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The following images are based on my series Intimacy.
The drawings on them are indeed scratches and I did them because these prints did not come out as I had expected and I am not into throw prints to the garbage. I had this photos stored approximately two years since I print them because I knew I had to do something with them, but I did not know what.
Sometimes, you may have random ideas in your head but from there until make them reality may a take a while. Ideas and inspiration are just a small percentage of the creative process, the rest is real work, take the brushes a start to paint, grab the clay and start to shape it or take your camera and go out to take photographs and from there look at your work and redefine it. It is normal that you start with idea A and during the process it evolve to B and you may finish with C.
With these photographs my ideas ranged from cut
them all in small pieces and make some kind of collage to make a single
image-portrait, kind of Frankenstein, or to paint them, get some dry
flowers and photograph them all together. At the end I went for something more simple as drawing on them but with a cutter.
I have posted some photos from my archive in my facebook page
, images from 2003-2005 when I used to work for a national newspaper back in Peru.
In those days I was as well documenting metal concerts, specifically underground metal concerts. Metal music and all its sub-genders are still quite unknown in the mainstream in Peru therefore if we mention black metal or death metal most of those bands play in small pubs in the outskirts of Lima.
These images are from those extreme genders, black metal and death metal as you can see by their outfits but despite it may look like very dangerous and aggressive people, in fact, in these concerts the people were more calm than in others I have been, they were more in their own world screaming the songs and moving their heads up and down. Nobody minded I was photographing them.
Well, enough words, enjoy them:
|Fans in Sepultura concert|
|Fans, Sepultura concert.|
|Fans, Dismember concert.|
It was a cloudy and windy day.
I had not researched anything about this place.
For me was one more village away from Brno.
It was a good decision, a great one.
After walk approximately 5 min looking for the main square I spot this:
I got closer and closer and admired deeply I breathed.
But too much perfection could not be true.
My personal taste for the old, rusty and the abandoned took me away from the mail entrance.
I turn to the right, walk trough an arc and my eyes were delighted:
It was an important palace. It was...
Then I arrived to it's garden, should be called it's park.
So walked trough it.
Quite far from me I saw strange creatures.
I got closer and the beast did not move.
Around them, ancient Gods now petrified and forgotten.
All in silence, all standing. Without power but all proud.
I turned around and came back.
Back in the city I found this street and stayed there.
It reminded me some passages from my childhood.
I am the one
whose beautiful smile
could not conquer your heart
and whose black hands
failed to scratch your skin.
I am the one
who in silent anger
My profaned muse
let the red wine unite us in eternal lust
and lead our hopeless souls
to a painful ecstasy.
You, my purple desire,
with your bruised lips
lick my tears and tired body.
and by the end of the day
with your disgraced hands
bless me. Carlos Lopez, November 2012.
|The bracelet. 2001. ©Carlos Lopez|
Currently under the main station of Brno has been installed a series of artworks as part of the project called Galerie Myšina in which they make the street an art gallery. I like idea and although is not new is good that someone decide to use the dark walls of the corridors under the station and put some color on them.
The project this time presents artists from the faculty of fine arts of the Brno university of technology and from the Escola Massana University in Spain so is nice to see artworks from international artist.
for more information go to www.galeriemysina.cz (only in czech)
Marketa, pretty common name here. :D
Marketa, from Brno. Enjoy it.
Ask for help
if you are unable to kill me.
ask for mercy
if I am unable to love you.
ask for power
if your Gods are unfaithful.
don't forget to ask for me
when other hands decide to leave you
because I'll be there
ready to kiss you.
I will give you the knife
that bring peace.
©Carlos Lopez, Octber 2012
~and once united
we'll be immortals.~
Miguel Flores started as photojournalist to become then a fashion and advertising fotographer and release all his energy and creativity. Based in Lima he share today with us some of his thoughs and story. Enjoy it.
- Did you go to school to study photography?
I studied Communication at the at the University of Lima without know I would end up photographer.
- What were the steps involved after graduating from university to become a professional photographer?
I the middle of my career I started to lean more towards photography. I had already taken courses in film, television, advertising. So I took xclasses with Jaime Razuri, a prominent news photographer, editor of the agency France Press, that was when I decided to be photographer forever.
I started working at the newspaper La República, who formed me clearly as a press photographer, and helped me to be fast with the camera to capture unexpected events, as well to be patience while waiting for the better moment to obtain the desired image. Then came the magazine Para ti (For you) where I was fortunate to be part of fashion productions of high caliber. I learned little by little what it is team work for obtaining a single image. That "that picture" wast the effort of several people, each in their professional area, pushing the car so you as a photographer "just" drive them properly for a a good result.
