LUIS A GUEVARA
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I first saw the Light in Santiago, Chile, in 1945 and started TAKING photographs about 9 years later, but it was not until I returned from Paris, France, that I started MAKING them. This much I learned there:
The way we see the World largely depends on how we see Ourselves, and vice versa, since the world and us are not separate but one. I see myself as an Artist, not as a photographer. I just happen to use a camera as a tool for Soul searching and Personal Expression. Sometimes I use other tools for expression that are not visual. Right now I am using Words.
Art is a combination of Vision, Form, Content and Craft. At the root of Vision seats our awareness,Inner Vision. My art is all about Inner Vision.I seek to make visible, images that only exist in my eye.
When we look at something, a stream of thoughts immediately gets started at the forefront of our awareness. At the same time almost subliminally, a, non-mental, bodily response to the Scene, arouses silently, creating a Feeling.This Feeling is like a reflection of the reality of the Scene, on the surface of our awareness, like in an Inner pond. Our incessant stream of thoughts creates disturbing ripples in it ,that shatter that reflection, corrupting it. Whatever is left of it becomes our vision.
Normally Vision happens in the Mind, not in the eye.
I like to put emphasis on Inner Vision instead; the product of awareness, and tune out any accessory, distracting mental stories that might be rippling through it. The key here is to provide enough abstraction as to avoid the generation of a Story. I want to generate a Feeling instead. Thus, by escaping old clichés I am able to see the difference between what something IS and how that something FEELS
This conceptual differentiation allows me to drop unnecessary complexity in favor of Nuances of Expression. If the message is focused, a few visual elements would do. If it is pregnant with Meaning, Less becomes More
I work hard on carving out all visual elements that might act as mental triggers. I try, if not to stop the mind, at least to prevent it from getting started in its elaboration of personal meanings. A Zen-like experience would mean I succeeded.
A Transcendence of the Mind by Centering on undistracted Feelings would provide real meaning, beyond a personal one. I try to extract Personal Significance out of the Mundane by focusing on a non-verbal, visual expression of that Inner reflection of what was out there ,at the Scene that inspired me, motivated me or that I resonated to.
When an artist succeeds in showing what s(h)e saw, craft becomes less important than his findings. Content depends on Vision. Form depends on Craft. My images really represent the Boundary between me and the Scene. They are not exactly about Me, but they are not about the Scene either. It is our Interaction that, ?a la Bresson?, is being captured. My artistic Style reflects that. It is in its combination of sharp worldly details and softness, that the Boundary appears, embedded in the nuances of abstract light.
I like very much to emphasize Light itself as it draws forms and shapes, and I enjoy most when Light and Color manage to become my subject. It is hard however to capture them separate from Form. Unlike Black and White, which is all Form, I would want it to be all Color, without Form. Only Light can do that. Beauty is a Light in the Heart; no Form or Space are necessary.
The Leica apochromatic lenses that I use, with their unique combination of Resolution, Sharpness and creamy Bokeh, are perfect tools to deliver my vision. I also use special multilayer blending techniques in Photoshop to fine tune that Harmonious Balance of the Inner and the Outer, to show exactly were my Soul and Reality meet.
It is there where my Impressions vibrate. Beyond it, Physical Reality begins.
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