Studying Graphic Design and Photography, Andoni Beristain paved his path for a creative career where he could turn his imagination into real life scenarios captured in shots bursting with colours and humorous elements. In love with fashion and still life photography, he creates a vibrant and eye-catching trash glamour world that finds its way into magazines such as Aristocrazy, Beatriz Preciado, Brosmind, Monarchy, New Balance or Neo2 Magazine, to mention just a few. For more check out the interview below and visit his website www.andoniberistain.com. If you’re interested in fashion and still life photography, also see Bela Borsodi and Aleksandra Kingo.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I’m an Art Director and a Photographer who likes to have fun and tell stories through his work. In three words: colour, fun and meaning.
Whom do you look up to?
Any freelancer who is able to make a living out of his talent, fight and goes ahead.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Illustrator duo Brosmind have been a turning point on my way of looking at things. They contacted me to shoot some portraits and still lifes for their autobiographical book and everything went so smoothly, we understood each other perfectly and they’re always giving me advice, helping me and they emanate this strong energy that encourages you to keep going.
How did your photographic career start?
By chance. While I was studying Graphic Design a teacher told me to go into the world of photography, because, according to him, I have a special way of looking; I did what he said and everything became bigger and bigger.
What was your favourite project and why?
I love all my projects, but S-PAIN (a hand with a glove on) is probably one of the most remarkable pieces of my work. “Lament”, a fashion editorial I made in Madrid also meant a lot to me.
How do you define creativity?
The way you make your ideas come true.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
“Fight and never give up”, even though it sounds like the ending of a Hollywood film.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“Life is for the brave”, but that also sounds like the ending of a Hollywood film.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I’m self-taught in the field of photography, so what I didn’t know helped me to keep going. Not knowing has been key in not settling. It’s still the same now, everything that is not under my control still helps me to research and keep on learning.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
My work is what makes me get up every morning in a good mood (even though I’m like a bear and I could hibernate for a year), so, I guess no.