaving my old professional life behind and taking a new direction — a new, unknown but exciting path. You can say this is a midlife crisis —I’m 40, if you don’t know— but it’s not. Or maybe it is. I don’t care. I’ve been struggling during the last few years, looking for “something” I didn’t know what it was until now. Thanks to that “stolen” gift, a new world was revealed in front of me.


Photography is a vast but exciting world with infinite paths. I don’t know which one awaits me, but I’m sure I will carve my own. I’m far from being a “good” photographer, and my work right now is average at best, but every creative person has a beginning, and this is mine.

I want to document my journey and share everything along the way. Seeing other artists do their craft, study their creative process, and watch how they get from point A to point B is fascinating and insightful. I find it extremely helpful. I hope you do too because that’s what I intend to do here.

My website and this journal will be the main outlets to show all my work, discoveries, and learnings. I plan to share bits of everything on social media platforms —you can follow me there, too— but I encourage you to do it here and join me on this adventure without all the noise. Think of it as a letter from a friend — an intimate window into my images, experiences, travels, and much more.


Expect the following content on a weekly basis:

  • updates on my work and projects: new images, stories, behind-the-scenes, etc.
  • brief notes on different aspects of photography: composition, post-processing, printing, photobooks, etc.
  • and lots of other photography-related stuff worth sharing: articles, books, podcasts, exhibitions, documentaries, etc.

I hope this journal helps you to learn something new, feel inspired, or more importantly, enjoy photography.

Thanks for coming along on the ride.

Until next week,
Ruben

This Is Just the Beginning