LENSCULTURE Portfolio Review : Chimeras & Totems by Giandra de Castro

November 06, 2019  •  Laisser un commentaire

I must say that I had so much fun attempting to find the "correct" orientation for each of the ten frames you submitted. It was certainly helpful to know that the images were made in camera and not digitally manipulated. You are turning water into specimens--they seem to be organisms in the manner in which you are exploring them. I think the title "Chimera" is so accurate both to the aesthetics of the images in the series, and accurate to the notion that bodies of water are living entities that further support life in the global sense. If you cannot tell, I think you've done a fine job of linking the beautiful imagery to the ideas and concept that pulse through the series.

In terms of technical issues, I think this work is highly resolved and professional from one image to the next. I enjoy how you've transformed these water and landscapes into creatures. I see faces and bodies in each one. I see how a volume of water is amassed into a solitary being. It's really quite special. The images have a psychological component to them because they look like Rorschach tests. They have the totem and chimera aspects as well, of course. They also remind me of photographs of bugs and organisms seen through the lens of a microscope. I see a lot of different types of work as a reviewer for LensCulture, but I must say that I was delighted by a project that is so conceptually rich and aesthetically different from really anything I've seen before. Your project is simply a delight for these reasons.

 


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