Jorge Llovet was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He earned a degree in Marketing Management at Esade, a private business school in Barcelona, and also pursued his more creative leanings by earning a degree in Graphic Arts and Photography.
Art and artists have always played an integral role in Llovet’s life. His family owned and operated a prepress atelier in Barcelona, where he grew up collaborating daily on printing projects with the local art community.
Llovet finds artistic inspiration from traveling, visiting museums and art exhibits, reading, and even from watching movies. His circle of friends is composed mostly of artists – photographers, painters, musicians – which “…makes life quite exciting as I get feedback all the time from them on my work.”He also finds inspiration from some of his favorite photographers, including Català Roca, Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau, Ansel Adams and Helmut Newton; and from such luminous painters as Velasquez, Sorolla, Picasso, Miró and Matisse.
Llovet’s pursuit of exceptional imagery and new experiences have led him and his camera to many different parts of the world. His works have been most powerfully informed by his travels in Africa.
“It is hard to describe the full experience of traveling in Kenya and Tanzania,” says Llovet. “The African inspiration is so strong, and the sense of peace so great; I will never forget the sunsets and sunrises, the silence all around, the beauty of nature and the richness of the wildlife.” Llovet feels that he has been forever altered by the powerful personal connection that he felt for Africa”s primal, dramatic land. “In those vast and open African landscapes you find yourself standing face-to-face with raw nature and wildlife. Visiting Africa left me with the strong feeling that we must help, protect and preserve – and remember – Africa.”
World travel impacts Llovet on both a creative and an interpersonal level. “The smiles and expressions on people’s faces makes you feel good,” he says. “After travelling in so many different parts of the world, I have found more humanity, more smiles and more sincere hsopitality in the poorest countries than in what we call ‘the civilized world'”.
Digital and analog photography both have a place in Llovet’s portfolio. He finds positive traits in both technologies, stating that “…both types of photography are a good mixture between the good old days and the present.” Llovet finds that film possesses a unique textural sensitivity, but also that digital photography provides more versatility, inspiring him to find ways to mesh both technologies within his artistic vision.
Llovet’s creative photography process sometimes occurs spontaneously when he simply finds himself“…in a good place to shoot by chance,” but he also often plans his subject matter in advance. Always open to new processes and materials, Llovet is currently exploring the possibilities of printing onto substrates such as aluminum, faux leathers and woods. However, his favorite medium continues to follow the more traditional photographic path – photo rag paper, which is elegantly suited to showcasing fine photographic imagery.
When Llovet is not engaged in photography, he enjoys playing the piano, going to musical concerts, playing tennis and world travel. Says Llovet, “Music is a very important part of my life and helps to get me through the ups and downs.”
Llovet hopes that his images will inspire positive feelings in his viewers, and expresses the uncomplicated wish that “…they enjoy the images.”
“Art in this moment is all around my life,” states Llovet. “You cannot be bored if you are involved with it, as your life becomes more exciting and creative.” But Llovet maintains that family and friends are his first priority, giving his life perspective and value.
“Art in this moment is all around my life. You cannot be bored if you are involved with it, as your life becomes more exciting and creative.”
“It is hard to describe the full experience of traveling in Kenya and Tanzania. The African inspiration is so strong, and the sense of peace so great; I will never forget the sunsets and sunrises, the silence all around, the beauty of nature and the richness of the wildlife. In those vast and open African landscapes you find yourself standing face-to-face with raw nature and wildlife. Visiting Africa left me with the strong feeling that we must help, protect and preserve – and remember – Africa.”
Llovet has always admired musicians and admits a desire to be musically talented. He has tried his hand at playing a variety of musical instruments, finally settling on the piano.