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We’re #HighlyInspired by: Mariano Herrera


May 1, 2014

We’re celebrating our favorite photography at our #HighlyInspired Tumblr page and last month’s guest artist was Barcelona-based Mariano Herrera. We chatted with him about his first camera, his biggest inspirations and why you should always get the window seat on a plane.

How did you first get into photography?

My mother used to put together beautiful albums of family photographs and I would spend whole nights looking through them when I was a child. Then when I was 11, we visited Iguazu Falls in Argentina and she gave me a Mamiya Reflex 35mm camera so I could take my own pictures. They were the first of many photos and I still have that camera.Mariano Herrera

Who is your biggest photography inspiration?

When I started out, I followed people like Robert Frank, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and August Sander. 15 years ago, I discovered Richard Billingham’s book Ray’s a Laugh and I knew then that I wanted to be a professional photographer. These days, I like Paul Graham, Rineke Dijstra and Anton Corbjin, whose editorial portraits are the best.

Why do you like shooting from the air?

Like many people I fly a lot and I just started taking pictures during all these boring flights. The world outside the window is so different from the inside of the plane or anywhere on the ground, yet it quickly becomes a standard sight. This led to my Standard Landscapes project where I try to understand why some landscapes become standard for us.

What else inspires you?

I love movies, especially American independent filmmakers. Jim Jarmusch is a great photographer and I can watch some of his movies without sound. I love also many painters. The process of how a painter confronts an empty canvas is amazing and is something that’s impossible for a photographer.

Where can we see your work next? 

Standard Landscape is an ongoing project but I’m also working on a visual story about the Italian city of Florence, a book about the Barcelona restaurant, Xemei and its owners, the Colombo twins.

You can see all my latest work at

Thanks Mariano.

Now it’s time to see your #HighlyInspired aerial shots. Find out how to submit your photographs taken from the air.