Jao

👋 Hi!


I'm Juan Manuel and I'm a software designer and photographer, based in Quito, Ecuador.

Jao is my photography pseudonym, which is how my father used to call me –I can still hear his voice in my head after so many years–.  So this name is a tribute to him but this page is also a tribute to my mother, who's always been there, encouraging me to follow my dreams.

On photography.

Photography is very special to me. I started early on but then stopped for some years. It wasn't until 2018 when I knew I wanted to take and make photos until the day that I die. I'm still not able to define why it is that photography is so important to me, but there's just something magical about freezing a slice of time and space, capturing our very narrow perception of light and color, and documenting life itself.

While it's still just a hobby, photography is the medium that makes me feel the flow of "creative freedom" in its purest form.

You know, that moment when you and everything around you cease to exist for the sake of creating whatever you're creating.

That selfless state of the mind.


I'm looking forward to capture more moments on a project base approach, create portraits of people, learn their stories, and with that, learn more about life and the world that surrounds us.

If you have any ideas and want to collaborate with me, shoot me a message here or on instagram, and let's make some magic happen. 



Don’t by shy, say hi!