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May 21, 2020


Photography by Angel Carnicer
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Dive into a world full of beauty and diversity, a world of life and stories, a world that is frozen in time – and discover the captivating photography of Angel Carnicer. His passion for the art is evident in every photograph he takes, as his unique perspective helps to bring his subjects to life in a way that no other photographer can. Whether it's a candid portrait of a stranger or a stunning landscape shot, Angel knows how to make every picture special. He has an eye for the extraordinary and captures moments that are both fleeting and timeless. He has a way of allowing the world to speak for itself, allowing the viewer to be drawn into the beauty of the moment. Join Angel on his journey as he explores the vast, ever-changing world around us, and you'll never look at the world the same way again.

“Inept for order and academia, perhaps my style is to have none. I simply let reality, any reality, invoke me.”


THE PICTORIAL LIST: Angel, when did you start getting interested in photography?

ANGEL CARNICER: It was a professor at my institute who introduced me to the world of photography, at that time exclusively analog. After the Institute, I was able to set up my own home photography lab. My first serious camera was a Zenit SLR, a gift from my older brother. That lasted 4-5 years of self-taught learning. Other concerns and circumstances made photography pass into the background; so for about 30 years I dedicated myself to taking typical photos of family, friends and trips. I suppose that experience left a deep mark; because about 3 years ago I bought a Nikon D3300 and resumed my youth hobby. Today, therefore, I consider myself a novice.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration to photograph?

AC: I don't think inspiration is something to find, look for or wait for. One carries in his backpack a cultural heritage (photographs, readings, paintings, experiences, a peculiar sensitivity, etc.) and works with it even without realizing it. Sometimes the spark jumps and sometimes it doesn't. It can happen anywhere.

TPL: ​​Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

AC: In my youth I wrote poetry. The most I achieved was winning the poetry contest organized every year by the University where I studied. Fortunately, someone very special took Hermes' winged sandals from me and I discovered the pleasure of walking barefoot on earth.

TPL: Has your style of photographing changed since you first started?

AC: Of course, I no longer photograph with my eyes closed.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to photograph?

AC: Any place is good to do it: the bustling streets of a city or the calm ones of a town, the cement or the grass, the sea or the mountain. I mean, I don't dream of going to New York, London or Tokyo.

Seeing, with some exceptions, is natural; looking requires will, courage and learning.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?

AC: I am not a mythomaniac and more than favorite artists or photographers what I like are their creations. I mean, for example, that I like Goya's black paintings and his 'Disasters of War' engravings. However, here is a list where not everyone is.

Writers: Juan Rulfo, Cervantes, Raymond Carver, William Faulkner, and F. García Lorca.
Thinkers: Emil Cioran, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Georges Bataille, and Zygmunt Bauman.
Painters: Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, Hopper, Monet, Paul Klee, and German Expressionism (Nolde, Kirchner).
Photographers: Sergio Larrain, Cristina García Rodero, Gervasio Sánchez, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Fan-Ho, André Kertész, Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier, Garry Winogrand, Aart Klein, Daido Moriyama, and Markus Hartel.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a better photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?

AC: ​​For street photography I would like to be invisible. For another type of photography I would need all the time in the world; but I have other responsibilities.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

AC: Of course. "Photography is manipulation" (Hans Magnus Enzensberger). An iPhone is not the same as a Leica S3. This means your use will determine part of the result. Of course, this does not mean that a Leica S3 turns you into a Cartier-Bresson overnight. My experience is brief, therefore, the only thing I can say to someone who starts is: love what you do and remember, as Cartier-Bresson said, "that your first ten thousand photos are your worst photos".

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

AC: I don't work on projects. I only take photos. I would like each photo I take to be unique, independent, capable of conveying some emotion or idea without having to embed it into a coherent whole. I don't know, maybe when I retire I will try.

TPL: If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

AC: In my case, the last question would be the following: if you weren't working, what would you be doing?

Angel kicks the streets to feel that strange and healthy feeling of stopping time. He simply lets any reality invoke him. To see more of his photography please use the links below.

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