Identity and Place

Blas' OCA Learning Blog


September 2016

Background as Context

August Sander (1876-1964) is interesting enough and with such a prolific body of work that deserves a deeper research about a lot of questions implicit in his photography. In an age where Pictorialism still maintained a certain grade of influence, Sander could be considered, as long as Renger-Patzch, and Blossfeldt, the founder of New Photography, a variation of the artistic movement known as New Objectivity. Continue reading “Background as Context”

Historic Portrait

Between 1850 and 1860 there was a flourishment of photographic portrait ateliers in Europe and in America. The invention by the French photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889) of the carte de visite, consisting on printing 10 equal photographs on a single sheet, quickly spread around the world and along with the fact that production cost of these pictures was inexpensive, soon it was considered very fashionable to have such visiting cards. Continue reading “Historic Portrait”

The Square Mile

This is the first exercise I made after complete the course of context and narrative, so I felt a little anxious and nervous for having to go outside and experience the uncertainty of the unknown. I basically planned a first approach to this  exercise consisting in taking photograph of the places to which I’m related: the houses and neighborhood where I used to live, trying to include some elements that connect those places to my memories. Continue reading “The Square Mile”

Where Are We?

What is my relation with the place where I live? Maybe the fact that I was born in Venezuela, where my parents were emigrants, and a few years later, when I was 5,  I came to Spain, which made me feel like a kind of stranger. I didn’t adopt the Spanish nationality until I was 35 years old, so during all my childhood and adolescence I saw myself as N outsider, different from other kids and my friends. Continue reading “Where Are We?”

About Social Media Profiles

I don’t have a complete portrait published in any of the well-known social media sites that I use: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Flickr. These sites include a predefined set of questions, some mandatory and some others optional, in order to describe the identity of the user: general information, job and studies, places where you have lived, family and relationships, important events in your biography. Continue reading “About Social Media Profiles”

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