Conceptual Nature Photography in Shades of Blacks and Whites: Showing Ideas and Concepts
Conceptual photography of nature in shades of blacks and whites allows us to create works that are emotionally neutral. The viewer must decide for himself the meaning to give to what he sees.
Oscillating between dream and elegance, the photographic work of Isabelle and Amar Guillen proposes a new way of accession to the theme of Nature.
This duo of plastic photographers is associating the photographic medium with the digital tools to design abstract areas for the landscape.
Isabelle and Amar Guillen are going to begin a work of distillation of the photographic shooting by revealing what a fragment of landscape can contain.
As a result, these artists offer us the possibility of perceiving microcosms and worlds through a purification of the image. The photographic simplification is pushed to the extreme by the hands of the artists: the shooting is thus decontextualized of the environment from which it is drawn. Thus, their photography gains autonomy and gets a cathartic virtue.
Isabelle and Amar Guillen aim here to highlight the infinity of Nature and its indifference to time. The exercise of contemplation that they put in place derives its strength from a sensitive experience, from a deeply empirical and personal relationship with Nature.
Finally, Isabelle and Amar bring a beautiful interpretation of new technologies. The virtual is put at the service of a reflection around the fleeting aspect of the natural elements and offers a relevant parallel between a technical immaterial and sensory.
--Eric Patou (Patou Gallery in Paris).
An Opposite Approach to Emotional or Decorative Photography
In conceptual photography, it is the viewer who is the object of attention and who is at the center of the dialogue. We do not describe our emotions and we do not transmit messages. Our goal is to think in abstraction rather than in terms of photographed place. We do not describe the scenes. We try to capture shapes, textures and lights.
In our concept photos, we make sure that our photos are interesting for the viewer without arousing their point of interest. Our works become emotionally neutral. This is the opposite of classical photography in which a photographer constructs an image by interpreting the real world. In this case, the photographer performs an interpretation and the viewer performs a perception.
The conceptual approach is not descriptive, is not emotional and is not decorative. Our goal is to arouse the imagination of the viewer who tries to understand through a path that is totally personal. Interpretation and perception belong to him completely.
In our conceptual vision, creativity is not about photographing something new, but about doing something after finding it. We are always looking for surprise in the rendering of our photos.
Nature Makes it Possible to Create Abstract Photos
Nature allows us to create abstract photographs that challenge and make them interesting. It must have developed a look that takes years to practice. Our black and white portfolio shows photos where the idea or concept are the essential elements for the construction of compositions and framing.
It is the viewer who will mentally find a way to read and understand each image.
The Choice of Black and White
To be consistent with our photographic artistic vision, we chose our theme shades of blacks and whites.
Black and white photography is a photographic technique adapted to many nature scenes. It requires a way of thinking. A photo in black and white is prepared, thinks from the frame until the post processing with the computer. But black and white photography is also a philosophy that shows textures and shapes that cannot be done in color.
A black and white photo shows immediately the interest of a photographed scene. The gaze is guided by geometric shapes, vanishing lines, perspectives, the contrast of lights. These are the elements that will allow the reading of the message that the photographer wants to pass. If we wanted to simplify the subject, we could say that a black and white photo can deliver essential messages by going straight to the point. The color photographs make it possible to make digressions and take the look in secondary roads. Black and white is a creative directive technique.