At five in the afternoon

BEATRIZ DIAZ

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A las cinco de la tarde, 2014
Políptico (9), 218 x 330 cm

 

The photographs of this project were taken where nature is fierce and wild. I am interested in the mysterious contrast between light and darkness, the abundance of vegetation and the counter position of solitude, the presence and absence of life in one same place. I have carefully selected these places for their visual complexity.  
The work body is made up of several parts, one could say, episodes. The main discourse is the space populated with trees and plants, while the details appear as more abstract notes or annotations. I looked for places where despite using open takes, less was seen, where details had a confusing clarity in spite of being too close. In these images detail limits and abundance clouds the spectator’s view.
I am interested in the fleeting moment in which the landscape is transformed the moment the leaves dry up, branches become empty or when a plant grows on a rock. I am also interested in the time when lights start going dim and the photographic image empties itself until it fades.
More than documents of the places themselves, these photographs may be seen as drawings or prints arisen from a state of mind. Branches become energetic strokes without any order. Surfaces are summarized in a single plane, losing volume and concentrating in tones of black and white. I am not very interested in which place it is, its geographical situation or any natural preservation issue. In these photographs the landscape does not reveal grandeur or a spectacular nature, these are intimate landscapes that intend to resonate within the spectator.

 

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