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On the Different Facet of the Door

The previous performs a central position in all the Spanish photographer’s work, together with this venture, which he photographed with a Leica M-11. Navia’s atmospheric photographs come up from a journey he adopted in the hunt for traces of his childhood. In doing so, he understands and divulges the idea of “hint” within the sense given to it by Walter Benjamin: “the looks of a nearness, nonetheless far eliminated the factor that left it behind could also be.”

With this sequence, you sought to discover “one of many magical territories of my childhood…”
Reminiscence is a elementary ingredient of all my work. I take footage to attempt to photographically reconstruct the previous, ranging from the current. It’s about discovering, within the current, a sequence of individuals, landscapes, visible components, and so forth. This will likely permit us to create an environment which may show evocative – for myself, as a lot as for these my images.

Out of your perspective, what’s it that makes this territory magical?
I feel that all of us have particular reminiscences of the locations the place we had been glad, throughout our childhood. And for me, town of Hellín as a lot because the highway that connects it to Madrid make up this magical territory, outlined by holidays spent with my grandmother – from shortly after I used to be born, up till I used to be eight years outdated.

What was it that fascinated you essentially the most?
Re-encountering locations and sensations that I had all however forgotten; or which, if I did keep in mind, was due extra to seeing them in outdated household images, slightly than due to what I skilled immediately, again then. Additionally, confirming that some issues had been preserved, roughly as I remembered them; whereas many others had modified, radically. And a few locations I assumed I did keep in mind, even, turned out to be totally different in actuality. It’s only one step from reminiscence to creativeness. Because the Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes affirms: “Creativeness is fermented reminiscence.”

Your sequence is titled On the opposite facet of the door…
I took the phrase from a novel titled The Woman with the Leica, by the German writer Helena Janeczek. I had simply learn the ebook, when Matías Costa, who’s accountable for the Leica Gallery, proposed the project to me.
There’s a second within the novel when one of many characters says: “The previous must be stored rigorously on the opposite facet of the door; but when it knocks, there isn’t any treatment however to let it in.” I additionally thought that the title was very opportune, as a result of it was a venture sponsored by Leica; and the novel speaks about Gerda Taro. She was most likely one of many first ladies to make use of a Leica digital camera, in 1936, throughout the Spanish Civil Battle, the place she went within the firm of Robert Capa.

What occurred, once you “opened the door”?
Properly, as occurs so typically throughout my work, as soon as the topic has been freely established and the territory delineated, a thousand potentialities open up. Actuality begins to current itself earlier than my eyes, as if it desires to be photographed.


Your atmospheric footage are fairly mystical – what do you hope to evoke within the viewer?
After all, I consider that pictures, and artwork generally, ought to firstly be evocative, as you say. And it’s much more vital once you work ranging from emotions linked to the previous; as a result of then the work of the photographer not solely implies a journey by means of area, but additionally by means of time. Christian Boltanski, the conceptual artist, used to say that true communication is established when the sender and receiver someway share a typical previous. And, in a extra generic sense, we will see ourselves as many individuals who share sure elementary components of the previous.

Why did you {photograph} so few people?
As a result of I used to be very within the concept of absence. The work is as a lot, or extra, about that which is now not right here, about those that are now not right here; however, additionally, about that which nonetheless persists: locations, sure individuals who proceed dwelling within the homes the place they had been born, and the place they had been already dwelling after I used to go to Hellín as a baby (and that are essential for my work), and so forth. Even so, in case you have a look at the images rigorously, I feel that human presence is a continuing someway; it’s about working not solely with folks, however with the traces they depart behind. In my work, I’m very within the concept of traces, within the sense given by the thinker Walter Benjamin.

How would you describe your photographic method?
I at all times work in color, and within the documentary area. Nonetheless, my approach of understanding documentary is inseparable from poetry. I really feel very near the definition as soon as given to us by Walker Evans: “Lyric Documentary”; or, as Allen Ginsberg taught Robert Frank sooner or later: the easy description of one thing will be poetry.

What gear did you utilize?
Within the analogue pictures period, I at all times labored with a Leica (M4-P, M6). My favorite kind of movie was Kodachrome; and, after it was now not obtainable, Ektachrome or Fujichrome. This venture was photographed with a Leica M11, loaned to me by Leica. The expertise of discovering myself with an outdated and beloved instrument was very passable; it meant that I recaptured outdated sensations. I primarily used a 35mm lens; sometimes, a 50mm lens. I feel I’ll proceed working with a Leica; particularly, with an M10-P.

Please full the next sentence: To me pictures is …
a method with which to attempt to perceive the world visually, and to “communicate” to the eyes of others, by means of photographs. A marvellous craft that rapidly was a lifestyle.

Born in Madrid in 1957, Navia graduated with a level in Philosophy in 1980. His work as a reporter is the idea for his photographic narrative: at all times in color and within the documentary area, it coexists in shut relationship with the phrase. Choice of books and exhibitions: Pisadas sonámbulas (2001); Nóstos (2013); Miguel de Cervantes o el deseo de vivir (2015); and Territorios del Quijote (2004). Navia has been a member of Agence Vu, since 1992. Discover out extra about his pictures on the web site of Agence Vu.

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