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Ayer se inauguró la exposición “Influencias” en la Real Sociedad Fotográfica, en la que tengo el honor de compartir una de mis fotografías. Se trataba de conmemorar el aniversario del primer fotolibro de la historia, titulado Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843–53) y creado por Anna Atkins. El libro fue lanzado como un parte de un trabajo para ayudar a la comunidad científica en la identificación de especies marinas. Las imágenes fueron realizadas, como indica su título, utilizando un proceso químico llamado cianotipo.

La idea era utilizar algunos de los fotolibros que componen la increíble colección que guarda nuestra fototeca. Cada uno de los autores hemos elegido uno y hemos realizado una fotografía que se inspira en una de sus páginas.

En mi caso, el fotógrafo elegido ha sido Paco Gómez, miembro de la Escuela de Madrid y socio histórico de la Real Sociedad Fotográfica. De su trabajo me gusta, sobre todo, su sensibilidad para el detalle y sus composiciones. Sirva mi “hojita” como homenaje y este post como invitación a visitar la exposición, que merece mucho la pena por la variedad y creatividad del resto de propuestas.

Estamos en la calle Tres Peces, 2 -en el barrio de Lavapiés- hasta el 5 de febrero, todas las tardes de lunes a viernes, de 18.30 a 21.00 horas y los sábados, de 11.00 a 14.00 horas. Si queréis una visita guiada, no tenéis más que decirme.

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My photography is part of the exhibition “Influencias”, organized by the Royal Photographic Society (Madrid, Spain). This way, we celebrate the anniversary of the first photobook published by Anna Atkins in the nineteenth century, titled Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843–53).

Some of the fellows have chosen our favorite photobook and have prepared a photography based on it. I have chosen Paco Gómez photographies because I love how he payed attention to details and his sensitivity on composition and textures.

Hope you like it!


On the seventh day, some inspiration

Muy pocas de mis fotos son retratos. Y, de ellas, en muy pocas (creo que en ninguna últimamente), el modelo mira a cámara. Me siento incómoda. Es como si, a través de la lente, me miraran dentro. También me incomoda lo que me enseñan en su mirada. Es algo en lo que tengo que trabajar más; el retrato, como género, me gusta mucho. Pero aún necesito algo más de confianza. 

I feel uneasy when someone looks inside me through the lens of my camera. It´s like if they can see more than I am willing to show. And it´s like if they´re showing too much to me. I need to be more self confident because I do love portraits as a photographic style.

Las imágenes de este joven fotógrafo son sorprendentes. Los rostros son artificiales pero producen una gran impresión. Llevan una cantidad de trabajo increíble detrás.

These young photographer pictures are amazing. Artificial faces are impressive and make you think about all the post production work they have.

Y aquí van unos cuantos enlaces a retratos que, por una razón u otra, me parecen impactantes:
And here you have some links to some other stunning portraits:

Esto sí que es acercarse!
Retratos que recuerdan a la pintura flamenca

Todavía recuerdo la impresión que me produjo esta exposición
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Estas niñitas me dan miedo… 
Algunos desconocidos que miran fijamente.  

Too close for me! 
Portraitures that look like old paintings
I still remember when I saw this exhibition. It was shocking!
These little girls are frightening…
Some strangers looking directly into you.

Have a nice week!

Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

Este fin de semana comienza oficialmente el verano. No, no me he vuelto loca de repente. Es que pienso que ya es verano cuando se abre la piscina de casa. Iremos cambiando, poco a poco, las tardes de parque por tardes a remojo. 

Summer starts officially this weekend. No, I haven´t gone mad suddenly. It´s just that I start on summer mode when the communal swimming pool -under my window- is open to the neighborhood.

Ya escribí sobre el tema piscina en mi otro blog, el verano pasado. Si te da pereza moverte, aquí están algunos enlaces llenos de cloro y salpicaduras:

- Una estupenda colección de imágenes.
- Unos bebés acuáticos que he visto en un blog sobre fotografía del que soy fan. Me encanta cómo explican la parte técnica, sus consejos y las fotos tan tiernas que publican.
-  Sol cegador y trampolines.
- Esta piscina es increíble… y la página también.
- Y una colección de las piscinas más bonitas del mundo

I already wrote about it last summer. If you don´t want to leave this blog, just take a look at this link plenty of chlorine and water splashing.

