Born in La Coruña, in the northwestern region of Spain, Luis Paz studied Physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and later Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, which form an integral part of his degree at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. He will also pursue three university degrees in environmental management, quality and safety at work. It’s thanks to the latter that he can easily find a job to pay for his first trips and photographic equipment. Currently, he is dedicated to photography and his doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Laval in Quebec City.
After working in different jobs in Switzerland, Algeria and Qatar, he left for South America to support a Spanish company as a safety, quality and environmental internal auditor. During this period, during long stays in the Mexican region of Chiapas, in the northern desert of Peru and in the Andean highlands, Luis Paz definitively began to reflect his experiences and his vision of the world through photography. With his first reflex, and thanks to the permanent treatment with the local population because of the work, he begins to capture the spirit of these Latin-American peoples, their customs and their astonishing landscapes and wildlife.
In 2011, he settled in Montreal, where he currently lives. A lover of the wilderness of North America, his work focuses on capturing the essence of the boreal forests and taiga in northern Quebec, the open landscapes of Canada’s Atlantic and the Canadian Maritimes, the volcanic Yellowstone or the last wild border of Alaska. His photos attempt to show the purity of these wild landscapes without human traces, under magical skies lit by the Northern Lights, and also capturing the enigmatic looks of his inhabitants during the encounters in the loneliness of the forest, which always have something special and unique.
Sporadic trips to South America and Central America (Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador …), give to his more recent work an eclectic character that reflects the wild reality of the entire American continent.
Awards & Achievements
- Photo finalist in the nature photography contest ‘Memorial Felix
PHOTOGRAPH OF NATURE ‘, organized by the Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Foundation.
- Winner of Blipoint Photosky Contest.
- Winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award of the Greenpeace photo competition 2017. The photo is chosen as the calendar cover of Greenpeace Canada 2017.