DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
Deep in the jungle of the La Huasteca rainforest, lies a labyrinth of buildings, columns, sculptures and trails that take on the side of surrealism and an unbelievable architectural escape.
The location is called Las Pozas (“the pools”), it is surrounded by natural streams, waterfalls and is spread out over more then 20 acres of lush jungle.
Las Pozas was created by Edward James, and eccentric British poet. He was known for is patronage of Surrealist artists, including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. It is clear to see that he was inspired by these artists and created an surrealist escape for himself. The construction of Las Pozas took place between 1949 and 1984 and was said to cost roughly $5 million to build and required the labor of a small town. To pay for the project, James auctioned off his extensive collection of Surrealist art. In return, he spent long periods at Las Pozas, bathing in its pools, writing, and t...
A Neon Limbo.LIT
NM: How did you get started in photography? What inspired you to pick up a camera?
SM: Photography has always been a way to deepen and improve my gaze on reality, to split my time continuum.
NM: In your A Neon Limbo series- the photos are based in Bangkok. What initially brought you to the city? How would you describe your experience there?
SM: Bangkok was a perfect hub to move overland to Laos, Cambodia or northern Thailand during several occasions. Neon Limbo was born during the three days before leaving every time. Jet-lagged and late at night, like a moth attracted by the neon lights of this sleepless city.
NM: As a former resident of Bangkok, I have always been mesmerized by Sukhumvit and Soi Nana. I found that in just a few city blocks I had entered a new world. What was your fascination with these areas?
SM: Sukhumvit and Soi Nana are probably one of the most interesting and fascinating ...
The Deeper Meaning.SOLITARY
NM: When did you start photography What inspired you to start taking photos?
JJ: I started studying photography 3 years ago, I'm currently in the last year of my bachelor's degree in the field.
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was drawn to cinema and movies, so photography was just a natural extension of that desire to build narratives with images; I believe that filmmaking is still a big reference in my work and how I compose pictures as "stills" or establishing shots in a film.
NM: From your work, I see you mostly shoot landscapes and scenery, what is it about these elements you like to photograph?
JJ: When you start developing your language in any particular visual field, you realize that there are certain elements that give you broader possibilities to communicate your message, the landscape does that for me.
I think that the places that I'm trying to show are represent...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
Just outside Barcelona, Spain, Architect Richardo Bofill took a post World War I cement factory and transformed it to a creative living space engulfed in vegetation.