National Geographic : 2009 Sep
#5 in a Series The day Pablo Corral Vega obtained his law degree, he was struck by the sense he had made a mistake. “I became increasingly frustrated because I didn’t want to sit behind a desk. All I wanted was to see the world,” says Corral Vega, who has since published six books of photography and is commissioned by magazines throughout the world. Earlier in his work, Corral Vega, who is a native of Ecuador, concentrated on Latin American landscapes. Once again mindful of his inner voice, he made the good decision to refocus his lens on the people around him. “It was really a turning point. I was very shy and didn’t know I could approach people,” he says. However, even for the best of photographers, shooting human subjects isn’t easy. “With people you have to deal with emotions, you have to wear the shoes of the other person.” But the bravery of intimacy has been worth it. “You have to be vulnerable, you need to expose yourself, and you have to be open. We are who we are because of our contact with others.” In that spirit, Corral Vega has proudly created nuestramirada.org, a networking site for more than 1,000 photojournalists in Latin America, to help them grow in their profession. “I’ve had many opportunities in my photography career, and I would love for people to have the same chances I had. Anything we receive is a gift, and it should be given back.” Photographs made possible by We human beings are the sum of our encounters with others. Pablo CORRAL VEGA PHOTOGRAPHY’S Soul MassMutual understands the importance of making good decisions. A good decision can be a goal—or it can help you reach your goal. Either way, you need to feel conﬁdent. And when it comes to big decisions about your ﬁnances and your future—we know you want to make a good one. Our products and experience will help you get there.