The exploration of desires, ideas, and potentialities are hallmark traits of conceptual self-portrait photographer Fares Micue. The mesmeric and otherworldly ideas offered in every of her photographs not solely captivate the eyes however stir a type of whimsical intrigue into the story behind the pictures.
What began as a passion again in 2009 to get a number of good profile footage for social networks subtly developed into an formidable passion-fueled journey to seize and look at psychological well being and perceptions of actuality.
“I periodically overview my emotions, and my reactions to the totally different conditions I encounter to search out the origin of them and tackle any doable issues earlier than they get larger. I feel it is rather vital to have a deep data of our personal minds and by no means neglect our psychological well being and emotions with a purpose to establish and tackle any potential imbalance,” Micue says, chatting with PetaPixel.
The self-taught advantageous artist is presently based mostly within the Canary Islands in Spain and not too long ago took a visit to Korea (a location, prior to now, that has been inspirational for the artist) and determined to look at her headspace and her pure environment there.
“I at all times expertise a deep feeling of peace, calm, and renewed power after I go to there and that’s what I needed to precise, share and spotlight in these photographs, the significance of residing in symbiosis with nature and discovering locations that [match] a lot of our personal distinctive power and vibrations […and] to search out interior peace,” Micue says.
Infused in every picture is a mild mixing of surroundings and Mucue’s props that embrace uncooked natural supplies similar to flowers and branches and a few inorganic ones similar to balloons or origami. Micue additionally joins this with placing and expressive bodily actions, whereas at all times hiding her face. An intentional act to impress a extra open interpretation of her imagery in addition to stoking the thriller of emotional states of being.
This distinctive conceptual type beckons the viewers to journey with Micue into expansive forests, to ‘Fall’ from mountain tops, or just pause, replicate and prioritize one’s psychological well being.
The Canon 5D Mark IV has been Micue’s go-to piece of apparatus for developing tales and manifesting her desires into actuality. However all of this effort to precise the interior supplies means she has to maintain the exterior supplies to a minimal.
“I prefer to be easy with my tools particularly if I’m touring and will probably be visiting totally different areas without delay […my Canon] is an effective skilled digicam, however nonetheless fairly light-weight and due to this fact is simple to take round and since I do self-portraits. I can’t [leave out] my tripod (nothing fancy, simply robust sufficient to maintain my digicam in place) and naturally my distant management, and I’m able to create!”
Due to a little bit of fine-tuning in Photoshop, Micue can also be capable of additional indulge within the picturesque facets of her photographs.
“Photoshop has been my modifying program for the reason that starting of my observe, as I mentioned earlier than I prefer to preserve my observe so simple as doable and photoshop permits me to create my imaginative and prescient with out many issues,” Micue says.
Unknown environment can current their very own set of challenges, however nothing that Micue doesn’t view as optimistic alternatives for artistic storytelling.
“I feel the tougher a part of taking pictures in new environments is that you just don’t absolutely management the weather and don’t know precisely what you will discover, particularly in nature the place issues can change in a matter of seconds, in these events your expertise, creativity, and skill to adapt and suppose quick turns into a should to take advantage of out the place.”
Hitting artistic partitions plagues many an artist, so when trying to find inspiration or garnering the drive to take dangers in her pictures, Micue emphasizes the necessity to really feel liberated to encourage the latter.
“I […] say freedom and the significance of trying to find locations that match your power with a purpose to develop into the perfect model of your self, the setting can have a really deep impression on our psychological state and due to this fact our actions, motivation ranges, ideas, and total power and stability, even when it simply your house make it motivational, inspirational and energetic and you’ll quickly expertise the advantages of it. I wish to remind individuals to take time for themselves and dive deep into their emotions, purpose, and motivations in life.” Micue provides.
“My recommendation is to search out your voice, your message, and what pushes you to create…”
Recently, Micue has been exploring combined media items, tinkering with new supplies and props, and is worked up to take audiences by new journeys of introspection and optimistic self-kindness.
For extra from Micue, be sure that to observe her on Instagram.
Picture credit: Fares Micue