I was born and raised in the tropical city of Caracas.
Moving to London in 1988, I started to fulfil my dream of becoming a cinematographer. Parallel to shooting my own stuff on Super 8 and taking endless photographs wherever I went, I came up through the traditional camera ranks, from camera trainee to focus puller -1st AC-. The film industry was very busy and bubbly, and on a weekly basis I had the privilege to witness the highly creative approach of some of the most interesting and exciting directors in music videos and television commercials (Anton Corbijn, Frank Budgen, Chris Palmer, Pedro Romhanyi, Kevin Godley, Jake Nava, Nigel Dick, Andy Morahan, and many others), as well as regularly assisting and working with a plethora of wonderful cinematographers (Tim Maurice-Jones B.S.C., Alexander Melman, Daniel Landin B.S.C., John Mathieson B.S.C., Steve Chivers, Ivan Bird, Mike Southon B.S.C., Tat Radcliffe B.S.C., Clive Tickner B.S.C., to name but a few).
I was involved in a variety of projects: feature films, TV dramas, television commercials, music videos and multi-camera live concerts.
Within the music scene, I was working with some of the most acclaimed acts in the music world, such as The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Björk, Sting, Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, INXS, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Brian May, Gun’s and Roses, Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, Janet Jackson, U2, Eric Clapton, and many more.
Having shot a fair amount of low budget music videos, test TV commercials and short films while I was working as a focus puller, I then graduated to full time Director of Photography in 2001, giving me the opportunity to start putting into practice all the knowledge that I had accumulated over the previous decade. It was a very exciting time in my professional life.
Finally, I was much closely involved in the storytelling, working very close to the director, I was lighting, I was operating the camera, week in week out I was practicing the fascinating and magical art of exposing film. I very strongly felt that I was entering an infinite journey, and somehow knew that it was just the beginning of a never-ending path. Becoming a DoP was the start of an all-consuming, life altering relationship with cinematography and storytelling.
As Director of Photography, I have travelled extensively all over the world, having shot in more than 50 countries. I have been involved in the production of music videos and hundreds of award winning television commercials for clients such as: AUDI, Citroen, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nikon, Snickers, Vodafone, British Telecom, Barclays Bank, Renault, Toyota, Samsung and many more.
Parallel to shooting ads, I have worked on a variety of drama projects such as the BBC2 comedy-drama 'Roger and Val Have Just Got In', starring Dawn French and Alfred Molina, as well as shooting many awarded short films including 'Sidney Turtlebaum' starring
Sir Derek Jacobi, directed by Tristam Shapeero, 'H Positive' directed by Glenn Paton, ‘Konneksies’' directed by Mark Dymond and Nic Franklin, ‘Reborn: Lauren Cuthbertson’ directed by Andrew Margetson.
My debut feature film, ‘Untitled (a Film)' 2016, directed by Chris Loizou, won the Best Cinematography award at both the London International Filmmaker Festival 2017 and the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017.
My most recent feature, ‘My Name Is Lenny’ directed by Ron Scalpello, is set in the late 1970’s and explores the life of London’s East End bad boy Lenny 'The Guv'nor' McLean. The film was released in cinemas in the summer of 2017, and stars Josh Helman (Falling, Mad Max: Fury Road) Chanel Cresswell (This is England), Rita Tushingham and Sir John Hurt.
My Name is Lenny was nominated for Best Independent Feature at the National Films Awards, UK 2018.
In 2018, I shot short films ‘Mute’ directed by Jamie Rafn, ‘Autonomous’ directed by Dan Outram, and most recently ‘Nela’ a short film for the Royal Ballet, directed by Andrew Margetson and starring the magnificent prima ballerina Marianela Nuñez.
I feel very much at home when I’m on set. Film crews are my extended family, worldwide and at home in London, and I feel fortunate to have built up meaningful and long lasting friendships along the way.
Alongside cinematography, I have been continuously and actively developing my other passion: photography, which undoubtedly has been instrumental in the evolution of my visual and creative muscles. Even though still and moving images are two entirely different things, I strongly believe that my ever-evolving cinematography and still photography practices are constantly influencing and informing one another.
I am currently working on some ongoing personal projects that I am hoping will enhance and continue to educate my visual flavour, as well as keeping me busy learning, and developing new ideas to feed my soul...