A Nimbus is a dark and irregular cloud of medium height that produces precipitations. These clouds close the sky in such a way that they do not allow sunlight to penetrate due to their great density. The nimbus can also produce electrical discharges.
In one way or another we all have our own Nimbus; negative thoughts that haunt us and prevent us from seeing clearly. When one of these dark clouds hangs over us, our mind gets caught in a storm that we can’t get rid of and that controls us at his will, making our world a darker and more unstable place. But can we take control of these dark clouds?
Silent Rooms consists in imagine how the world is when we do not see it and in reconstructing a well-known environment as home in a dreamy world that is activated in our absence. In Silent Rooms I reallocate home objects and give them a new life. I imagine how these ordinary elements, boring and insignificant for us, quietly recover their own splendor when we close the doors of our houses. This familiar world that we leave behind is transformed in a parallel world, and the objects are relocated in a deconstructed environment that enters in conflict with what we concieve as reality. Each photograph represents a room in the home where the objects interact among them, creating small narrations open to interpretation.
To make this project I imposed myself one rule, all the photographs had to be made within the limits of my house. From this single guideline, I first began to photograph the spaces, then the domestic objects and finally their inhabitants. But as I was accumulating images, I felt the need to transform all that palpable and evident reality, to adapt it to my speech, and thus speak not only about the tangible but also about what we do not see.
The Final result is Dream Moons, a sequence that mixes photography and texts to enter into a dreamlike and unstable world and make us travel through the dream of the author.
“Indago” is a work which comes from contemplating the natural environment and its different guises. In these photographs the author rediscovers forms and endows them with new meanings reflecting states of mind as well as inner feelings. These images in black and white conjure the night, and speak to the viewer of man and nature, of life and death, or about object’s concrete appearance. Ultimately, the images are open to interpretation, waiting to be transformed, to evoke different shades of experience in others.
The work’s starting point is the story of a man who lives away from the world in the middle of the forest; who shapes and sometimes destroys his environment, yet who also blends into and ultimately forms a part of it.
“Mijnberg” is a fictitious mountain that I created wrinkling a standard A4 paper and that could be translated from Dutch as “My mountain”. On one hand the blank paper is a metaphor of the landscape, which don’t exists and only makes sense if its interpreted by man. On the other hand the pictures of this unique geography serves me as a claim against the endless number of pictures that have been taken of any mountain in the world. A dynamic that in photographic terms converts the mountain that is sublime in itself in something ridiculous and repetitive. The trip to the top of “Mijnberg” is a psychological journey and represents the struggle against oneself.
The relationship between nature and society has changed over time. Just over one hundred years ago people depended entirely on the nature, but today, immersed in a system based on the massive consumption of products that make our lives easier, our relationship with the natural environment has become increasingly distant.
We modify the territory without following any logical standards, we are simply ‘taking over’ and we persist in requiring immediate results from nature, without regarding its needs for its own pace to function adequately. Many of us would not know how to decipher its signs or how to survive with the resources that this gives us, and gradually we are losing the awareness that we are part of the same world.
For some people the desert represents decay and death. There is scarcity of water and shade, extremely temperatures and a lack of resources for humans to survive. But at the same time there is a long tradition of the desert as a place of healing, both physically and spiritually.
With the Californian desert as background, “Happy Nothing” is a personal journey that delves into the lives of its inhabitants and its secrets. Here is where ex-convicts, war veterans, retirees and people that for some reason have decided to stay outside of the society live. In these towns there is no running water, the houses are in ruins, the streets unpaved, without street lighting, there are no supermarkets or entertainment infrastructures. But despite living in this conditions, they call it the Paradise.
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