Angel Carbonell (Spain) has attended the PERSONAL JOURNEY workshop with Juan Manuel Castro Prieto.
He asistido como fotógrafo a varios desfiles de moda tanto en Madrid como Barcelona. Pero lo realmente interesante ocurre detrás de la pasarela. Este es mi intento de captar la soledad y la tristeza del mundo de la moda. www.angelcarbonell.com
Photographer and cofounder at Daylight Publishing, United States of America
First, I must start by complementing your classical aesthetic and beautiful use of shadow. Your photographs posses a traditional photographic quality that is not often seen today, especially within the genre of fashion photography; so, bravo on these formal qualities.
However, I must admit that I find many of the photographs presented within this portfolio to be quite drab. I appreciate the “behind the scenes” approach to your fashion photography and, when effectively utilized, the narrative that drives your examination begins to evoke a story that, as a viewer, I want to be drawn into. However, in the majority of your images, the narrative or story, is not unique or enticing. The narrative that does excite me, lure me in, keep me wanting more, is the narrative of these models when they are not models – the mundane, ordinary existence of the models. There are a few images wherein you begin to capture my imagination and draw me into a narrative that demands my attention.
From my perspective, the most powerful and engaging photograph in your portfolio is image 17: To me, this photograph represents a way of seeing that is fresh, yet still rooted in an edgy aesthetic approach to fashion photography. Furthermore, its success hinges on the use of flash, the “in between” moment (a fashion model during a break, perhaps, on a personal phone call). The narrative is about this model, as a person to whom we can relate, not the dolled-‐up “eye candy” that we typically associate with fashion models. I would suggest using the above photograph as a seed from which to grow and entire tree of photographs. Additionally, I must note that the environment within which this model is photographed appears to be gritty, raw, urban, etc. – it is a setting that is somewhat oppositional to the beauty, sensuality and fragility of the woman in the image. This tension is extremely effective and provides the viewer with a complicated and question-‐filled experience of this woman.
Who is she? She appears to be a strong, empowered, beautiful woman who is not afraid to exhibit her body; why, then, is she sitting on the ground against the concrete wall in such a rough-‐looking landscape? Why does she confront the lens with such confidence and ease and what does her gaze say about the relationship between this woman and the photographer? I encounter this photograph and immediately my mind begins working. The technical aspects of the image are not at all in my consciousness as the story is so powerful, and the photograph so technically seamless, that I immediately begin engaging with the subject matter of the image. I believe this is the most effective and meaningful process that can unfold within the viewer of a photograph and so I applaud you!
The story-‐driven methodology, coupled with your incredible use of the black and white photographic medium (further emphasized by the use of flash), results in a truly unique and powerful image that I would love to see develop across and entire body of work. Technically, you appear to be a very proficient photographer, for this reason I focus my comments on the narrative, or approach to examining the subjects of your pictures. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing where this leads you! a story without saying anything. Good, everything here is fine.