What’s your favorite daily ritual?
It takes me approximately two hours to get fully awake, that’s why my daily routine involves the most aggressive hardcore music you can find and a few cups of strong coffee. My favorite daily routine is updating my photographic journal,
with any new work that I have produced in previous days.
What do you do when you are not working with FvF?
I’m working a lot for national and international publications and agencies, which involves more and more traveling. So I’m on the road a lot at the moment. Besides that I try to stay organized and keep our photography blog Cult updated and on the pulse.
Where do you go when you want to relax or get inspired in your city?
The magical place where I relax best is actually not located in the city I live in. It’s an hour away by car and is the most beautiful lake you can imagine. A true gem where you can jump cliffs, feed swans, relax on small islands and swing ropes. I just bought a small boat that I spend every spare minute on, reading, drinking beer and waving to people. And it’s totally secret.
How has technology influenced you?
As long as it serves me, I love technology. But it’s the tools I work with, not precious fetish objects. I can easily drop my camera, which I regularly do, without feeling too much guilt, as long as it works.
Best travel memory?
Crashing an empty jazz club in downtown Vancouver during a summer rainstorm with two of my best friends, while totally wet and hungover. Inside the huge empty venue there was one great piano player, smashing the sweetest tunes. He was illuminated by a single spotlight as the rain poured outside. We gathered around him silently, spent our last money on whiskey and had a really great time.
Your latest artistic discovery (musical, art or design)?
Researching for Cult means seeing a lot of great photographers on a daily basis, but I’ve enjoyed the works of these guys the most lately: Daniel Shea, Geordie Wood, Thomas Prior, Estelle Hanania, Christopher Anderson, Jason Nocito, Ryan Pfluger, just to name a few.
What was the last great meal you ate and where?
We happened to be in Warsaw for a job two weeks ago and I was amazed by the city itself. We had lunch with our guide at a venue on Koszykowa Street, shame on me that I forgot the name. It was a small pop up bar and restaurant with a vegetable and a meat market attached. A true to the heart place with great meat and fresh asparagus.
Three websites – more or less – you visit daily ?
Too many to list and unfortunately Google reader died a few weeks ago. I regularly check aphotoeditor.com and Jörg Colberg’s fantastic Conscientious blog for a good read on photography.
Who would you like to see featured next on FvF?
I would love to see how Lemmy Kilmister lives, hope he gets better soon.
What photographers/artists influenced you the most?
I admire Wolfgang Tillmans for his eclecticism and editing process, and John Cleese for this lecture. He is the best for encouraging creativity and a great laugh too.
What’s your favorite portrait on FvF?
The series of Mike Maggiore is one of my favorites because it’s beautifully shot by my friend Fette Sans and it’s kind of breaking with the predominant aesthetics on the site.
Thank you Ramon for your continued work and contributions to FvF. Visit his blog CULT or browse through all the FvF portraits shot by Ramon here.