We had the good fortune of connecting with Elio Borjas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elio, what is the most important factor behind your success?
There are several factors that lead to success. I believe that passion is the most important of them. Then there is talent, permanent perseverance, seeking excellence.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My works are the product of what I see, feel and one to convey. I am constantly observing my surroundings, especially the small details. I focus my eyes on what attracts me and then I interpret what I want to convey using composition techniques. What I interpret is very personal and is accompanied by my style. what makes me proud is to see in someone’s face the expression full of feelings when they see my photograph. I once saw the face of a sensitive woman where tears ran down her cheeks when she was looking at one of works for the first time. What has become easy for me in my professional career as a photographer has been to do what I like and follow my instincts. What made it difficult for me was to get and define my own style. My biggest challenges been to be constant in improving myself every day.
Throughout my career I have learned to cultivate humility and I have also understood that you never stop learning because there is always something new that inspires you to express it through my lens,
I want to express to the world that everything I do is essentially characterized by my sincerity and my passion and it is through my camera which I use as if it were a brush where I mix technique with skill and heart, Always do what makes your heart fill with joy in perfect balance with your mind,
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend came to Miami for a visit, I would take him to see a sunrise on the beach in Key Biscayne near the lighthouse. Then I would take him to breakfast at a Bachour in Coral Gables, a delicious Madame Croque sandwich with some exquisite eggs Benedict. Then I would take him to Wynwood to see the most authentic expressions of street art where we saw the most colorful and unique people we could imagine. In Coconut grove we ate a great American hamburger at Local located in that area. Since Miami has so many places to visit, we made a wide selection of food from different nationalities, so we ate Japanese, Italian, Venezuelan, Cuban, Peruvian and Spanish food,, For sightseeing and shopping, take him to Sawgrass mill, Aventura mall, Dadeland mall, Bayside and the Design District, In the evenings we go to the Adrienne Center to assist a concert. We also went to see a basketball game at the Miami Heat headquarters in downtown. We took the mornings to visit the different beaches such as Miami Beach, Southbeach, Key Biscayne and Hallandale. We saw beautiful sunsets in the Giant Wheel in downtown. Also enjoyed an unforgettable sunset in Rusty Pelican en Key Biscayne. Last night I sent to his room the best Pavlova a homemade style dessert from @destinochocolate. My friend was delighted with his experience in Miami and he is planning to come back very soon to see everything he missed.
Miami is my main inspiration, due to its special light, its exotic colors and the wide cultural range that make it so unique.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost I will be grateful to GOD for having lent me the talent of knowing how to photograph. Then I am very grateful to my loving wife Veronica for her great support throughout all our years together. I would also like to mention institutions that have trusted my works and have supported me, for example:
Maison de la France, Fototeca del Tachira, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Museo Anzoátegui, city of Miami, City of Ft. Lauderdale, Minimalist Photography Awards, among others.