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Analogic Flower

Updated: Jun 15

The stimulating factor lies in the contrast, between the extremes, in the pendular swing of the dual Universe. The dynamics of Yin and Yang, it is not possible to enjoy warmth without having felt cold, or to enjoy cold without having felt warmth. Extreme sensations gratify and stimulate, but if they come and go in a slow and gradual manner.

Flowers probably represent one of the purest expressions of beauty, harmony, and subtlety in the natural world. Nature itself is harmonious and endlessly provides us with this harmonizing power. It does not bore, it does not tire. However, the modern world offers people other stimuli, synthetic, virtual, industrial, digital, made of silicon, plastic, concrete, and steel. This experience has changed modern humans in big cities, their aesthetic perception seeks to perceive the complete experience of the opposite worlds of the natural and the industrial, the in-person and the virtual.

My experience as a photographer has led me to perceive nature in a different way. I have taken photos of different types, but those of nature are the ones that most deeply touch viewers. However, they provide a beauty per se, which is not stimulating for the rational mind and from there to the spirit. It's like laughter without tears or joy without sadness. Both are necessary to enrich the soul.

The photography has changed but the flower remains the same

Modern digital photography has left analog photography in the realm of a craft product, an artistic practice with synthetic supports and chemical compounds that produce peculiar images, characteristic of the reactions of their own chemicals. The textures and colors correspond to the spectrum of their acids and resins, giving the images an aesthetic linked to analog photography.

Trying to capture the beautiful image of a flower on such a chemically crude, synthetic, and industrial support is apparently a contradiction, an absurdity, yet we have been trying for decades. Even digital photography itself, lighter in that sense, still has its limitations if only viewed on a screen.

Combining the subtle beauty of a flower in an image within a techno-industrial frame aims to stimulate our minds and souls through this seemingly opposite, extreme perception. It causes the viewer great visual, mental, and emotional stimulation, freeing the soul.

This work presents these images in large format, taken with a digital camera and digitally processed to simulate the aesthetics of chemicals, their colors, textures, and tones. But not only that, it also aims to bring to light the aesthetics of lenses with optics from old cameras and medium and large format films with defects in their manufacture, development, and long-term storage. This optic with significant chromatic and geometric aberrations, deformations, and defects has a peculiar aesthetic and revives our visual memories from 100 years ago.

The photography has changed but the flower remains the same. The contrast manifests in many dimensions, and in that sense, I aspire to offer a work that nurtures our consciousness.

The collection "Analog Flower" does not aim to be an exact reproduction of analog photography aesthetics, although it is inspired by it. What it does aim to do is create a reflection, a cognitive conflict that stimulates our eyes, our minds, and generates deep reflection.

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