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Introducing Javier – a passionate, self taught mobile photographer from Spain

Here at the PureViewClub, I have had the pleasure to introduce mobile photographers whose work I find fascinating before, like (in no particular order) DetkoDave, Topolino70Baron Chat, Ms. Jen, Daniel Cheong, Richard Dorman and Mohamed Ahmed Saleh. Please do check these posts if you haven’t done so already, I promiss you they’re worth your time!

In this post I will introduce you to a 24 year old mobile photographer from Spain, Javier Garcia Gonzalo.

A few days ago, I started noticing a stream of tweets coming from @JavierJagg who started sharing his shots more or less out of the blue it seemed. Interesting shots, close-ups coming from the Nokia 808 PureView, nightshots from the Nokia Lumia 1020, you name it.


I was intrigued by the quality of his shots and the amount he was sharing, so after shot no. 45 I asked him how many shots we could still expect – and he replied there were over 550 still coming… Wait whut? About 600 shots coming our way?

I wrote him a “direct message” – told him I liked his shots, but I wasn’t always too thrilled about the way he used his intriguing watermark “Happiness… utopia” – in quite a few cases they were a bit intrusive I thought.

Happiness Utopia

And in the short chat that followed, much to my astonishment he wrote me he just started taking photos February last year and he doesn’t really know anything about photography.

After understanding he basically was a young self taught photographer I asked him to send me some shots (without the watermark) and write me more about himself. This morning I received his e-mail.


Javier wrote he lives in Erandio, a town near to Bilbao in the Basque Country (the Northern part of Spain). In summer he stays at the coast in the small town of Noja in Santander (about 80km to the West).

Javier has a strong urge to express himself artistically. He began drawing as a child, he wrote some poems when he matured and during his years at the university he wrote stories for children, teenagers and adults.


He became a primary school teacher and he discovered photography as another way for him to express himself artistically. He bought a Nokia 808 PureView, but much to his surprise, he didn’t like the shots as much as those coming from his old Nokia C7. That’s when he began working with all the possible settings on the device, a “continues learning process” as he describes it.

Every day he learned how to take a picture in a different way. Trying out new shots every time, he noticed he was slowly mastering the device – “I noticed it became easier for me to make exactly the picture I wanted”.


Being a teacher, during that learning proces he realized a lot of people must have similar problems taking shots, so he started making videos with his pictures including the settings he used, to show people how to use their Nokia 808 PureView in the best way.

This one for example, about making nightshots by changing ISO settings and white balance.

On YouTube

In the summer of last year, he sent some of his shots to a photography competition in Noja, winning the first prize. He started helping out people asking questions on the Nokia Spain Facebook page. Soon after, Nokia Spain made him one of the five Spanish testers of the Nokia Lumia 1020. This is the shot from his Nokia 808 PureView he won the competition with:

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Since then, he is continuously helping people on Facebook with their imaging issues and even teaching people in some telephony stores to help people out using Windows Pone and how to take pictures.

He’s posting about Nokia and about applications and sharing his shots on Facebook and Twitter, where last night he posted no. 64 of what will be around 600 shots.

Sin Tripode

Javier Garcia Gonzalo is only 24 years old and doesn’t edit his shots – he only uses Gimp to crop his shots when necessary and to put the watermark in.

And what about that watermark? It’s from the title of his first poem: “Happines… utopia of life“.

On YouTube

You will find all of his videos on YouTube here. You may want to follow Javier on Twitter as I do. I love not only his passion for mobile photography, but also for sharing his knowledge with other people. No wonder, of course – we’re obvious soul mates in that respect…

I hope you like his story and his work as much as I do – don’t hesitate to let us both know below :-)

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43 Responses

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  4. Mel Christian

    @Javier, Look at these stunning, gorgeous photos :D Told you, you’re good ;) you cant deny it anymore, friend! ha-ha-ha-ha

    • Javier

      Thanks a lot Mel! =D
      I just met you in facebook 1-2 weeks ago when you saw my pictures in WP page and after that you always make me smile! ;)
      Thank you!

