Summer time, sunshine, water and love – in his intensely vibrant venture, the Leica photographer appears on the idea of paradise as a spot in life the place you come along with household. Water is the factor that binds all the pictures collectively: it permits the viewer to have his/her personal projection of goals and longings.
What does paradise imply to you?
Paradise is my life flowing by way of my household and buddies. It’s about my daughter changing into a girl; about my son changing into a person; about my spouse rising stunning and proud in our midlife; about our buddies and the lives and hopes we share; about me having fun with all that, getting older and recovering the thread of previous summers right into a story flowing into the long run. One thing to be worthy of and stay for the remainder of the 12 months, hoping it’ll final ceaselessly, like paradise.
The place did your footage of paradise originate?
Conceptually, after I realised after a number of summers and escapades taking pictures my household, that the pictures appeared very very similar to my very own subjective reminiscences of these moments, while carrying a continuum that was one way or the other annoyingly interrupted by the remainder of the 12 months. Formally, they’re, after all, anchored within the color avenue pictures custom of the late twentieth century, however I experimented loads with each content material and kind.
How essential is paradise or the concept of paradise for the viewer at this time?
It’s, I consider, fairly a controversial idea, and I’m certain there are completely different angles to it. On the one hand, opposing my Western vacationer privileged enjoyment with the onerous work of many individuals making it occur; or the rising inequality and nervousness even inside Western societies. However, the spiritual paradise idea, which exists in lots of or most religions in a single kind or one other, is perhaps dimmed at this time by the significance of the now and immediacy in our society. I do consider, nonetheless, that paradise is the place the place you share pleasure with your loved ones and family members, which, for my part, is kind of common.
Your photographs evoke longings. To what extent is your sequence dreamlike?
100%. I see the pictures and I really feel they’re an excellent illustration of my reminiscences and all of the subjective components from these moments. Virtually like residing them once more: the sounds, the temperature, our moods… And I’ve tried to encourage that within the edit, choosing the pictures that reinforce that feeling.
What’s your photographic course of? What had been you in search of in your photographs?
As at all times, I consider a photographer in the end appears for himself/herself in his/her photographs. And when you contemplate the entire strategy of a protracted, ongoing multi-year venture like this one, as a photographer you might be additionally in search of one thing alive and natural alongside a trajectory: the place you come from and the place you’re going. Household and our family members are additionally in all probability a very powerful factor for many people. It’s the place you will get full entry as a photographer, which is probably probably the most tough factor to acquire. So when you put all that collectively, the method and pictures in Paradise may in all probability need to reply who I’m for and inside my household, and the place is life taking us all.
What’s the perform of water as a component in your photographs?
It weaves the whole lot collectively. It’s the material that connects the pictures – being current in most of them a technique or one other –, and gives many with their dreamlike projection. Like floating reminiscences. It additionally represents the place the place we get collectively as household and buddies to reconnect and rejoice – now that many in our household, as an illustration, stay aside from one another due to research or work – after the entire 12 months working and being aside, alone, like particular person islands on stable floor.
What was your expertise with the digital camera – additionally when it comes to “water pictures”?
Enormously satisfying, as a result of the Leica X-U – which I’ve used for nearly all photographs – gives me with the very best of each worlds. First, the power to retain the enjoyment of my conventional Leica taking pictures expertise: all the photographs are shot on handbook mode, as a result of I at all times felt that the method of taking pictures with my Leica was as a lot enjoyable because the consequence; it truly forces you to consider what you’re feeling in a taking pictures state of affairs, and the best way to greatest characterize it. And the playfulness of the X-U’s underwater capacity; it’s at all times nice to take that plunge with the X-U round your neck, and play with refraction and the dreamy views.
What that means does color have in your footage, and to what extent is color itself additionally “paradisiacal”?
To me color – and, in a broader sense, kind, together with geometry and lightweight in composition – is as essential as content material. You may have an incredible second within the unsuitable mild, and to me it may not be as evocative as a yellow wall towards the blue sky, or a pink costume on the grass. Once more, I feel it is vitally subjective and is determined by everybody. Even color isn’t approached the identical method by completely different color photographers. To me, specifically, color needs to be daring, major and on the service of emotions and emotion. It directs how I shoot and my digital camera settings, and my selection of locations to shoot; to me it’s what makes an excellent image. If, on high of nice color and kind, you handle to wrap a second in it, then to me it makes an incredible image.
There are completely different concepts of paradise. Do you spotlight your individual concept of paradise with this sequence?
Completely. Life flowing by way of my household and buddies. Now. Not once we’re useless. Or reasonably, because it has been, is, and can proceed to be once we get collectively to rejoice in one another.
Víctor M. Pérez (Madrid, 1972), is a photographer born and based mostly in Madrid. His photographs and photographic language specific the longing of presence and belonging, and are taken principally candidly in public locations and streets all around the world. His Alive At Midlife self-published, e book dummy, was shortlisted on the 2017 Photolondon/LaFabrica competitors, and exhibited at Somerset Home in London and the Spanish Nationwide Library in Madrid. Solo exhibitions embody a range from Anybody, Anytime, Anyplace, on the Leica Gallery Milan, a venture which was additionally featured in Leica Fotografie Worldwide (LFI) journal. Discover out extra about his pictures on his web site and Instagram web page.
Created to defy the weather.