Ultimately, photography in its purest origin can be defined as “a writing of light”, thus, I have come to an understanding of it in its relation to the literary fact, in relation to writing. In other words, I try to write in the form of still images, as much as I try to read in pictures. I am a photographer to the extent that I am a reader.
...the diffuse border that separates civilization from barbarism, from the vertigo of losing your temper and the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
Damien Szifrón. Director of the film "Wild Tales”.
Are you looking for the scenarios or do they find you? I am not very disciplined. But I am lucky. I have not gotten any stage until today, but I have had the confidence of people who have done it for me.
I count them all among my friends and I thank them because I know that it is not easy to do for others. I enjoy photography and creation almost by accident.
What defines you as an artist? Your principles in art … If something is defining what I do, I hope it is curiosity. A very specific state of mind, which could only be described by some word in Old Japanese, or Modern German. Something like "the desire for experimentation and spontaneous curiosity for the whole, as long as you recognize its impossibility." That.
The Scream in the Noise
How did your interest in creation come about?
I don't know how or when. But it was sometime in my childhood. My grandmother's dessert will have started me, or my parents' kiss. I had a happy childhood. That is the origin of all the good things that happen to you in life. Surely, it was in my childhood that everything began. But the intention is acquired later.
Main sources of inspiration, closest artistic influences.
They are everywhere. They range from popular culture, art, literature, and music, to the most specific subgenre of documentary photography that the Sontag can remember. I am easy. I nurture myself from popular music as well as from the photographic tradition itself. It's hard to put it into words without sounding very-fancy, but it would be like looking for food in what has a soul. Now, in particular, I am inspired by Dostoevski, Borges, Neruda, Sebastiao Salgado, Cristina García Rodero, Basho, Melville inspires me with his "Call me Ishmael." and his apology to the sea, or Tarantino with his literary genius. I have a long and varied list of things with a soul.
The Voice of the Silence
How did the first series come about?
I think that when you are interested in art, in creation in its broad sense, there is the rare opportunity of the isolated event. There is very little chance for stand-alone. We almost always lean towards inquiry and deepening in the artistic fact, and from there comes serial creation. A series is a complete speech, while the isolated image is a word. Both ways are valid and beautiful.
For this reason, the first series is always born from a deeper investigation. You try to complete an idea. Like when I was working on my Seen in Miami series. Now, I remember not knowing it was a series until I had found at least several words for that larger narrative. I think it happens naturally, it's part of the creative process.
Lia is your recurring character. What does she represent in your professional world?
Lia is my most complex series, the discourse that unites the other discourses. If all I have done so far in photography were a book, Lia would be the index. If it were water, She'd be the container.
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