Paradigm - Jaime Ibarra

Paradigm Shift – Jaime Ibarra

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Paradigm - Jaime Ibarra

Jaime Ibarra may just be one of the most talented photographers you’ve never heard of. Yet, over the last couple of years, the Spanish-born, Aussie-raised, Austin-based photographer has developed a near rabid following on the venerable portfolio site Deviant Art, with views of his images regularly in the tens of thousands. One of his newest images, Paradigm (above) clocked in over 30,000 views on the first day alone. Another image, Lucy in Disguise, has had a staggering 1.5 Million views, and at the same time has generated heated debate among commenters. While most gush over the photograph, others take a more antagonistic tone, citing the piece as racist and even condemning Ibarra for “cultural appropriation”. His photographs, as well as the often personal stories behind them, have earned Ibarra a loyal following amongst Deviants the world over. But, it’s his signature post-processing and color grading techniques that leave other photographers fawning over him.


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A former Graphic Designer, Ibarra’s seamless compositing and lush color work are the result of years of tweaks and refinements, which have evolved into an instantly recognizable visual style. His photographic vision has earned him features in projects and publications all over the world. It’s also the subject of much speculation on various photography forums, such as Model Mayhem. Ibarra is constantly asked about the secrets behind his look, secrets he is only too happy to share…for a price. As it happens, Ibarra teaches his signature color grading techniques in one-on-one tutorial sessions over the internet.


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Jaime Ibarra is an artist, a technician, and a collaborator who is constantly evolving and exploring new ways to express his vision and grow as a photographer. So far, he says, it’s been a hell of a ride.


Here’s a brief timelapse showing Ibarra in action, along with a few before/after photographs of some of the pieces shown above.




Be sure to check in to Faded & Blurred next week when we sit down with Jaime Ibarra for the next episode of Q&A@F&B. You don’t want to miss it. Better yet, head over to our Facebook Page and click Like and you will be notified when the interview goes live.



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  • Trude March 22, 2011   Reply →

    I’d say being able to formulate such a signature look and getting what you want from your models means he’s a pretty darn good photog too – because he makes it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jim March 21, 2011   Reply →

    Interesting, but I don’t consider this genius photography. Genius post processing yes, but this has zero to do with the true soul of image taking.

    • F&B March 22, 2011  

      I disagree. Post-processing can have a great deal to do with the soul of an image, providing that it serves the image. Even Ansel Adams would spend hours in the darkroom “post-processing” his images. Can post be overdone? Absolutely. But it can also help the photographer enhance the photograph, bringing it closer to what they “saw”. Claiming that it has zero to do with the soul of the image is a bit dismissive.

    • Anthony Golston April 7, 2011  

      I agree. The post work is just the seasoning on the entre. Jaime knows how to compose and capture the meat and potatoes. His eye is connected with his instinct and he captures the otherwise overlooked moments before and after the “pose”. It is clear that he “know” his models before shooting them, evoking something from them they may not otherwise volunteer.

  • Carlos March 21, 2011   Reply →

    Ole! Jaime!
    Tan espectacular la imagen y el video, la guitarra.
    Anda dime que la tocas tu, entonces ya sería la leche! :)

    En dA eres uno de los jefazos!

    Un abrazo desde España!

  • Katherine March 21, 2011   Reply →

    Video was spectacular! I stumbled upon Jaime Ibarra on DeviantArt and am always happy to see new pieces by him. :]

  • csfris March 21, 2011   Reply →

    I loved the video. I look forward to seeing your newest work over on dA :)

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