[ Interview ] Pablo Veiga Photography

Pablo is a Spanish born, Sydney based independent photographer of architecture, interiors, people and places.  His interest in photography started in his youth, he grew up surrounded by moving black and white photographs of the 1950’s and 60’s in Galicia, Spain.  These where take by his grandfather and award winning amateur photographer of the time.  However it was this beautiful and inspiring country of ours that fueled and encourage him to pick up the camera and start his love affair with the lens.  More specifically his interest in shooting interiors came by marriage to his interior designer wife. 

Pablo established his own photography studio in 2014 after years of taking photographs.  To find out more about Pablo’s journey and what it takes to shoot interior spaces keep on reading.

- Could you please tell me a little about yourself and what lead you to become a photographer?

I have loved photography since seeing my grandfather’s photographs as a child.  He won awards with his photography and I grew up surrounded by them.  After working a couple of years in Italy as a nurse, I did some travelling with friends in Australia.  I borrowed my brother’s camera for the trip and fell in love with taking photos again.   I kept working as a nurse and it took me a few more years after that to seriously consider it as a career path.

- Which photographers, artists, architects or others influenced you, and how did they influence your work?

Australian photographers such as Anson Smart, Sharyn Cairns or Shannon Mcgrath and the way they use light to their benefit, but not only Australian or architectural and interior photographers, I also like the work of Ditte Isager, Pia Ulin, Mario Testino, Murray Fredericks, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nick Brandt, Steve Mccurry, Cartier-Bresson, the list goes on.

 In terms of architects and designers I really like the work of Christian Liagre, Axel Vervoordt, Mies van de Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames etc.,… I like a mix of simplicity and minimalism but usable and livable spaces, clean lines and good design. 

- What was it with interior photography that captured your interest? 

Being raised in Spain and after living in Italy for two years I already had an interest in architecture, you are constantly exposed and surrounded by it. After meeting and marrying an Interior Designer I guess that the merging of the two was inevitable

- Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why

I really like the work that we did at Sydney Rd, Manly not only is it our apartment, but it also was a complete collaboration with my interior designer wife. 

- And which is your favourite room to photograph and why? 

Any room that has great light and it’s combined with good design.  This instantly becomes a favourite and I can’t wait to get into it and have fun. 

- What key pieces/ elements make a good interior shot?  

The recipe for a great shot is clean lines, good clever design and most importantly great light. 

When I see your photographs everything just looks so effortless. But we are sure that the effortless look comes with a lot of knowledge and preparation. Are there any difficulties in photographing interior spaces? 

It takes a lot of time for designers and architects alike to choose and select both furniture and furnishing and getting their colour palette for their projects. To me getting the colours and the balance of elements right in a photograph is really crucial. 

- What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? 

Still so many things to learn, I wish I knew all about it before started. I was lucky to received great advice while at CATC Design School and after graduating. 

- Is there anything that you might want to share with us about you and your work that we may have not discussed?

 I would love to go back in time and be able to photograph the interior of Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek or Roman temples, they must have been amazing!

Other great images of Pablo Veiga's work below:

Man Cave Project - Photo Pablo Veiga

Montpelier Project - Photo Pablo Veiga