Click. The Journey of Images (2013).
Image creation is based on images we keep in our memory. Our photographer's imagery is a result of these fictionalized images which origin is the combination of memories, dreams, wishes and fantasies alike. This body of work aims to express how memory contains this abundance of images which are somehow trapped until a creative process starts and frees images. They have their own journey. Thanks to the use of a camera they pass trough a transformation process once they become more than an intangible thing inside our memory.
This is a very personal project. I used negatives I have kept for 15 years. I am including the first black and white image I ever took, which I also developed and printed in a dark room. I am adding the negative of a girl steering in the window of her house, which gaze never forgot. There is an image of the first photography trip I made to a ghost town, etcetera.
The work is based mainly on a collage technique where the different elements have a symbolic meaning. The cage symbolizes memory. While a cage is normally associated with confinement, the bars let things go in and out. Clouds fusion with bars which are transparent and soft, they become something ethereal. The cage is white to reinforce the positive meaning of the cage. Both, cage and clouds express imagination, dreams, expression, spirituality. Clouds are related to surrealism and fantasy and have an evocative power that has been deeply explored in art. Images are joined with thread to imply how images are connected in different ways. Negatives make evident the creation and the transformation process. They make work our perception skills since we can distinguish images but not exactly the way they are when they are positive. Black and white remind us that image creation is a construction and an abstraction.
This work aims to have an evocative reaction of the beholder. I want to share with beholders a process that most of the times is hidden since they just see the final result. Even if they are not photographers I would like to feel them identify with the process of remembering trough images.