Interview with photographer Adrián Zorzano, author of self-published book Come Home

By Adrián Zorzano. November 6, 2013


It's no secret that the book Come Home, by young photographer Adrián Zorzano, is one of those publications that we never become tired of recommending. This little self-published gem “intimate, strong and humble“ takes us to that place so strange and familiar where we often return when we are lost: home. A few weeks ago we included it in our weekly recommended publications, and today we talk to Adrián about his book Come Home, how he takes and edits photos and his projects for the future.

What are you working on right now?

I've been preparing a small project about the Netherlands for a while. I love Holland, it is a place full of beauty and wilderness, quite nostalgic and with some sort of American atmosphere. I am very interested in its culture. Besides, there is a lot of talent there, both in photography and in publishing.

Three things that make you keep wanting to take pictures every day.




How is your process of taking pictures? How do you select and edit them?

Well, I don't really know when I'm gonna take a picture, I don't tend to have anything planned. Sometimes I don't take pictures for quite some time, and other times I have the opportunity to develop a project like The Sleeping Man in little more than four hours. I give more importance to the edition than to the photo itself: these days almost everyone can take a picture. But sometimes, when you put together multiple images and you see how they are related, you can create new types of reading that make you think of things that you didn't considered at the beginning. Everything has more value and the content of the idea that you want to develop becomes stronger. In my case, the editing process is a combination of chance and the ideas that I try to convey, but it's at that moment when I really stop and think about what I'm doing, or what I'm trying to tell.

Tell us a bit more about the series Come Home and its process of becoming a book.

I started taking photos for Come Home when I was doing an annual course in Madrid-based photo school Blank Paper. We had to develop a project and I wanted to photograph something close to me. At that time I didn't like the idea of doing something where I felt part of it. After a period of doubt, I began to photograph everything around me in an environment that I considered family. It was a way of questioning what I took for granted and at the same time reflecting on the everyday to take it a step further.

The creation of the book was the way of closing the project. I learned a lot thanks to the people around me. At that moment I discovered the key role of editing. I had to make two editions, because at first I was so excited that the book had more than 100 photographs and anyone was lost among so many images. In the second edition, I was much more careful with the choice of materials, the interior, the order and, above all, the content. I reduced the project to just under 20 photos because I wanted them to be what I really was at that time.

What do you see if you lift your eyes from this question and what will you do once you finish the interview?

To be honest, right now I'm in the studio so I see some cactus, a Coke and a typical Dutch candle. It's a cold but sunny autumn day. Later, I'll try to go for a bike ride and I'll probably talk about how good is Breaking Bad.

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