Here’s the thing about Joshua Martines (@durdee_pictures). He makes images using a plethora of techniques, cameras and subjects, but the one thing that comes through all his images is a sense of wonder and stunning composition. I met Josh in high school, but we reconnected recently at The Draw. The macro photography in his Instagram feed drew me in right away – the textures, color, detail and abstractness of the photos is like nothing I have ever seen before. Using a microscope adapter for his digital camera, he creates something 100% interesting every single time.
I use any material I can find and mix it with dirt, paint, ashes… all kinds of things. It’s become a really weird production in my room over the last year or two.
Martines can also go with the lo-fi look – the one “all the kids love these days” – by using a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a scratched up lens. Then he uses Snapseed to crop and Instagram to edit the photos (using various custom tweaks such as lux, structure, and shadow/highlight).
And I haven’t even touched on the black and white process, the clip-on lenses, the eye fi card or the LED table. In Martines’ own words: “I have some new gear coming and I’m going to be adding a whole new perspective to things in the coming year. Stay tuned.”
Spend some time, go back through his feed and get lost. I know I have.
Text: John Adams
Photos: Joshua Martines