ANDRES PORRASDP / COLORST
I was born in the quiet colonial town of Popayán, Colombia in 1972. It isn’t surprising that my father’s interest in photography soon would rub off on me. At an early age, I found a special interest in photography and so my father gave me my first still camera and the basic knowledge of composition and lighting. Little did he know he had sparked a flame that would last a life time.
My love for photography grew substantially ever since my childhood and never faltered. By age 14, my family and I settled in New York City. Moving to the United States was more than just a move to a different country. Along with the new environment came new perceptions of lighting and the flame inside of me grew more intense. My appreciation of lighting continued to grow and seemed to find a purpose when I started film school. There, my earlier perceptions found a new partner: The concept of motion pictures.
Now, in my forties, I feel accomplished as a cinematographer. The 19 years of professional experience has brought me great opportunities to not only execute on the field but also to give back in the classroom. My thirst for knowledge and further understanding of the motion picture, as a medium and as an industry, is as strong as ever. That little boy’s flame from Popayán has never faded.