A couple of weeks ago I attended to Alberte A.Pereira’s exhibition “Fragmentos” held by DinamoCoworking, where I came across with this Spanish street photographer, who skilfully manages the concept of presence/ausence on his body of work.
Awarded with several international recognitions lately (Lensculture, StreetFoto San Francisco, London Photo Festival, etc..), he is an active practitioner who, in addition to his running projects, develops an intense career, taking part in photography workshops and courses, and keeping his own blog where he shares interesting reflections on contemporary photography. He is also a co-founder of the website www.quitarfotos.com that promotes the work of emerging photographers.
Regarding his series “Fragmentos”, although the pictures included in the exhibition were only a part of the entire project –I would like to see the entire work as it is shown in his portfolio, showing the alternation between presence and absence that runs through the complete series- the chosen pictures represent quite well the essence of the project: There is a feeling of motion and fluidity built with the pictures of the pedestrians passing by that contrast with the stillness of the pictures that show empty places. I find very interesting the way Pereira chooses to include the human figure in these urban scenes: such fragmentary and anonymous vision of the people leaves room for interpretation, allowing the viewer to take his own conclusions and decipher the meaning and context of each the scene. The election of square format definitely works, constraining the space and focusing the attention of the viewer within the frame proposed by the photographer, which results into a closer and more intimated view of each scene.
I think that claimed sense of quietness of the urban spaces counterpartying the usual noise of the city is perfectly fulfilled in this series as the author states in his website. However, these urban dwellers have to pay the price of urban life, a tribute that devours their identity converting them in anonymous/fragmented characters transiting between the different places of any fragmented city.
He manages the colour and shadows through the series quite consistently, keeping a coherent chromatic discourse without dissonances, which gives to the whole a feeling of uniformity. The colours are fresh and vivid, reminding the intensity of the colour of William Eggleston or Dicorcia.
Post featured picture “Pereira watching the exhibition” by Antonio Gutierrez