Posts Tagged ‘carlos perez lopez fotógrafo’

PRESSURES

This series has its years. It was part of my first exhibitions with the Young Art Network of the Community of Madrid and they meant my beginning.

With 24 years, studying, looking for a future as a sucker and military service to do, I already felt the social pressure, the doubts, the captivity and frustration of not being able to do what I really wanted, what I liked and attracted. All that was captured in this series of hands, some more raw and explicit than others but almost all of them decided to give a color, that of hope and learning.

Madrid, June 1994.

 

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BETWEEN THE LINES

That dress fit like a glove and looked like it was painted on.

Its outline was drawn on the white background in an image that did not seem real but output of a comic, an illustration. Even at some point I saw the furrows left by a rake on a virtual surface where white and black reigned without leaving any gray.

 

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16

Thinking about life, about life itself and without any other mental gimmickry, about the simple and plain value of existing in this world or in whatever it is and living.

Life leaves traces, scars, physical and mental mutilation, allows you to experience all kinds of sensations … to whom you can experience sensations. Some beings see, hear, feel, smell and taste, others develop incredible senses, and others have to settle for just breathing and rocking in the wind. The latter, for obvious reasons, are the most defenseless and the animates take them as if they were inert matter.

The photo shows a narrative of sixteen short lives in the form of magnetic resonance where each ring symbolizes a year of valuable life. Sixteen young trees that stopped breathing, of throwing leaves, of exchanging oxygen with the atmosphere, of giving shade, of obtaining nutrients from the earth that held them, of giving shelter to other beings, and of living.

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. April 2015

 

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MUSIC FOR UKRAINE

May 2014. I made this photograph on a visit to New York.

It was the showcase of a vintage clothing store called ‘Search and Destroy’ whose owners expressed their protest against the Russian offensive on Ukrainian territory and their rejection of the “policies” of Vladimir Putin. The visual story between skeletons and dolls stacked against the glass seemed shocking and the detail of the guitars brutal.

Nothing to say that is no longer known about the situation of that country or the other. The world is as it is. Each one draw their conclusions.

New York, May 2014

 

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ON PAPER

After the arrival of digital photography everything took a big turn towards the screens of computers and later to the devices that today almost everyone knows and bears.

Going from the celluloid and paper supports to the virtual terrain where nothing is real and everything is pixels cost many photographers their withdrawal from the professional field, others, still young and starting, we adapt. We sit in front of the screen, mouse in hand and we get soaked learning to manage the editing programs. A whole revolution with many followers for its enormous advantages but also with its reactionary side vindicating the loss of the charm of the analogue and the magic of the dark room. In fact, the current vintage fashion is bringing back the interest in photography “from before”.

In my case, digital opened up a very large field of possibilities and applications that today are seen as normal because of the democratization of photography through the Internet. The new generations have learned and each time they will do it more, to see the photographs on a screen, to print them on paper is rarely justified except for something very particular. It is clear that everything evolves very fast and you always have to be willing to continue learning.

Paradoxically, in my experience, printing a large format photograph is a very special moment, a mixture between recognition of the image achieved with the sensation of giving it a value by letting it enter the world of the tangible, the world of things. The different materials and sensations that produce both sight and touch are endless. Perhaps it is something that remains of that moment where the temperature of a developer influenced the contrast of an image, and the silver showed its different behaviors according to the affection with which it was treated. When simple words like Rodinal, D76, C41 or E6 entered into a slang that little by little was dying like Roman.

Without more “poetry” … I do not like the virtual world that we are forced to do, from time to time we have to delight in playing the role of what we do, what we feel and what we think.

Image: Print of a photograph taken in New York, December 2013.

 

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