Carlos began taking photographs when at school, with an early influence being Bill Brandt. Later, he used photography while studying architecture to document the local urban landscape in North and East London. He still works extensively in black-and-white, being particularly interested in formal and textural qualities in the image, and enjoys exploring the storytelling potential of individual and seris of images. He also often employs the square photographic format and uses traditional film alongside digital technologies. Major photographic influences include Francesca Woodman, Michel Duane, Sebastião Salgado, Mario Geocomelli, Walker Evans and Sally Mann.
He has worked in cooperatives and arts collectives, and in the last twenty years, has developed collaborative projects with other artists, including dance and theatrical performers, and English and Cuban poets.
He is a founder member of PhotoStroud, Gloucestershire Printmakers Cooperative, Bone Idol Art Collective and PhotoBath. He was co-director of the first photography festival in the West Country in 2007, and in 2013 brought the first major exhibition of Cuban fine art prints and printmakers to the UK.