AS TOLD TO BC PIRES
My name is Simon Torres Mohess and the only direct exposure I truly like is the exposure of the images I send my customers.
I am a freelance/wedding photographer.
The Torres in our name comes from my grandpa, who came to Trinidad from Venezuela when he was 17.
I was born and raised in South Trinidad, the land of the easygoing.
Well, my household. I presently live in Palmiste with my feline Pan.
I originate from a little family and am still blessed having both parents, Clyde and Sandra, and my older brother Jonathan resides in Canada.
I do not have a household but would like to have a kid one day. Who would follow in my footsteps as a photographer, the very same method as I followed in my daddy’s footsteps.
My daddy taught me everything I know about photography.
My youth was always invested playing in the South Trintoc Penal camp with cows wandering easily around me while I rode my bike. I grew up swimming, playing tennis and doing a lot of recreational stuff, thanks to the good old days of Trintoc/Petrotrin.
Ultimately my moms and dads moved into Palmiste. My adolescence in the early 90 s was spent running through fields, parks and checking out abandoned houses looking for experience.
I had a really fun youth. I think it has actually kept me balanced and level-minded.
I attended Cedar Grove Primary, Grant Memorial Presbyterian and St Benedict’s College.
I’ve constantly been proud of my parents.
My mother Sandra, a Trini to d bone, is a talented chef and decorator. I use her work as a learning tool.
My daddy Clyde is a medical physician who invested many of his life working in the oil market.
He did amateur photography many of his life.
I did a degree in IT, however as a teenager, I utilize to steal his Nikon cams to do photos in the garden and at beaches. I always wished to share in the hype my daddy experienced on the stage and on the streets in Port or Spain.
Ultimately as I grew, I started shooting along with him. Now he has actually given over photography completely to me.
I think in an afterlife, reincarnation and karma. For me it definitely is not a long cold sleep after death.
I like black.
Music assists motivates me to develop brief films and regional nature documentaries. I listen to oldies 80 s music.
Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop. I believe I’m stuck in that 80 s category.
I saw the documentary Leaving Neverland and wasn’t impressed. Absolutely nothing will alter the reality that he was among the greatest and some of his tunes will forever be a part of my life and early childhood memories. (Likewise) the judge dismissed MJ’s accusers cause the stories kept altering over and over: no genuine facts till this day.
I tend to gravitate more to comics than books because of the graphes the authors provide. Everything is more remarkable, raw and filled with passion.
My career is everything about visual representation, impacts, costumes, colours, props, styles and more. Comics by the late and excellent Stan Lee assist with my ideas for my themed photoshoots, heroic powerful characters, how they fight, presents and stance.
An image with an article goes a long way for me.
I love Carnival and even more love catching it. I have a fascination with the superstitious, folklore side of Carnival, such as the douen, Papa Bois and Mom Glow or Mama D’Leau.
We are a really interesting society filled with superstitious beliefs and I value that much more than the half-naked ladies parading in the streets.
I have actually never played mas however seemed like I have actually been playing for years while filming or shooting masqueraders throughout Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
My preferred group of performers are Kees, Hans and Jon, the Dieffenthaller Brothers from Kes the Band, the international soca icons.
After all, I grew up listening to them practicing next door daily in the convenience of my room. They were my neighbours for 20- plus years.
Up until they transferred to Port of Spain a few years aback, most mornings I would awaken to the voice of either Kees singing or his mom, Aunty Diana, who sang opera with the most powerful and intense vocals.
One dish I can eat forever would be pure crab meat in a crab-shell. With a side of fried coconut shrimp … Every damn day!
Ending up being a photographer was influenced by two aspects.
One was my daddy, of course, seeing both his pictures and how he interacted with people and made them smile throughout parties and wedding events.
The second was understanding I wasn’t happy being in an office for 8 hours daily with little or no interaction.
At age 30, I left my federal government IT profession and proceeded with photography with full force.
I do not have a darkroom, however, but I have a photography studio.
Where I shoot clients and digitally process images, the new kind of the conventional darkroom.
Trinidad being such a multicultural island, I’m so pleased to have dealt with every kind of culture, race and religion with regard to wedding events, birthday occasions and household shoots. I have actually done events is churches, temples, mosques and gardens.
This has assisted me to get more information about other cultures within TT, which has actually assisted me to grow as an individual.
It’s actually an honour to be part of something so intimate. And for individuals to be so trusting of me with their household.
Wedding event trends have altered due to covid. The bride-to-be, groom, bridesmaids, finest men, visitors and relatives all in masks, everybody attempting to social distance.
All weddings have become smaller, which implies less individuals, less food, in some cases no alcohol, say goodbye to hugs, kisses and handshakes from visitors.
However on the good side, it is now easier to handle and manage your photoshoot.
The reception is an extremely crucial and fun part of the wedding event, however my favourite part of the entire wedding is catching the innovative intimate 15- minute session shoot of the bride and groom alone.
Favourite moments are constantly when I reveal guests pictures of themselves right there on the camera throughout a shoot. It’s called Straight out of Camera (SOOC).
That way people heat up to the electronic camera quicker and, by the 2nd time I snap them, they position even much better with a larger smile.
The best part of being a photographer is when a client can not believe they look so excellent. Their mindsets alter, and the realisation kicks that everybody, including you, can in reality can be a rock star.
Enhancing self-confidence and uplifting individuals in their darkest moments … That’s the power of photography.
The worst part of the job is that the public would tend not to take our task seriously. Meaning we, as professional photographers, some may not hold a PhD, some potential customers won’t think it’s worth paying us the prices we price estimate for our services.
I always state, “Well, use your phone electronic camera to get the job done.”
People fail to understand without photography there would be no advertisements, no style publications, no corporate images, no films, no movie-trailer posters, no sport-car posters, no billboards, no real-estate homes show, no fast-food menus. I might keep going on.
Image is everything and all over.
Remember, one day we will leave this world to go into a spiritual one.
But a minimum of we can leave behind a physical memory of ourselves on a wall or in an album that will never ever fade.
Without a doubt my most miserable experience was at the start of the state of emergency situation lockdown.
Not being able to work makes me really unpleasant.
Yummy, hot, fresh food cheers me up, and hanging out with my animal cat named Pan.
I in fact miss out on absolutely nothing about TT when I’m abroad, only my parents and my pet.
When I’m away that’s exactly why I left, to avoid whatever.
A Trini must delight in traditional custom-mades and food. And eat all of your neighbour’s kurma when you weren’t even welcomed at Divali.
Trinidad and Tobago is a paradise, and us Trinis simply do not seem to understand that.
Our culture is a mixture of Asian, European, African, Amerindian, West Indian, Arab cultures and now greatly Venezuelan.
Everybody and everything are all linked and mixed and we have the most stunning females. We are what you call a “douglarised nation.”
And, if you do not comprehend that, then I guess you are not a Trini.
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