Modern Man from La Mancha | The Photographic Artistry of Juanan Requena
The photography of Juanan Requena embodies the essence of pure creative flow. His process includes the now rare technique of capturing images on film and developing them by hand onto photographic paper in the small and secluded realm of a darkroom where the only icons clicked to alter or enhance the picture are the buttons pushed in his mind. To say the least, I was not surprised to discover that comes from La Mancha, Spain.
The Promise of an Image | Artistic Photography in Action
Busy preparing for a large exhibition in Spain, Requena gave a quick look into his world...
1. Where are you from originally?
I was born in the small town of La mancha, Spain where Don Quixote fought against the mills. Sometimes I feel I´ve got something inside of me from there and the chivalrous novel. After a lot of miles and cities all over, I am now based in Nauchipán, a tiny, but magical place in the South of Spain.
2. When did you begin making pictures and why?
I started because of a book and a place. I went on a road trip to the desserts, searching for a secret place a friend spoke of. Searching for it, I found a book full of photos and poems in an ordinary supermarket. I bought the one that was used and in the poroest condition.You can´t imagine how my life since thenhas changed. The book and its words made me travel. They really resonated within me. I wanted to provoke the same reaction in others. I wanted to make people travel, in so many senses.
3. What other artists would you consider to be inspirations or mentors?
I´m sure the list of artists that have changed me and taught me is much too long. But maybe I can list my all time top five, like in the film "High fidelity". In random order, they would probably be: Ed Templeton, Masao Yamamoto, Egon Schiele, Oscar Molina & Tom waits.
For more on Juanan Requena and his work, visit his website here.