  5. Paloma

    Great story! And really enjoyable pictures. I confess I’ve been a fan of Javier’s ever since I met him. It’s not so commom to find anybody so committed with his hobby…and so capable to pass his enthusiasm on to the rest of the world. Don’t ever lose it!

    • Javier

      Thanks a lot Paloma! Flatters me read you and your words! Don´t worry about my entusiasm ^^ I won´t lose it, I love my hobby and love to share with all who wants ;)
      Again thank you!

  6. Alejandro (Alex)

    Great article Marc. Thx.

    Fantastic work Javier. Very inspirational indeed. I will start following your Flickr account. I’m still trying to decide which will be my next Lumia (tryng to decide between 925, 1020 and 1520, each for a different reason).

    Regards from
    Saludos desde

    Tenerife ;)

    • Javier

      Hi Alejandro! that joy to find someone from Spain here! =D
      Hope you enjoy the gallery of Flickr and thanks for your words! =)

      And about the decision you´ll have to take:
      925= cheaper, lighter and best desing (in my opinion)
      1020= gorgeous camera, and 2Gb of RAM
      1520= larger screen, better audio record, SD card, best battery life by much between them and most powerful hardware.

      Performance -> three of them are awesome in the everiday use (1520 better) so if the camera is the most important thing for you 1020, if the speed, battery life and screen are, the 1020 and if you want just a very good everyday use experience, with very good things (camera, screen…) and less expensive the 925^^

      Hope it helps you in your decision ;)

      Regards from Erandio! =)

      • Alejandro (Alex)

        Flickr gallery is awesome ! Congrats.
        Thanks for the advice for my next Lumia (now I have a Lumia 720). For me the most important part is the camera. Some people tell me to buy a DC but although it does have some advantages, it doesn’t have the versatility of a smartphone.

        My greatest concern is low light or night pictures. I think the daylight pictures are good enough on any >5MP camera. For this reason I was considering the 925. On the other hand the whopping 41MP big sensor on the 1020 is really astonishing and just thinking about it’s possibilities of zooming, reframing, etc… makes it a tough decision. I sort of like the 1520 because of the specs, but the screen is a bit too big for me.

        The ideal smartphone for me would be a 5″ screen Lumia 1020 with the low light capabilities of the 925 and the specs of the 1520.

        Not sure how the 925 and 1020 compare in this area but I do have sometimes blurry or noisy pictures from my children in a birthday or outsides having fun on a child swing at night. :(

        I will probably go for the 1020 but I do want a noticeable improvement in my low light pics.

        Let’s see, and greetings from Tenerife.

        btw. Here I have a folder with some pics shot with the Lumia 720. Not a Pureview camera, but anyway for those interested ;)

        • Marc @PureViewClub

          I think the Lumia 1020 has the same lowlight capacities of the 925, if not even better due to the bigger sensor. Specs of the 1520 are better (quadcore, micro-SD and bigger battery), but the 1020 isn’t that far behind in everyday use – and quite a bit better with its 41MP sensor (although some prefer the output of the 1520). The 1020 only “lacks” the micro-SD slot, but you have 32GB storage – that’s a lot! For nightshots, the 1020 has a Xenon flash, too (although I usually avoid using that). And of course, it’s a lot smaller than the 1520 (stating the obvious).

          Nice shots coming from your 720 by the way! I have done two posts on this device as well, you might like them:

          • Alejandro (Alex)

            Thanks a lot Marc.

            I think you have helped me a lot making my decision as for lumia 1020 it will be (i think, i hope).

            Didn’t see those older posts from the 720. Enjoyed reading the articles and seeing some nice pics.

            btw. I’ve just followed your instagram feed of pictures.

