Monday, April 22, 2024

Alfonso Zubiaga is a photographer from Spain. Starts taking pictures in 1973. After licensing in Economics, he goes to London in 1983, where he works as a photographer for EL PAIS, DIARIO 16, VIAJAR, and for the filmes “Greystoke” (Hugh Hudson) and “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” (Steven Spielberg). He moves to Madrid in 1985, where he opens a studio and collaborates with the main advertising agencies and publishers as goes on with his artistic work. Profesor of Master Internacional Conceptual & Artistic Photography EFTI, Madrid since 2006.

My photography is an exercise that explores the growing interest in contemporary art around the construction and deconstruction of reality. Photography allows us to create with the existing reality visual illusions formed with elements of reality and compose other realities

Alfonso, where do you get your inspiration?

The inspiration comes from the observation and research on photography and its infinite forms of evolution looking for new ways to show the world from photography.

Which is the reletioship and influence beetween your cultural backgorund (country, studies, etc.) and your artworks?

The cultural backgorund is the most important element of artistic creation, all part of our knowledge and learning throughout life. Literature, cinema, music, theater … life experiences we have had, are the basis of artistic development.

What are you much focused in?

I am focused on the impact that the digital revolution is causing in the world and above all in photography. My current project, “Binary” conceptually deepens in transferring the binary language to the landscape, making nocturnal projections of “0” and “1” over islands and forests. I do not use photoshop to make these images.

Have you encountered any difficulties when you first started your art/freelance career?

Many, many, many.

Over these years, what is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession?

Continuous work, perseverance and maintaining a proper and well-defined creative line.

Do you think that a creative job is just creativity or it’s discipline too?

50% creative work and 50% discipline and work.

Are you currently work on new projects?

Yes ,”Binary” I started it a year ago and it has a long way to go.

“The inspiration comes from
the observation and research

Continuous work,
perseverance and
maintaining a proper
and well-defined
creative line

New York 2008 (Explanatory Memory)
The NY series, made up of 21 pictures, was actually born almost forty years ago, when I was a child.
During a school trip to the Pagasarri mountain in Vizcaya, we were walking through the darkness of a dense wood pathway, when we suddenly came out into the open light, at an astonishing valley was  ahed. This made me feel the delicious sensation of the landscape moving away, gradually stepping through the light. I have this feeling a few more times, always associated to the visual experience created by changing from a close and dark environment into an open space. And always as part of  that  peaceful state of mind induce by physical exertion. Through this pictures, I try to express this keeling of dizzy movement and pleasure which I experience so many years agoA picture is not only an image; it is also a stimulus capable of transmitting  sensations and feelings. I’m still on this long term project with pictures taken in Greenland (August 2008), Namibia (January 2009) and soon at the peruvian Amazon Forest (June 2009). (source)

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