“Exposure” is a black and white photography self-portrait project focused on the transformation of oneself, against the prejudices of the general society towards freedom of expression and to be who one really is without hiding before anything. The project begins with a naked person and ends with the same wrapped in latex, the naked reflects the facade towards society and the wrapped in latex the free expression. A bird is part of a symbol of the transition, it contributes with its wings to fly towards freedom.
We live in a society where everyone hides behind armor. We feel vulnerable and build a wall around us to not show who we really are. Sometimes, we come to a moment in our lives where we hit bottom, where we believe that nothing can go worse and where we feel immensely alone and unaccepted. A moment in our life where we feel isolated and sad. We crawl every day aimlessly as if a wave were carrying us behind its back and we don’t even realize that we move with our own feet. We wake up in the morning, follow a flow and go back to bed, repeating this one day after another. Suddenly, there comes a day in which we realize that we have already spent too much time. It is the moments in which we are at the deepest that give us the strength to make a change and take a step forward, either to drop the wall we have built between society and our most unarmed being or strengthen the foundations of that almost unsustainable fortification.
There are times when it is even harder to let go of our armor, because we feel that we have become even more vulnerable beings than we already were… at the same time that those same armors become a huge burden that we carry on our shoulders and that crushes us. We are crushed by fear. Ironically, that’s when we make our armor even more resistible and opaque. Sometimes, they even make disappear what (or who) we really are.
There is a universal law that could be expressed in these terms: the more complex a system is, the more vulnerable it is. They say being vulnerable will make you stronger. It seems a total contradiction, but it is not. All, without exception, we have shortcomings, weaknesses, fears and / or insecurities, and whoever denies it is wanting to believe an image of himself that is not very right, totally unreal. In the society in which we live, a “perfect showcase image” prevails, which has led us to a strange alley in which accepting a personal weakness is a sign of defeat, disappointment, or cause for mockery by the rest. Likewise, being different from the pre-established canon of what is called “normal” or commonly accepted also means an internal fight. It is impossible to change society suddenly, but we can do it within ourselves, modify those parameters and fly over that fictional landscape in which we always move with that armor that we have built. Only this way can we learn, join ties and become stronger thanks to who would say it, to our weak points or, rather, to the complex acceptance of them, of what makes us vulnerable. Only then can we find freedom and become, at least for us, the best version of oneself.
It’s about finding a balance. There is no one who has not been afraid of not rising to the challenge of a certain moment in his life or being rejected, we are very ashamed to recognize it because of the fear of being attacked. Sometimes, it is hard for us to accept it ourselves. Every so often, the perfect showcase image is also lived inwards.
The opposite of vulnerability is not strength, but hardness; including soul and emotions. If we harden not to feel pain, we also do it so as not to feel love and the kind part of life. Although society sells us the image of unbeatable, our way to happiness is to accept and embrace ourselves in the totality of who we are: Strong and vulnerable at the same time.
Project published in...
This project has been published in 42 magazines from 11 specific countries and other international magazines. In addition to being published in a large number of magazines, the project has also been featured 13 times on the cover.
2023 - The Phoblographer (United States) - Interview HERE
2023 - Le Desir Magazine *On the Cover* (International)
2023 - UnTold Magazine *On the Cover* (International)
2022 - Top Posters Magazine (International)
2022 - DOMINANTE Magazine (France)
2021 - Arteinformado (Spain)
2021 - Official Tourism Page from the city of Madrid (Spain)
2021 - MALVIE Magazine (France)
2021 - L'affaire Magazine (USA)
2021 - IKON Magazine (International)
2021 - ANVANE Magazine *On the Back Cover* (International)
2021 - Know Magazine (Mexico)
2021 - Fashion As Art Magazine (USA)
2021 - Dark Art & Craft (USA)
2021 - Comatose Magazine (International)
2021 - Féroce Magazine (International)
2021 - Vertiqlè Magazine *On the Cover* (United Kingdom)
2021 - Roidx Magazine *On the Cover* (France)
2021 - ASC Fashion Magazine *On the Cover* (USA)
2020 - Kaiser Magazine (Belgium)
2020 - IPA Annual Book of Photography 2020 (USA)
2020 - Philocaly Mag *On the Cover* (International)
2020 - Edith Magazine (International)
2020 - Opium Red Magazine (International)
2020 - The First Magazine (USA)
2020 - F.R.W.L. Magazine (Russia)
2020 - Magazín iLeGaLiT (Czechia)
2020 - Kultur Magazine (International)
2020 - ND Magazine (International)
2020 - TSYM Magazine *On the Cover* (International)
2020 - Èrotiq Magazine (Australia)
2020 - Iconic Artist Magazine *On the Cover* (Italy)
2020 - Imirage Magazine *On the Cover* (Canada)
2020 - Faddy Magazine (Italy)
2020 - Femme Rebelle Magazine *On the Cover* (United Kingdom)
2020 - Xpressions Magazine *On the Cover* (International)
2020 - Virtuosité Mag *On the Cover* (Belgium)
2020 - Dodho (International)
2020 - Prime Mag *On the Cover* (United Kingdom)
2020 - LTX Magazine (Italy)
2020 - Moevir Magazine (France)
Annual Prix de la Photographie Paris
Category: "Professional; Portraiture and Self-Portrait"
35 Awards - Thematic Photography Contest
· TOP 12% Best Photos
· TOP 13% Best Photographers
Category: "Eyes Photography"
IPA Awards 2020
Annual International Photography Awards
· Honorable Mention Award
Category: "Professional; Portrait and Self-Portrait"
Selected by David Clarke (Head of Photography at Tate), Amy Salzman (Senior Art Producer Saatchi & Saatchi NY), Paris Chong (Gallery Manager and Curator at Leica Gallery LA) y Collier Brown (Photography Critic, Harvard University), judged between a total of 13,000 participants from 120 countries around the world.
Blackstyle (Latex Fashion Store in Berlin, Germany)
Libidex (Latex Fashion Store in London, United Kingdom)