Thoughts

Though
August 26, 2013
I’ve always liked photography, but it was only around eight years ago that I really became passionate about landscape photography. I discovered that I could combine my love for nature with my love for aesthetics; I noticed that this was a combination which gave me great pleasure. Since I was young, I have felt a special attraction towards spatial conception and its relationship with light; when I walked around new cities I was fascinated by this mixture. Later on, I started linking the architectural composition with natural landscapes and how they influenced each other, I became more sensitive about their relationship. Being educated as an architect gets the mind used to look for geometrical relationships in everything, and to perceive the effect of light in space. I think that these are determining factors in my photography, whenever I arrange an image the geometrical concepts that I use as an architect are unconsciously present. By getting into photography in a more serious way, I noticed that my architecture had more clarity of design and that I thought more and more about my spaces as “built landscapes”. I also started to add to my architectural vocabulary concepts such as “drama”, “contrast” and “distillation of elements”; I believe it has been a very lucky marriage which has enriched me both ways. I have always wanted to live by the sea, I hope to achieve it someday. Mexico City is definitely a city with lots of energy, but I think I prefer the tranquility of the sea, Maybe living in a chaotic city like Mexico makes me search for something peaceful. The uninhabited spaces of my images are artistically chosen, I like that sense of emptiness that makes you think about the future. I like the abstract sense that I achieve since I believe that as an architect, those are the ones that cause a bigger impact on me. When I take a picture of a landscape I try to include as few elements as possible, in order to express that space, I “distillate” reality. I think that we are living in a very saturated world, and by finding images that with few elements express something, the observer is given the opportunity of enjoying of a moment of peace in a more and more chaotic world. I think that my images are timeless, they escape time, they absorb it, they can be about the past or the future; and I am talking about years and hours and minutes, when working with long exposures the images capture time in a different way, they “compress” it and express images that the human eye can not see without photography. More than anything I look for landscape which express tranquility but at the same time that are dramatic, I look for contact with water and that they are not loaded with elements. I have learnt that apart from the images that I capture I also take with me a piece of nature. For me, water means: life, purity, tranquility, where the World would be reborn, the greatest life source on planet Earth and the place where every human being wants to return to. I think that our World needs to be purified; I am optimistic about the future and I think it depends greatly on the water. I believe that the water will be an element upon which future generations will depend more and more. The “Hope” series transmit the drama about the Beginning and the End of the World, the world that begins and ends in the sea, the relationship between the Earth and the sea and their eternal struggle, the Earth that melts in the sea. Those huge rocks that spend half their time under the sea and the other above it show us the drama of that relationship. I look for my images to extend themselves beyond the place where they were taken, that they express concepts farther away than locations, that they take the observer to imagined places, and that they take him on a personal journey, different for each one of us. I would love that my images could make people aware, that they understand how wonderful and fragile our planet is, as well as the need of preserving it for future generations.