I have the great pleasure in introducing and highlighting the wonderful photographic work done by Ulises J. Pastran. He runs the website UP Photography, and a Facebook group, and has dabbled in photography since 2010. The following examples are just a few of his works, but they help to capture the essence of his skills as a photographer, whether they are landscape, nature or portrait shots.
Perhaps, for me, one of his most interesting shots is this one below, of the entrance hall in the Natural History Museum. Whilst capturing the flow of the visitors to this wonderful public museum, we can see that the time lapsed photography has highlighted the fast flowing lives of humans as they flow throughout the hall, who in turn are juxtaposed against the impressive monolith of the Diplodocus dinosaur in the foreground, standing still against all time. Touchingly, the shot has also captured a resting mother with her two children in the bottom right hand corner.
A recent Masters graduate from the University of Sheffield, Ulises hails originally from the Central American country of Nicaragua, but is currently living in the United Kingdom. After having met him whilst also studying in Sheffield at the same time, I have to say I have rarely met a person more full of life than Ulises. He is influenced first and foremost by his mother, who was deeply interested in photography as a way of capturing the world, although never owning a decent camera led to constraints on her efforts. Ulises is propelled for his passion for photography by the inherent beauty of natural world, “I try to capture nature in my shots, because I think people rarely take the time to appreciate how beautiful the simplest things can be”.
His photography also helps capture the vibrancy of life, whilst often taking a contemplative perspective, as found in the sublime photograph below. This photograph highlights the wonderfully intertwining colour’s of the sky, with the beautifully positioned clouds helping to give depth to the picture. I personally look forward to more examples of this man’s art, so keep an eye on the website for future updates.
Ulyses is always seeking inspiration so catch his most recent shots in the sources below, because, as I hope this post has demonstrated, you never know quite what next he is going to capture with his camera- be it an act of nature, a staggered photo scene, or a clutch of portrait shots that ooze emotion and feeling.
Further sources of UP Photography: