Javier Alonso Torre
I have always felt a real passion for both Nature and photography, although not always at the same time. My childhood memories spread from going fishing to the river with my father to climbing up the trees searching for cherries while walking with grandpa. My love for photography is also given by my father, who would always carry in his hands an old reflex camera wrapped in an odd brown leather case. My first camera, the Pentax Asahi Spotmatic Spll is of father inheritance and can still take excellent pictures. While living in the Canary Islands (1995-1999), I start taking my first artistic pictures, but the high cost of the films and their developing placed the hobby in a stand-by position. It is years later, and thanks to passionate photographer and naturalist Txemi, when these two great passions were sealed, becoming somehow obsessive. Since then, I have never stopped learning: watching other photographers’ pictures, reading books, but specially playing with the camera. Both local photographers, who showed the beauty of their immediate vicinity, like Isabel Díaz, Asier Castro or Rosa Basurto, and worldwide renowned photographers, like Galen Rowell, José B. Ruiz or Mark Adamus, have influenced my artwork.
I edit and coordinate since 2011 the magazine LNH, available from http://issuu.com/yfaerin/docs. Born as a personal project it has no other goal than promoting nature photography as well as the concerns and values that drive the authors involved.
Within AEFONA, the Spanish Association of Nature Photographers, I coordinate, along with Marian Sáenz-Díez, the digital edition of its magazine IRIS Agenda LNH, available from http://www.aefona.org/publicaciones/agenda_lnh.
Founding member of North PhotoTours (http://northphototours.com/), an initiative that since 2011 organizes workshops and talks about nature photography, composition, use of filters and others.
2014 – Finalist in MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Costa Brava Girona´s Pyrenees”
2013 – Second award in Aefona Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Art in Nature”.
2013 – Finalist in Aefona Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Vegetal World”.
2013 – Finalist in MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Art in Nature”
2011 – Finalist in MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Vegetal World”.
2009 - Finalist in MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography, under the category “Mountain”
2008- Finalist in the Photographic Contest Certámen fotográfico Medio Ambiente Colmenar Viejo
Prizewinning and special mentions in various local contests.
Participation in the book “Inspirats per la Nature 2013”
Participation in the book “Naturaleza Ibérica 2012”
Participation in the book “Inspirats per la Nature 2011”
Publication of photographs in several magazines nationwide: National Geographic Viajes, Visión Salvaje, Iris and Hola Viajes.