I first picked up a camera when I discovered my father's SLR—a beautiful, leather-cased machine that made a satisfying ka-chik every time I clicked the shutter. Unfortunately, being only six years old at the time, I eventually lost interest and didn't rediscover photography until 30 years later, when I bought my first Nikon on a whim. I've never looked back. When I peer through my lens and search for that decisive moment, I become hyper-aware of photography's ability to reveal the beauty that surrounds us, but which we often don't notice as we rush about our day. It's this facet of photography that informs my images. With an emphasis on emotion over pixels, and story over the staged tableau, my work is ultimately about the fleeting, unguarded moments when our true selves are revealed in the best possible light.
"Very often an artist would exhibit a photograph that is well executed yet isn't particularly complimentary to the subject. Ismael Fernandez isn't such an artist. He truly cares about the people his photographs depict and it only enhances the overall effect. Spectacular!" —Katya Shubova, tango dancer
"A beautiful artist with a sense of time and place and a keen eye for capturing the most evanescent art of all— the art of the dance and the dance of relationship."—Judith Rose, dancer and founder of Vital Movement™
"Ismael, your photos are incredible! You capture the moments in between moments, the sparks, the aligning of energies, of minds, of hearts. Your lens is like a doorway to the microcosm of those 4ish minutes of music during which dancers stop hiding from each other and from themselves! Don't ever close it."—Steve Rekhler, blues and lindy hop dancer