- What gives you ideas/inspires you to create?One day a photography teacher told me: " you gave to see, see and see, See everything you can, any publication, see your surroundings, new places, its details, and from there, create! " That's what I do.
- How long have you been a photographer?
I am photographer since 12 years ago.
- Why the change from journalist to fashion?
Without doubt, work in the magazine Para ti release all my energy I had to photograph models. I used to watch fashion magazines and in the internet look for the works of Avedon, Newton, Penn, Testino, Vallhonrat, Demarchelier, Weber and more.
- How would you describe your xstyle?
I don't think in xstyles at the moment of photograph. Some colleagues tell me my photography is like this or like that... I think that one photograph is the results of many factors playing between them and they are not the same all the time. Two photographs cannot be the same. There is always something that change, you cannot repeat yourself even if you look for it or want it. Simply I am not a believer of "xstyles". One day the photo come out in one way and another day in other.
- What photographers you like or admire?For now the photographers already mentioned. In fact I am forgetting some, but the above mentioned are my Axis.
- How important is Photoshop/post production in your final images?
I am not a purist, Photoshop is an important tool in my work, without doubt. And not to denigrate it, because to date, has many detractors. I use it and period. On fashion it is essential. You must have an excellent retoucher who understands your work and known how to use Photoshop to the extent that complements your effort. I do not agree with it's abuse.
- In your work, how much is your idea and how much the client idea/ concept?
The advertising works are the results of many ideas from many people. Whether you have less or more participation in the final idea, at the end, everything ends up being in your hands. This medium is very competitive and you are always looking for the wrongly called "original idea" that the end is the same that someone else already did but using different ingredients. In the advertising media is impossible that the final idea comes from one person.
- How much freedom you had at beginning of your career and how much now?
At the beginning at had more freedom! ha ha, because my clients were small firms. Now my clients have a series or parameters I must follow but still have a quote of freedom.
- In the Peruvian market, based in your experience what is the percent of freedom?
How do you keep your ideas fresh and originals when working mostly for the Lima market?
Lima and Peru are conservative. But is not about create controversy making a photo that will catch all the attention. I am not worried for that. I am only looking for when working and when I looking at my photos is first to feel personal satisfaction then the rest, despite that may sound selfish. If that happen I am happy.
- Peru has a diverse geography to exploit as locations, Why do think they are not and why is so centered in Lima?
It is a matter of budget. All is based on that. Advertising in expensive and if you have to add moving a group of people to a remote location it implies more money and logistic. It is done but not so often.
- How important is your team to get the final image? Are they still the same from years ago?Without them I cannot do nothing. Most of them are the same.
- How big is your team?Around 12 people.- Artificial or natural light?Both. With artificial light I like to work with one light when the concept of the client allow me.
- A photograph that have impacted you?Javier Vallhonrat.
- Are you satisfied as photographer?I am satisfied with many photos I have taken. But I have much more to do yet
- Interested in try video due to now the cameras offer that option too?I have done some shoots as tests but nothing serious yet.- Do you have personal work?That is my big personal debt. I have many ideas in mind but I have not been able to make them due to time factors.
- A website and/or blog you visit often?Any site of any photographer. Less mine, ha ha ha.
My perverted mistress
angel of sweet pain
come to me
and fuck me.
My corrupted mother
crying queen of night
My beloved succubus
immortal lover at night
scratch my face
and lick my blood.
My undead girlfriend
pale pole dancer at sunrise
drag me to hell
and let me rot there.
©Carlos Lopez September 2011
With this interview I am starting a new section in my blog, an
She know everything, Guillermina Tipo (86). Capachica, Puno
interview to a Peruvian photographer and to start we have Morfi Jimenez,
winner of the Hasselblad Master in the category of portrait in 2008.
- How long have you been taking photographs?
Approximately 12 years.
- How did you start in photography?
My background is in advertising production, I had just taken a basic photography course, until then I was not interested to be a photographer. Is when I start to work on a production company when I realize that advertising was not for me, at least not that way.
On that job was when I saw work different photographers and I decide to start but in self-taught way profession because my parents had payed me the advertising studies and they were very expensive. I started looking for books and every magazine I could collect about photography. I liked photography because it was a way to connect with the images in a more simple and intimate way unlike large audiovisual production.
- How did you receive the news of being one of winners of the 2008 Hasselblad master?
