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Interview:

José Beut: "The Festimatge is much more than a competition".

The photographer from Valencia José Beut has won the 38th edition of the Trofeu Torretes. He has received the Honor Award to the Best Author of the event, along with a Honorable Mention from the International Federation of Photographic Art, an ISF Diploma and the bronze medal of the Catalan Federation of Photography.
Born in 1958, he has been appearing in the best national and international competitions for four years and in this Festimatge he gets his maximum recognition until now.

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By: Àlex M. Franquet
Calella.


- You portrait a lot of Architecture in your photos and in this Festimatge you presented two very interesting color photographs of contemporary buildings. Where were they taken?
- These are photos taken at the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Center in Avilés. Oscar Niemeyer is the architect who designed the capital of Brazil, Brazilia, and this is his only building in Spain. In the Cultural Center of Avilés you found rare colors and curious shapes. It is a special place.



- One of the two photos from this center has rainwater.
- There was a wet floor and yellow highlights. It rained and the reflection of light on the floor gives you this feeling. I am always seeking for interesting compositions, details or special frames when I do architectural photographs. I also try to include people to give the photo a human touch, as in the other picture, where you can see a father and his son.

- Water is very present in his photographs . Is it because the options that water gave you?
- It's true. In 90 percent of my photographs you can find water. Maybe it is because I live by the sea in Valencia. I like playing with filters by day and to use long exposures to create effects. I like these effects. I always liked the sea. The camera can capture details that the human eye can not do.

- In black and white, maybe your results are more spectacular.
- Yes, because these are pictures that I know in advance that I will create in black and white.

- The photo with the sunken boat is very evocative.
- I made it in the Delta de l'Ebre. I was there in December and I was able to find many locations that I liked. I did not know that the tide rose and fell depending on the hours and discovered new boats that I had not seen on my first visit. I was quite happy to be there because it is a very interesting area for minimalist photographs.

- How did you retouch that photo of the boat?
- In the development, I touched up the hue and the temperature. I putted a bit of magenta. Not much. The frame is as it was, without further trimming. I did not put anything. It may had a minute of exposure.


- Another photo with water is "Entre arrozales". It must be made ​​in the Albufera of Valencia, as you live there.
- Sure, it's in the Albufera. There's a lot of highlights. Rice was newly planted and you can see the plant out of the water and also reflected in the water. The photo was made at sunset. The Albufera is another interesting place to capture the water and the lights of the Mediterranean area. The roads are similar to the Delta de l'Ebre. Everything is water. And I should say that the house in the photo is a farmhouse. It's not a home.


- We can find more water at the photo of the bridge ... Where was that photo taken?
- It is the Lisbon bridge. When you go there, you can not help but photograph it. Sunrise cames on the other side of the river and usually you go then. I like new, different locations, which are non-recurring.

- Tell us about your career in photography?
- I am 55 years old and at 20 I became interested in black and white. I was self taught, but also was part of the Valencian Photographic Association four years during the early 80's. I did some still life and small products. But my job took my other way and I abandoned photography. In 2006, I started using the Reflex, because it gave you better quality. I was back and also self taught, although in the Internet you can find all the information. It is easier to learn retouching, but I already knew the basics of if. Now you can find more information and learn everything much faster. That also means that it is more difficult to innovate.

- You have been in contests for a short while but you have already collected a lots of awards.
- I started participating in photo contests since 2010, and I've won more than 70 awards, both national and internationally. This same year, I got the third prize at the Canson Contest in Girona, but this Torretes Award is the most important award I have received.

- What do you thinkg about the Festimatge?
- I also came to Calella last year and I was very pleasantly surprised. I spent the entire weekend watching photos. I thought that the Festimatge was another photo contest, like many others, but it is not. I know that you have short film screenings and other activities about cinema. As a winner, I have the occasion of coming back to Calella and now I know that the Festimatge it is much more than a competition. It is the most international contest we have now on the national scene. You also have many workshops and you notice that there is a lot of hard work in the organisation. I spent a whole morning watching the photo collections at La Fàbrica. It is very interesting. I also like the idea of ​​putting pictures at the shop windows. It is really enjoyable.