- An amazing selection of pictures.
Underwater babies seen in a wonderful blog I love to visit.
-  Blinding sunlight and diving boards.
This swimming pool is amazing… and the website .
- And finally, some of the most beautiful swimming pools around the world.

¡Que tengáis una refrescante semana!
Have a refreshing week!

Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

I spend many hours a day driving alone. It´s not as bad as it sounds. Good music on the radio and my thoughts. Of course, I hate every day traffic jams or dangerous behavours of some other drivers but excluding those things, I usually drive in a very relaxed way through an almost deserted highway.

Paso unas cuantas horas al día conduciendo sola. No es tan malo como parece. Buena música en la radio y mis pensamientos haciéndome compañía. Desde luego, odio cuando hay atasco o algún idiota va haciendo… el idiota. Pero, aparte de eso, normalmente conduzco muy tranquila a través de una casi siempre desierta autopista.

Did you know this amazing blog? They show photography books page by page and I love to take a look at their new acquisitions. I love these other projects as well:

- These poetic pictures of cars into the landscape. Or landscape covering old cars. I don´t know.
-  If you are able to get into one of them, you could take pictures like these ones.
- Who hasn´t taken a look at the driver in the car besides yours?
- And haven´t you thought what the rest would think of you singing and dancing alone into your car while driving? I have!
- A huge and colourful compostion with toy cars.
- And some cars photographed by my dear Iñigo.

¿Conocíais este blog tan chulo? Enseñan libros de fotografía página a página y me encanta echar un vistazo de vez en cuando a sus adquisiciones. También me han encantado estos otros proyectos:

- Estas poéticas imágenes de coches incrustados en el paisaje. O quizá es el paisaje el que los cubre.  No lo sé. 
-  Si fueras capaz de meterte en uno de los coches del proyecto anterior, probablemente obtendrías fotografías como estas.
 ¿Quién no ha mirado de reojo al conductor del coche de al lado en un atasco?
- ¿Y no se te ha pasado por la cabeza qué pensarán los demás conductores mientras cantas y bailas como una loca? ¡Podría haber fotos!
- Una monumental y colorida composición con coches de juguete
Y algunos coches fotografiados por mi querido Iñigo (el resto de sus fotos también son estupendas).

Have a nice week!
Drive slowly.

¡Que paseis una buena semana!
Conducid con cuidado.

Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

I don´t need a present for the Mother´s Day. I have all I need with my baby. She´s the best present I could dream. And I enjoy motherhood everyday. A little bit more today, maybe. That´s why this post is not very long. But it´s full of tenderness and inspiration, for sure!

Though she is not one of my favourite photographers -and I feel anxious about such tiny babies in her studio-, Anne Geddes´ photographies are really valued and you can find them usually in many Mother´s Day postcards. But Maternity has been inspirational for many photographers in history. I save many of those photographies in my computer, from Julia Margaret Cameron to Annie Leivobitz. But today, I´d like to share these ones:

- A colourful and sweet vision of motherhood… and one of my favourite family photographer. And her awsome dayly life pictures.
- And idealized and funny vision of familiar life in fashion magazines.
- She´s cute, she´s glamourous and she´s a mom.
- But sometimes being a mother is not easy
- A performance in which various mothers act out feelings and fantasies of ambivalence for the camera
- One of the most sincere and real visions of maternity I´ve ever seen in photography.

Have a nice week!
Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

Let´s play. I say: underwater photography. And you are probably thinking about sharks, starfishes and coral. You can even imagine something like this if there are kids at home :)  But it’s not so. I’m thinking about floating models, calm settings and elaborate scenes. Graceful and poetic series.

This weekend was supposed to be sunny. And I was supposed to be enjoying the beach. Next time. In the meantime, the rain through my window have reminded me all this portfolios:

- Pictorial, heroic portraits underwater.
- Elegant dancers.
- Not focused but splendid views, full of movement and intensity.
- Her water babies are amazing.
- Behance is a showcase full of talent. Don´t miss the rest of the gallery and explore other artists (maybe you would like to take a look at my place).
- His page collapsed when he uploaded this series first time.

And as a bonus track, from now on, this is my source of all things wicked and awesome. Mental note: I must stop subscribing new blogs!