It was a morning Friday, I almost delete the email due to it came by the name of the person incharge of public relations so I thought it was spam! Fortunately I didn't and I opened and I could not believe see my name in the official website and in all other websites and sites related to the competition. I could not sleep almost a week, I tough they had made a mistake. Ha ha ha.
|Moises Aquize (8) returns from the school. Maras, Cusco |
- The series of images that made you win, were made specially for that contest? or was an already ongoing personal project?
The series is called "Light from within" (Luz de las entrañas) and was made one month before the contest. It was by by own initiative not made for the contest, even I was thinking not to apply.
- How does it get started?
It come from a personal concern for the portrait. It was my first project and I decided to travel to Cuzco. I have a great bond with the Andes since childhood because my grandmother is from the central highlands of Peru
- Why paint the images?I always like painting, in some way I am a frustrated painter and photography found me in some way with my old aspirations and it allowed me to get closer to it trough colorizing them. I see in every black and white image I take as an unfinished canvas :)
|Fernando Uscca (26)|
- Digital or film?
I use film or digital depending of what I do. My portraits are always on film, I like the the strengh and texture that film give to my images.
However when I a recieved the Hasselblad prize they lend me the H3D of 39 mp under certain technical conditions. I use the camera for the book of the winners but after finished I continued working with film, HP5 Ilford and Delta 100 for my new project about on the Amazon.
- How do you approach your subjects? Do you meet them in the street? Are referred to you or do you know them?
Depends on the kind of project. In my series "Light from within" were people that I found after walking a lot. If I see people that call my attention, I asked them, I tell what I do and they agreed.
I want to clarify that all my models are aware they are portrayed and agreed by their own will. I have found very interesting people but unfortunately they did not want to and there is no photo. It is a matter of respect.
In other cases they were refereed by other. For my new project about Iquitos I am working in a quite dangerous areas of that city and for that I have made a contact that allow me to access to it and talk to the people.
- Inspiration? Photographers you like? Many are xclassic painters and baroque: Rembrant, La Tour and Caravaggio between m favorites. Richard Avedon, Jan Saudel, Jean Loup Sieff between the photographers that inspired me.
- You have only one series of nude photographs in your website, are you taking more of them? or are you not interested on them (at least for now)?Actually I have more but lastly I have not taken more photos, is something I have to retake. I like the female body in all its ways but is something I don't think have something solid to show yet, at least for now.
|Cusquenian doll at the agtes of San Blas, Cusco |
- In your portraits many of the subjects are old people, why do you think you have such interest in elderly? They do not show sadness neither happiness, what is your purpose with those portraits?
My purpose actually is get close to the people and portrayed as they are in a normal day without costumes, masks or prepared specially for the photo. It is my tribute to every day life, to things that happens while you wait that special moment and it can be sad, happy or simply neither of them. It is a tribute to the human being and its environment. I don't have any particular interest in old people, only in people that transmit something and provoke me to get closer, can be children, old people, etc.
-Can you imagine yourself in such a age? and how you would like be portrayed?
Ha ha ha, well I have always though I will no live longer than 50's so I don't see myself old. About to be portrayed, I think I have the syndrome of many portrait photographers that behind the camera try to get a great gesture or expression but dislike themselves be portrayed.
-Your images evoke nostalgia more than hope, do you miss the past. (childhood, youth, etc. ) would like have live maybe 50 years before? or in other times...
I think that despite sometimes I miss moments of my childhood and youth, I am happy with my life and glad to live in this times and if well my photos transmit that, a little nostalgia, is because I am very melancholic and with my light I try t evoke that. I am not into very dramatic scenes neither easy happiness or cliche images of postal cards. Life does not work like that.
|The Willoq. Happy Basilio Chami (41) and Benigno Medina (55) returning home after a party. Cusco |
Brno is a small city, but despite of that it has some "strange" attractions, here two of them:
First an urinary located at the faculty of arts of the Brno University of Technology. Obviously nobody use it.
And second, the hardest time looking cock, ops, sorry I mean clock. It is actually a clock sculpture that resemble a bullet in honor to a battle in occurred in 1645. It is located in the main square or better know as Náměstí Svobody.
Just some random stuff:
|And the happy donkey come to me and smiled.|
|A happy unknown animal.|
|A duck smile.|
Three days ago I added a new gallery to my portfolio section
in website, the gallery is a selection of my portraits of cosplayers that I have done in the past years while attending the anime convention Anime fest
in the city of Brno. My images have over-saturated colors, they are not “real” but my intention is not to represent reality. Anime and coplay is about fantasy and therefore in my photographs I want to show that fantasy, that unreal world of rich colors and fictional characters.
