About Isabel

About Isabel

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Artist Statment

With my photographs I pursue to recreate nature looking for an aesthetic pleasure that arouses in me emotions with a healing power for my soul. I usually work in photographic series of specific topics, which are directly related to my states of mind. As an example, the sorrow caused by the loss of a loved one took me to portray ‘cold’ in Alaska and ‘solitude’ in Death Valley desert. Nature is my source of inspiration because when I am in the wild I can clearly feel my life energy. My soul, mind and body become joined into one, and I am filled with a profound feeling of peace and freedom. Anywhere on the planet where nature is well preserved is for me a special, sacred and inspiring place. My aesthetic approach in photography has been mainly modelled by pictorial references. My first visual influences were deeply rooted in my teens, when I developed a great passion for oil painting. European impressionists were then, and now, my favourite painters. I was particularly touched by paintings of Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. The list of painters I love is very long, but I would especially highlight the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, her coloured views and voluptuous forms with which I identify particularly. There are also photographic artists whose work has contributed in getting me where I am today. The first time I saw the colour nature studies of Elliot Porter I become impressed. In the same way, I was captivated by the strength of the wild landscapes of Hans Strand, the elegance of Charles Cramer or the intimate landscapes of David Ward. All these influences manifest in my photographic work in the form of plasticity, simplicity and clarity. I feel confident with strong colour and bold shapes. My images are charged with a touch of mystery resulting from the selection of singular scenes and a careful matching of light. All these features allow me to represent the natural world in a way that goes beyond merely describing the physical appearance of subjects. Most of my pictures are mid-scale landscapes and abstractions. By decreasing the scale of the landscapes, I manage to use colours, rhythm, textures, patterns and shapes to produce images that come directly from my inner world.

Biography

Based in the Basque Country, Isabel Díez is a nature photographer and marine science researcher. Since her childhood, Isabel has maintained a dual relationship with nature: a rational one that arises from her curiosity about how life works, along with a spiritual connection that emerges from the inner revelations that she experiences in the wild. The artistic and analytical sides of her personality have flourished symbiotically to give a body of work that depict the natural world through lyrical and evocative images. Her work is exhibited regularly throughout Spain and she has taken part in several exhibitions in other countries. She enjoys giving talks about the creative process of landscape photography and leads workshops on her speciality. She was a member of the project ‘Objetivo Pura Vida’ [Objective Pure Life] staged by the Spanish Embassy in Costa Rica to portray the extraordinary biodiversity of this country. She was Editor in Chief of the IRIS magazine of the Spanish Nature Photographers Association (Aefona) over the 2011-2014 period. In 2009 she published her first book 'At the Edge of the Tides', a monograph containing a collection of photographs through which Isabel shows her admiration and curiosity for the coastal landscape. Likewise, her pictures have been published in leading magazines such as Photographic Art, France Photographie, Profifoto, Outdoor Photography, among others, and have been awarded in prestigious international photo contests, including Nature's Best Photography, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Glanzlichter. She has also taken part in the jury panels of reknown international competitions such as GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Asferico, and Montphoto.

 

 


 

 


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