Enmanuel Morales Schmidt arrived in the world of photography for circumstances of life. His brother had to leave Fuerteventura due to work and Enmanuel, to make him feel near his land, started to take pictures of the island day-to-day. That way, picture after picture, he started to notice that people liked his snapshots.
He brought himself to publish them so that those friends who were also living away from the island could feel near it and, in a record time, his social nets got off the ground. We‘ re talking about the social nets of Fuertevidorra, created a couple of years ago, managed exclusively by Emmanuel, a whole success from the very beginning, in Facebook and instagram alike. An account dedicated to showing the beauty of Fuerteventura and, in certain occasions, of the Canary Islands.
Everything Enmanuel knows about photography he taught himself, above all thanks to youtube tutorials and fiddling with his own equipment. He started out with his camera, but thanks to his partner, who gave him his first drone, he brought himself to aerial photograph and he admits that nowadays it’s his favourite. «I took the professional drone pilot license. Although I love the drone, because it offers very different viewpoints, I also enjoy the camera a lot. However there are places the camera can’t reach while the drone can».
Video or picture? If I have to choose, I prefer the picture. I try to catch living and animated pictures so that every person can imagine what the next photogram would be.
Landscape or portrait? No doubt, landscape. I’m in love with Fuerteventura landscape, changing every day. I try to catch the island I love as I see it, expressing in every shot my admiration for her, dry, arid, wild… It was just these landscapes that launched me as a photographer.
Edited or natural pictures? I shoot in Raw, that is, raw format, so I edit my pictures to get to what we see with our eyes when we get as close as possible to the reality of the landscape.
Equipment you cannot miss… My wide-angle lens, my camera, my drone with all the fully charged batteries to be able to fly for as long as possible and catching as much as I can.
A place you recommend for taking pictures? Cofete, at dawn or dusk. It’s a magic nook, with its mist, its cliff, that huge beach, with or without clouds…
A place you’d like to photograph? I’d really love to travel to Iceland to photograph those impressive corners. The Faroe Islands also used to attract me, but I’ve known about their tradition of killing whales and I’ve lost the interest.
A photographer is born or made? In my modest opinion, in my case, it’s made.
A goal… Making a living exclusively on taking pictures.
A dream… Managing a single account for the whole of the Canary Islands, tramping all around and catching all those spectacular corners, thus devoting myself just to landscape photography in the Canary Islands.
What have the social nets meant to you? Every like in one of my pictures, every comment, every time anyone shares… I feel a great motivations to keep photographing and publishing pictures.
Thanks, Enmanuel, for filling the nets with wonderful pictures of our great paradise.