We had the good fortune of connecting with Anton Mora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anton, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
It’s possible to go through times when we feel the work we’re getting is not so good, or what we want to achieve is too difficult… when it happens to me, I try to go back to the roots of my creative process. Then I remember how I enjoy what I’m doing or how I strongly believe in what I’m trying to get done, that helps me to think that there is only one way, it’s to move forward. Either we get what we expected or not, we’ll have done something and that’ll be an experience. I like to think that experiences are always good, they might be easier or harder, happier or sadder, but everything brings a learning to us. So I like to be a doer and keep learning.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy?
It is in street photography where I find an endless excitement since I always have the same thought when take my camera and walk out there, “what am I gonna see today!?”. It feels like going fishing, you need to be there and if you spend some time in the streets, it’ll happen. And hopefully you’ll catch it! Getting these real moments becomes an exciting exercise, even when things look calm, you need to stay focus and pay attention. Same when everything feels fast and crazy, you’ll focus to slow everything down so you can anticipate what’s coming and get the shot. I guess that’s what I like the most about street photography, you just never know if you’ll come home with empty hands or with the best photograph of your life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
While I’m in LA, Venice never disappoints me. It’s a great place to walk around with the camera and catch all kind of different scenarios and people. It also has many places where you can grab a coffee and rest for a bit. I have the same feeling about Mar Vista, it’s a very authentic area, less crowded and where you see more of an everyday kind of scenes while still keeping that LA vibe. I used to live by Venice Blvd and Grand View Blvd, I could just spend hours walking up and down that area. Another place that I love is Downtown LA, it’s like a little jungle with its own personality. Its wide intersections allow the light to fill the streets and the buildings create beautiful backgrounds. It’s one of my favorite places to take photographs as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A talented and respected photographer once told me something during a workshop, it was something like “Your photos are good, but you’re doing too many things (he meant my many hobbies at the time), if you don’t focus on one thing, they’ll never be great”. I totally agree with his advice, but then it made me think a lot, “do I really want to be great at these things?”. While having these thoughts, a very good friend came to mind, my friend Alejandro Nieto. He’s a creative, a writer and he might be one of the people that has taught me more about music, film, photography and other forms of art. To think about how broad his knowledge was helped me realize what I really enjoy, I like to learn about these things so I’m able to appreciate them better and enjoy them. I believe this friend of mine helped me shape the kind of creative that I am today, my goal is not to aim greatness or perfection, it’s to enjoy what I do.