Places That End Up Coming

In Places that end up coming I look for, in first instance, to construct an inner landscape built from the schemes of the Pictorialism movement that took place around the late XIXth and early XXth centuries; a current where photographers had a lot of interest on the subjective and the creation of protective microuniverses. With this interior landscapes I move from merely contemplative spaces, filled with pleasant feelings of self-protection, to spaces where I could recognize myself and interfere on; without having lost the sensation of a personal microuniverse that I have constructed or construct in foreign cities or transit places (apartments, houses, hotels) or in circumstances to which I do not belong. In that sense I take on, for myself and as what I attempt for the spectator of my images, what Bachelard states: «The values of intimacy are so absorbent that the reader (spectator) does not read (sees) our room: they again see theirs» (The poetics of the space).

That is, the spaces, being foreign to myself, are transformed so that they can be perceived as something from my everyday life. This goes as well for the spectator, so that they see themselves reflected and feel these images as part of their own history.

Changing feelings (that will be determined and that I will make evident from the colour palette, by the bareness of the visual resolution, by the austerity of forms) that are transformed according to the journey’s route or to space and that will determine the finish of the image, where, indeed, mood will predominate over composition. What I do is a construction of metaphors, in certain time-space existential circumstances, in order to recognise myself. George Lakoff and the philosopher Mark Johnson mention in respect to the metaphors of the daily life: “In the same way that we look for metaphors to emphasise and to make coherent what we have common with another person, we look for personal metaphors that emphasise and make our own pasts, our present activities, our dreams and hopes coherent, as well as our objectives”.

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