For me they are portraits of people who has the valor, courage, craziness and dare to live their dream at least for a day, incarnating someone they admire or like. Obviously some just want to have fun but still require courage to dress like that and go out to the streets.
Here some of them:
Last weekend I made a little trip to Slavkov u Brna
, a small town outside Brno. Its main attraction is is a castle
which unfortunately does not allow photography inside :( , so this post wont be about my photos of castle however after my tour I went to a restaurant to have lunch but instead of sit on the bar and order a beer, open my notebook and start to make notes of some ideas for some poems I had in my head. After approximately five minutes a girl come and sat two sits next to me and something of her called my attention, her ring, I don't know why I had the curiosity to ask her to make some shoots of it. So in my poor Czech I asked if I could and for my surprise she agreed, then I asked her friends who were working in the restaurant if I could make some portraits of them and they said yes too.
I am not very into photographing strangers but is good to surprise yourself from time time and try something different. To break the ice there is no better "weapon" that a sincere smile.
|The beer I drank.|
|The beer and my notebook. |
This images were, literally buried in my hard drive. I took them long time ago when I was a photographer at Carnival cruise line in 2008. During one of those nice and very few day when the crew members get some enough time off to enjoy properly a day at the beach. I posted one a while ago in my Facebook fan page and then again were forgotten until today.
She is from Belorussia and very pretty, isn't it?
Fallen Gods from the eternal dream
is time for human anger
and divine revenge
let's take back our ethereal kingdom
of lust and silence
let's gather under burned trees
and rise against the sitting tyrant.
march to the battle at sunrise.
Pray forgiveness to the Gods and Saints
you will deny in future times
and once in the cold battle field
if your hands are tired and clean
immortality will be given to you.
Beautiful slayers of purified violence
light the heart of the beaten warrior
and collect his blood as a trophy.
Bring anarchy to our homes
where despair can reign
and Gods with Humans can finallycoexist. June 2012, Carlos Lopez.
You! of hidden hands
and blond hair
come in front of me
silent and elusive
your light blue eyes,
will be taken off
and your corrupted smile
You! of seductive red lips and pale skin
go away from me
penitent and proud.
your tired hands will be crushed
and your purple will
You! of rusty voice
and heavenly breasts
knee to me
glad and submissive
your fragile shy face
will be burned
and your existence
Carlos Lopez, June 2012
Once I saw your eyes
then I saw your smile
and I wanted to hold your hand.
I called you my princess
and were happy.
We walk in summer days
and count the stars at night.
But the night became darker
and I could not see your eyes,
I couldn't see your smile.
But was not the darker night,
I had closed my eyes
and I feel very sad.
Then I opened my heart
but you were not longer with me.
Where is my princess?
Where are your green eyes?
I love you and I cannot see you
Please, to me come back.
Never mind if you
don't want to kiss me
or reject my hand,
I am here for you.
Because I do love
even if I am not.
Because I care
even if I am away.
Never mind if you
run far away at night
and at day close your eyes
to me and my smile.
I won't cry but fight
In sadness and silence
my hands will heal
your broken hope and skin.
I am a hero
and words my sword.
Because I care
even if I am not.
Carlos Lopez, March 2012.
Cabo San Lucas.
Send me your blind angels
I am ready to fight.
I know that your secret
is my open rotten wound
whose blood will bless our victory.
The battle will be short
silent and merciless
like the penitence of our parents.
listen our ancient prays
come to us soon or we for you won't die.
can feel your rising wrath
but this time, you will reborn alone.
There won't be a confession
just a chorus of heavenly warriors
sinners and saints, all of them dying together.
Carlos Lopez, March 19th, 2012. What left from a war between gods.
I cannot hide my eyes from your smile
and cannot avoid smile to your eyes.
I couldn't caress your tired face every morning
neither kiss your pale hands under the silent night.
It was a shy winter illusion,
an unnecessary battle of pagan Gods.
But I still dream with unknown golden words
and a marble silent beauty.
Have your green eyes cursed me?
or is my sadness that claim your name.
I cannot hide my eyes from your smile
and cannot avoid smile to your eyes.
Carlos Lopez, March 2012.
Hello, well these are just a some photos taken during my working days in the cruise ships industry rescued from my archive. Enjoy them.
These two were taken in the Caribbean island of Barbados:
These in Nassau, The Bahamas:
In Grand Turks and Caicos:
In Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands: