Experimentations between analogical and digital
I used a black and white ISO 400 film to shoot some photographs of my bro Jef as a model. The idea was to follow my fixation with pictoralism and the modern construction of visual male stereotypes.
After that I’ve put the film with water (today I’ve thought that maybe without water will also work great) in the freezer for almost one month.
I don’t have way to develop the film here at the house right now (fingers crossed” and work with Don Efrain at El poder fotográfico, an amazing lab. Carlos Bernal have helped me a lot with his critics and support but also being the delivery guy who take the film to and from the lab.
Ok, don Efrain, put the film on delay for 2 reasons: the risk of contamination with fungi for the films of other artists and also because the water made it difficult to put on the rails for develop.
Then finally the film was developed and arrived to my hands with a contact sheet -thank you Bernal, thanks a lot-.
This project is about male stereotypes and how they have been build in western culture with an strong influence of visual arts. From painting and sculpture to photography and mass-media the idea of a man is a social construction full of all the values and prejudices of a given culture and society.
It is an idea so ever present that seems almost invisible and we seems to accept it without think about it. For this reason I decided to look for traditional poses and use the mixture of analogical and digital procedures of capture and reproduction, as a metaphor of that monolithic and many times oppressive FROZEN ideal of what means to be a man.