About my work
In revising my work recently (December 2018) I realise that my unconscious effort was/is to bridge the gap between traditional photography and traditional painting. The operative words here are ‘traditional’ and ‘bridge the gap’.
I feel obliged to explain my work verbally, going agains David Lynch’s concept that words (one medium of communication) cannot explain and image: The original photograph is lifted, raised to another level, to another interpretation, and placed on this new reality. An art critic placed this final estate into the category of Magic Realism, a term which is commonly applied to literature, specifically Latin American fiction.
Far too many times I have been asked if some of my work is a photograph of a painting, missing the point all together, and equally more often than not people ask me how the image is done. No one goes to an exhibition of paintings and asks the artist: how did you do it?. We accept the ‘how’ and delve into the image itself.
I have followed Alfred Stieglitz’s motto: “It is not what I see but how I see it”.
I have published 2 books:
- Imágenes Paceñas: lugares y personas, a books about the disappearing world of the city of my birth, La Paz, the text written by Jaime Saenz. This book is now in it’s second edition. The Municipality of the city of La Paz is presenting each high school student with a copy of this book for free. You can view the e-book following the link above.
- Another book, privately printed, is about the yearly festival of Gran Poder, a very colourful and unique festival, part of the traditions of the Andean city of La Paz. Please follow the link to view the e-book as part of a previous blog.
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