Gold / 2018 / Portraiture / Other_P

SPECIES

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Other
  • Photographer
    Lucia Herrero
  • Credit
    Species represented in the catalogue are 17: The rice field workers, the unemployed men who spend their time fishing, the beauty queen, the duck hunters, the housewives, the fisherwomen, the firemen, the guards, the waiters, the bikers, the heavy metal local group, the boat man, the landowner, a young boy from the village, the artists and the police…I develop in photography what I call “Antropología Fantástica”. I portrait in a documentary and theatrical style, people or groups with fantasy and dramatic elements. It is a photo-event in which the actors interpret themselves.

SPECIES, is a sociological study where reality and fantasy get mixed. These images are the pages of a “Catalogue of Species from the Albufera Natural park”. Not animal or vegetal species, but human ones.I portrayed what I consider to be every representative group of that land. They have in common being inhabitants of this microclimate formed by water. Each group relates with this land in a particular way: protecting it, passing by, getting fed by it, exploiting it or simply giving to it their unearthly beauty as a present.They float on the water. The landscape acts as magic background: They belong to it and it belongs to them.The final result are images which style is marked between social document (portrait of the rural Spain) and a social experiment / artistic performance process.*(The models stand on plastic boxes placed under the water. No retouching).