“I think that a photo must convey an idea and it shouldn’t be necessary to explain it.”
García de Marina
García de Marina is a visual artist from Spain. He picked up a camera three years ago and started to make conceptual photography. For García de Marina photography is a way to play with the viewer’s imagination.
Interview with García de Marina
García, poet José Luis Argüelles once referred to you as a “photographer who knows as only a few know to capture things we aren’t able to see”. What does he mean by that?
Maybe you should ask him. I think that it’s because I’m a very observant person and I notice small details, things that perhaps, as fast as we go through life, people do not pay attention to.
You didn’t always work as an artist. What did you do before “inventing yourself as a photographer”? And how did you “re-invent” yourself?
I worked and I still work in fact as civil servant, because I don’t do photography professionally.
About yourself you say that photography is a means to “communicate my unusual vision of life”. Can you explain that please?
I want to communicate through everyday objects. It’s like humanizing or giving life to objects which we have in our daily lives and that we are not aware of most of the time.
Where do you see yourself as a photographer in ten years from now?
I want to think that I’ll be doing the same thing, but I don’t know. Just three years ago I had no camera, so I don’t know what my future holds.
What reaction do you intend to provoke in people looking at your photos?
I want the viewer’s sensations to be pleasant. Sometimes it can be a smile or that the viewer seeks a second reading in the message to be transmitted. I seek the viewer playing with his or her imagination.
What does a single photograph need in your opinion in order to stand out and get noticed? Especially keeping in mind the abundance of visual imagery in today’s media?
“…images that are out of the ordinary, images that we are not used to seeing everyday.”
I think that a photo must convey an idea and it shouldn’t be necessary to explain it. Perhaps images that are out of the ordinary, images that we are not used to seeing everyday. It is true that nowadays we are continuously bombarded with images on the streets and in the media.
Susan Sontag once said “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own”. How has photography changed the way you look at the world and what have you learnt about yourself?
“As a child I liked to play a lot with my imagination and now I can capture images I see in my mind.”
Once somebody wrote about me that I discovered what I had inside me thanks to photography. As a child I liked to play a lot with my imagination and now I can capture images I see in my mind.
Every photographer is going through different stages in his formation. Which “landmarks” do you recall that have marked you and brought you to the place where you are today as a photographer?
A very important picture to me was one that shows the reflection in a human eye of a large building, (Universidad Laboral de Gijón) which is in Asturias, a northern city of Spain. And the other was the eggshell with the footprints of a little chick right beside. These two images marked the beginning of my career in conceptual photography.
Last but not least, let’s switch roles: Which question would you have liked to be asked in this interview about your work that I didn’t ask? Please feel free to add it – as well as the answer.
I wouldn’t add any question because I think it was very complete. I just want to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to explain who I am.