            Best regards and keep up this great page I just discovered some weeks ago. :)

          • Javier

            I like pictures there are in both post ;)

        • Javier

          I agree with Marc, even if the 925 has lighter lens the 1020 has bigger sensor and the pureview phase 1 too so its low light pictures are awesome.
          Here you can see some of my shots at night or in low light, both with tripod and without ;)
          And if you want to use the flash in any moment, the 1020s one is much better =) here you can see some pictures of moving water:
          hope this helps you decide ^^

          And as an advice for your 720 low light shots is to clean, everytime you´ll take a picture, the lenss doing circles (I think doing that movement it cleans better than in a normal way) and then get the ISO at 100 and make long exposure shots (to a non moving object) and I think you´ll be able to take very good low light pictures with the 720 too ;) Try it supporting the camera in any place and tell me if you achieve it =D

          I like your shots with the 720!^^

          Have a nice… night Alex! jej ;)

          • Alejandro (Alex)

            Thanks for the advice Javier !

            I will try to clean better the lens maybe polish the surface because I do notice the swirls sometimes. I am focussing on low light pictures with people and sometimes in movement so I can’t do long exposures, max. 1/16 second but maybe I can increase the exposure setting and the ISO. Problem is you can make 50 shots at a church or a river and it doesn’t complain, but people get tired soon if you use them for test shots :p

            I usually hold the camera against a wall or on a table when shooting without flash.

            • Javier

              Yeah you´re right, people get tired when taking photos jeje but well you maybe ask people(to those you´re going to take in the pictures) to be in the same position just for X seconds and you can take a long exposure photo and you may not have to take many photos and with 10 shots you got good ones ^^
              The low ISO I say to have less artifacts ;)
              Thing is try and try jeje so I would like to see your next pictures at night or in low light =)

        • Javier

          ***I have to correct something of my first comment! I mean that the 1520 is better in battery life and screen (I wrote it wrong!) =)

  7. Lei

    woow I loved it! this is a great inspirational article. it’s shows how with passion, you can be one of the greatest! They are unbelievable pictures to being taken with a phone. So much talent Javier, and so much future!

    • Javier

      =D Thank you Lei!! Thanks a lot for such a beautiful words, but I´m “just starting” taking photos with the phones ^^ there are lot of things I have to learn to consider me good in photography I think. I just practice with those 2 mobiles so I don´t consider myself a photographer, I prefer and love to be one who takes pictures with his mobile ^^
      Step by step =) thank you again Lei!

  8. Adam Lamar

    Excellent shots!!!

    • Javier

      Thank you Adam! Glad you like them^^ :)

      • Ziad Mohamed

        Great Photos and videos javier,your videos are very informative and one of the best…I’m happy that I’m commenting to you here…Keep going friend

        btw Topolino, Ms Jen are my friends also on Flickr…add me on Flickr so I can follow you also, http://www.flickr.com/photos/81013431@N04/

        best wishes javier

        • Javier

          Thanks a lot Ziad!I´m following you now on Flickr ^^ Hope you enjoy my future pictures like all old ones ;)
          Best wishes for you too! =)

  9. Sherani

    Marcu Unclee,its saturdayy now! How muxh more to wait ? :/

  10. Sherani

    @Javier,wow these are so beautifull. You rock buddy.. ! \m/ B-)

  11. Javier do you have Flickr or 500px account? Would like to follow you there!

  12. Iera

    Awesome story and amazing photos and work from Javier! I’ve been seeing almost all his videos and pictures, and for sure there is a future talent in photography! Waiting to see his next pictures! :)

    • Javier

      Thank you Iera! Flattered to read you! ^^ I´ll continue uploading videos and photos and hope you enjoy them same you enjoy ones you have seen =)

  13. Techgeek

    It’s great to see people who found their passion. Javier shows some great skills and talent. I love the pictures and looking forward for more from you Javier. Keep up the great work! And btw Thanks to you Marc for sharing this and introducing talents around the world. You are more and more a talent scout :)


    • Javier

      Thanks a lot Techgeek! Yeah! I´ll continue posting my photos and videos as I´ve been posting till now =D And I have to thank also Marc for writing about me in such a perfect way ;)

    • Indeed, Marc is a real talent scout and always write about passionated people in a great and objective way.

      Javier seems very talented ! I just discovered him thanks to this article and wow ! Amazing how such a talent can stay hidden for so long :) He will get more and more followers now. I’m a lot into nature too and can only love his work !