Snapshots of an Unfinished Journey (2012).
I started this project after hearing for the first time that my son had Pervasive Development Disorder, which is among the autism spectrum. I stopped after he was formally diagnosed with autism. These images reflect the beginning of a journey that will continue for the rest of my life. I needed to use art as a healing tool. Images are abstractions that work as metaphors of my feelings by recording my vision of everyday life places, especially while I was driving and walking. It was while being in movement when I felt that everything was coming out and flowing; these snapshots were shoot based on instinct and intuition. They could be considered part of the equivalents tradition.
The process of taking my 35 mm camera with me most of the time for many days, became as important and revealing as making the images. The camera strengthened its companion dimension; it recorded some of my most honest and vulnerable moments; I used it not just to discover my way of looking at others, but of looking at myself. Many times I identified, discovered or even accepted my feelings when downloading the images on my computer and usually, words came after images and not the other way around.
During this period, the camera kept silence too. There were blocked days or moments. I felt a strong desire to forget. Therefore, there are images that were never taken. But, once again, the camera forced me to go back to me feelings too. In that path, sometimes I discovered I rationalized and “looked for” images. Therefore I stopped.
Throughout the project I repeated the same picture over and over again: one that captures and retains light: My camera became an affirmation of hope, faith and life.