Photo: POOL MERMAIDS

Mermaids. Fascinating creatures.

Mermaids’ habitats are water shores. They spend many hours a day interacting, in some way or another, with water. After a few swims, they usually enjoy sitting next to the water and refresh themselves. They spend time absent-mindedly playing with rims and softly splashing the surface, while other mermaids swim around.

They sometimes lay down and sunbathe.

Mermaids are really difficult to portrait. They usually refuse to pose. They actually hide, escape, or politely excuse themselves as soon as a camera is withdrawn from a bag.

I was recently very lucky, and had the chance to take a few shots before I got fired with the phrase “Papa…! Sempre ens estàs fent fotos!! Que pesat!!! ” (catalan-to-english google translate, if not obvious enough).

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Photo: S.S.L. (SUMER SOFA LAZINESS)

It takes some time. And patience…

As soon as I pick my camera from my own lap she says ” NO “.
I then rise it to my eye, and she insists: ” Papa, he dit NO ! ” (Dad, I said NO!).

First shot. Hit!
But her fan is covering most of her face (except her spying eye).

A few minutes later, second try. She has just folded her fan. In my mind, I view myself being faster at raising my camera and focusing than her opening her fan and covering her face again.

Fast synchronized (trained) movement: Camera – Eye – Focus – Click.

Focus check (playback) on the viewfinder… She raised her other hand….!!!
How could she be that fast!?!? And fully synced with the shutter!!!

After a while of playful wrestling…

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Video: DeChromaMe

My short Film DeChromaMe was showcased at Loop Film Fest 2011, at Fundación Francisco Godia (Barcelona).

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It is a visual experiment on color shifts producing contraction or expansion of space (a side-efect of Wassily Kandinsky’s color theory, developed in his “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”)

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