Photographer and writer.
Joined November 2018
Photographer and writer.
Dara here from the forest! First of all, I would like to thank you for being here. It is a pleasure for me to be able to share with you what I know about photography and give you a part of my creative universe. Hopefully this course takes us to a beautiful place where we learn something more about this wonderful discipline that is photography. For my part, I will do my best to make it so :)
In this short introduction I will tell you about who I am and what inhabits my artistic and photographic universe. I will show you my first photographs and I will tell you how my artistic voice was formed from those first images to a narrative photography that uses poetic and metaphorical elements to tell stories.
When creating, it seems essential to us that we develop our visual culture. Knowing the work of other artists helps us broaden our gaze and our creative horizon. In this lesson I will tell you about three artists whose work connects with mine and who, in some way, have fueled my desire to continue creating.
In addition, in the resources I leave you a list of artists, films and books that seduce me and are part of what inspires me.
Before we start, I will tell you what we will do in this course and where I would like us to go together. I will propose a narrative photography session in which we will build a small series of four photographs, and you, in the final project, will be able to give voice to your creative universes by building your own narrative series.
Practice exercise 1.1
Now that you know me, I want to know you. Introduce yourself and tell the reasons that led you to take the course. You can put an avatar on your profile and add a project that you want to highlight from your portfolio. Also, if you feel like it, share your professional social networks with the rest of the students.
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Practice exercise 1.2
And what inspires you? Tell us in the forum where your influences come from; what or who inspires you. So we can all learn from it.
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My personal space
Here I leave you those virtual spaces where I have created my little artistic universe and where I share my photography and other beautiful things. If you want to know more than what inhabits my imagination, you can go into my Instagram or my Twitter :)
My essential photographers
I share a list of photographers that inspire me. I hope they serve you as much as they do me.
• Sally Mann : Mann's universe is my own universe of childhood and shadows, of the wild stalking, about to devour us. Entering his photography is entering a dream where the tenderness is sharp and voracious.
• Margaret M. de Lange : It is possible that de Lange is Sally Mann's lost sister. The same beautiful savagery, perhaps fiercer, inhabits his work, as if his girls had learned the wolf's song and howled until my flesh stood on end.
• Arthur Tress : In Arthur Tress's work, the disturbing thing creeps sinuously like a black snake that, although it horrifies us, we cannot stop contemplating. Maybe that's why it fascinates me so much.
• Ata Kandó : Ata Kandó understood the spirit of the forest and gave us a wonderful series in which adolescence is transformed into fern, bark and moss. I love her photographs like someone who loves a home that she recognizes as her own.
• Jock Sturges : He made nudity a free and beautiful kingdom. Its men and women breathe through the flesh, they are freed from all rope, from all cruelty. Hopefully inhabit one of his photographs.
• Jacqueline Roberts : Once again, childhood, present in all Roberts' work, twinned with that of Julia Margaret Cameron both for technique and for inhabiting the kingdom of dreams. In their children, however, there is a new, dense depth that brings them closer to us adults.
• Virginia Rota : Virginia Rota is an ancient spirit. A young woman capable of looking at the faces of others with a centuries-old gaze, perhaps immortal. Find the beauty in the gesture, in the saudade , in the wound that others do not see.
• Leila Amat : Leila creates from the bowels. His work is his flesh, blood, hair, and teeth. Build memory and memory, vitality and death, each sharp stone that annihilates it. Also, Leila is my friend and an extraordinary woman.
• Viktoria Sorochinski : Sorochinski builds tales from clay and tangled skeins. We can read through his photographs, believe in what he tells us, create a complete picture through the thread of the image. It is deeply narrative, and yet there is always a hidden mystery, something symbolic and indecipherable that seduces me.
• Aëla Labbé : The dance led Labbé to photography, and perhaps that is why her photographs dance, they are beautiful and undulating, as if they were hiding behind a mist that embraces and holds us within.
• Noell Oszvald : Noell Oszvald is a mystery. Each of his images is a black-and-white puzzle, a hermetically sealed secret between his lines of icy cleanliness. Faces avoid us, bodies lengthen, we cannot decipher them. And yet we are within them. Caught.
My essential plastic artists
• Dino Valls : Valls' work is wonderful. His girls acquire a rare anatomical perfection, and yet profoundly suggestive, where meat is much more than meat and where study reveals myths, legends and treatises. He is my favorite painter, although it is childish to speak of favorites and absolutes. Hopefully you will also be seduced.
• Andrea Kowch : I discovered Kowch's work on the cover of a book - Las epímeras de Pilar Adón - and since then He watches me and I observe her, I discover new and disturbing details in each of her paintings. Women who tame the madness and the landscape, who retain me whenever I contemplate them.
• Vilhelm Hammershoi : All my novels take place in a Hammershoi painting. I myself contemplate the distance through one of its windows. Its blue light encourages me to write, and in its dark silhouettes I see reflected some of my self-portraits, my own inert body and waiting.
• Marie Muravski : There is a tenderness in your illustrations that moves me. Also a very slight sadness, like one of those ungraspable mists that seem denser than they really are.
• Dilka Bear : Dilka Bear also inhabits that tenderness, although in her case sadness is tactile, she runs through the faces of her boys from a story old. No one smiles, and yet theirs is a universe of warm colors, of sweet animals, of softness that, if we are not careful, will bite us by surprise.
• Kikyz1313 : Tenderness could not flourish without violence. Without a cruelty to compare it with. Without the rot that reveals it to us, on the contrary, of a dazzling whiteness. Kikyz 1313 understands misery, and in his work he spits it in our faces, twists it, grabs us by the chin so that we face it as it is, brutal and icy.
• Virginia Mori : In another life I was one of the girls in Virginia Mori. I too skipped rope with my own reflection. I loved other girls who cut off my heart and my head. His black line - cruel pen - was my line; her voice mute, my scream. I have told you about her and why I love her: now I invite you to meet her, if she leaves you.
I could mention infinite more names (Alejandro Pasquale, Jana Brike, Lewis Carroll, Ariko Inaoka, Miwa Yanagi, Francisca Pageo, Balthus, Waterhouse, Laura Pérez, Natalia Drepina, Alejandra Acosta, Colette Saint Yves ...), but since I don't have all of them the characters of the world, I am going to leave you a small project where I share the artists who shake me, seduce or touch me: Loba Blanca .
Movies and essential books
And although it may seem too much - can art, literature or beauty be too much? - here is a list of films and books where I also recognize myself and whose universes converge with mine.
Movies The white ribbon
Veronica's double life
The spirit of the hive
Lord of the Flies
Voices from Chernobyl
Girls in uniform
Books The beautiful years of punishment - Fleur Jaeggy
Ada or the burning - Nabokov
In the lowlands - Herta Müller
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
The carnivorous lamb - Agustín Gómez-Arcos
The tragic zoo - Lídia Zinovieva-Annibal
The lover - Marguerite Duras
Terrible children - Jean Cocteau
Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The sabotage of love - Amélie Nothomb
Beasts - Joyce Carol Oates
The dam - Kenzaburo Oé
The delayed - Jeanne Benameur
L as black mothers - Patricia Esteban Erlés
color of milk - Nell Leyshon
Proleterka - Fleur Jaeggy
The Lord of the Flies - William Golding