Cristian Quezada is a Chilean photographer, living in Norway since 2013. The first time he came to Norway he was visiting a friend, and fell in love with Oslo right away. Now he’s based here, still fascinated with Norwegian culture, sharing his work with as many people as possible. In continuation of our My image of Oslo feature, Cristian shares a small part of his photographic perspective of the city…
I take street photos of Oslo. I walk the city almost every day for a couple of hours shooting whatever gets my attention. Normally I play with light, silhouettes, reflections and shadows, mostly in black and white.
After 10 years of taking pictures I can say I have my own style. You can look at my pictures and see they are mine – they have my “signature”. My influences are the biggest masters of photography such as Eugene Smith, Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and a Chilean photographer called Sergio Larrain. I try to use light as they did, but using my own view, of which Oslo is the perfect place practice.
This series is called “Urban Hymns” which is about the way I see the city and the people. Oslo has some wonderful places, so I try to catch this little moment when things just happen. In this series I compare my pictures to songs or hymns that tell a small story about the city. Normally I choose a place and wait for the right second to take a picture. Sometimes I don’t get the shot I was waiting for, but then something else happens, either the light changes or the perfect person comes along on the other street. You never know. You have to be aware. That’s what’s exciting to me.
Follow Cristian on Instagram @cristianquezad