Have a not so wet week!
Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

Some weeks ago, I saw a National Geographic issue on twins in Roberto´s desk. We were chating about the similarities and differences of each one of Martin Schoeller portraits for National Geographic. And he -who actually has a twin brother- made me realize that couples had some slightly different details. It is an hypnotic portfolio indeed.

Martin Schoeller (c) National Geographic. January, 2012.

And the conversation reminded me of all the twins portraits I´ve collected from several photographers. It seems I feel a kind of fascination for duplicated images, compositions in a mirror or optical effects. I blame some of my childhood readings… No, seriously, some of my favourites portfolios:

- These couples´are always placed in a depressing, perturbing atmosphere. You might think they are statues.
- These little girls are not sweet at all. Portraits are absolutely disturbing, so chilling…
- And the effect of these customized portraits, though luminous, cause more or less the same effect.
- Twins have been attractive models for photographers since the origins of Photography.
- A pictorial vission of a classical artist.
And the most disturbing twins and triplets of all the history of photography.

Have a nice week!
Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

The few mentions of women photographers in classical texts of photography have always annoyed me. In the case of Spanish photography, this is even more evident. But there are great women artists from the origins of photography as there are great photographers in Spanish history of photography as well.

I´m thinking about Julia Margaret Cameron, for example, whose braveness and stubborness in a sexist society have always had all my sympathy. And many many other powerful, tender, intelligent, passionate feminine views. Cristina Carcia Rodero (whose sweetness and strength is obvious in the video above) chooses her top ten. I must say that I completely trust her choice:

- The most famous photographer of Marilyn.
- Pain and suffering in its purest.
-  Calm, peaceful portraits.
-  The Great Depression images.
- Surrealism through a pinhole.
- Poetic documents of natives.
- Tribal spirit.
- There´s nothing that cannot be photographed”
- Mafia stories.
- Transgressive dailylife photographies
- The camera as point of connection and point of separation.

Do you want to add anyone else? Please, do it! It would be great to share our personal selection.

Have a nice week!

Ana


On the seventh day, some inspiration

I wanted to study Art History when I was at school. I didn´t do it. And it´s something I would like to do. I haven´t ruled out yet. Actually, my favourite subjects at university were related to Photography History and Cinema History. And, I must confess that when I had the opportunity to collaborate with a gallery as a curator, I realized that, oh God, I did love that job!

And another confession: I deeply envy this woman :)

Sarah Meister is the curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She makes decisions regarding what photographies to collect, oversees their care and documentation, conducts research based on the collection and shares that research with the public through exhibitions and publications. 

Do you want to be a curator for a while? Your kids will enjoy this link too. If you prefer reading, take a look at this monography and these interviews. And if you have the opportunity to drop by the MoMa to see Sarah´s job, you can´t miss Eugene Atget and Cindy Sherman current exhibitions.

A little bit far, I know. Maybe a visit to Madrid is more affordable. In this case, Lewis Hine and Emile Hoppé are waiting for you at Fundación Mapfre. Trust me, they worth it. Don´t want to move out? A virtual visit here and here. That´s what I´ve  just done. It´s not lazyness, my friends. I promise. I´ll visit both galleries as soon as we recover of our sickness. I love visiting a gallery with children and need contents for my unusual Sundays section! ;)

Have an artistic week,

Ana

PS: This is my post number 100. Thanks to everyone for visiting my modest pictures everyday!


On the seventh day, some inspiration

How does a photographer become a photographer? Do they have a natural talent? Or do they learn from practice? I think it´s a mixture of both things. Extraordinary photographers know how to create a good image in a natural way but that would be nothing without good skills.

Sergio Larraín explains his nephew how to become a photographer. I wish it would be so easy… anyway he gives him really good advices. Hard work, common sense, critical spirit, a big amount of patience, learn from other photographers…

Many photographers agree to these guidelines. Paul Strand wrote a letter to the students of photography, saying something similar.

I always prefer to listen to what the most important photographers in history have to say to the beginners. But internet offers thousand of tips to become a better photographer or learn better photographic techniques. Though it is highly unlikely that, with these tips, you end up workin for Magnum or National Geographic. 

I´m doing my homework. I work everyday, have patience and learn from good photographers. This week I´ve discovered wonderful portfolios to share:

- Magic compositions of a child interacting wiht animals in a daily context

- Poetic landscapes during fire

- A real wild idea and creative 365 project

- Childhood summer memories

- An amazing project involving strangers

Have a nice week

Ana


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