emotional experiences at the sea's edge
«In the sandy beaches, in the rocks, in the waves, in the algae that illustrate this book, we see Stieglitz’s “equivalents", Minor White’s “for what else they are” or the “more than a rock” of Edward Weston. What we see reflected in these images is not the sea, but rather the idea and the feeling that the sea awakens in each of us. Each and every element portrayed by Isabel become gateways to a parallel dimension, that is very personal but to which we are invited, where we can discover the sea of our dreams»
From the foreword by Rafael Rojas
Photographs and texts: Isabel Díez
Foreword: Rafael Rojas
Publishing: Ediciones Berenbolli
Graphic Design Layout: Isabel Díez
English text translation: Deborah Powell
The dreamlike essence of water
The plasticity of rocks
The ephemeral art of sand
Brushstrokes and colour of seaweeds
Size: 30 x 23,5 cm
Paper: Artic Volume White 170 gr. FSC® and PEFC Certificates.
Printing: Estudios Durero, España
Languages: English, Spanish (bilingual)
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
THE DREAMLIKE ESSENCE OF WATER
".......... Yet it is the combination of its fluidity and its optical properties that makes water the subject matter of my dreams. Unlike the book’s other subjects, where I started from a vague mental sketch of the aesthetical qualities that I wished to depict, I allowed myself to “go with the flow” when it came to water. This chapter therefore ranges from figurative to abstract photographs where references to reality are very diluted or non-existent ......"
THE PLASTICITY OF ROCKS
".......The silky texture of the water and its light accentuate the characteristics of the rocks by creating a twofold relationship in the scene. Harmony between opposites is part of the very existence. The static fuses with the dynamic, the rigid with the soft, colours are enhanced by the lack of colour. Those contrasts magnify the expressiveness of the scene and intensify the tactile sensations. Yet the water also heightens the mysterious aspect of some rocks as it isolates and envelops them in an ethereal setting ......."
THE EPHEMERAL ART OF SAND
".......... the ephemeral has a temporary scale of existence that is difficult to digest in the case of those people who do not want things to change. Think of all the photographs I have lost due to the slowness of my camera or of my reflexes! How I would have liked the waves to have passed over the sand without erasing its marvellous creations. I could have tried to take the same photo over and over again until it was perfect. But at the end of the day, I would only have one photo and I would also not have discovered how beautiful and valuable things become due to their brief existence........"
BRUSHSTROKES AND COLOUR OF SEAWEEDS
"....I have painted in oils since I was a child and I experience colours as one of the most amazing expressions of the physical world. Seaweeds offer me violets, blues, reds, pinks, yellows, greens and all their possible hues. And in the same way that there is a great variety of types of paintbrush for different lines, I have the different shapes of their bodies to generate different brushstrokes ....... The colours can thus be spread with soft, subtle, free, vigorous, translucent, impasto or juxtaposed brushstrokes, awakening very different sensations and emotions"....
.............Sea urchins, with their globular outer skeleton covered with spikes and their broad colour palette, are other dwellers that easily catch one’s attention. However, photographing them has not been easy. Part of their survival strategy is to hide covered by mollusc shells, stones or pieces of seaweed that, from the aesthetical point of view, ruined my compositions. The minimalist approach of my photography has allowed me to highlight the strangeness of its body structure. I also sought to combine two individuals of different colours to increase the expressive strength on the image. The photograph ends up being naïve and makes me smile. Its simplicity comforts me............