“Tales of a City VIII” by Seigar

Photographer: Seigar

WEBITORIAL

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Since 2005 I have been working in this photo-narrative street photography project, in the UK, mostly in London. Being connected emotionally and also professionally with the English culture, I have tried to show this personal bond in a pop manner, because that is my main artistic influence. London offers me infinite and vibrant possibilities to my photography because of its arty, young and neverending energy, and all my fetishes such as shop windows, my plastic people, street portraits, food, abandoned objects and curious finds are always there waiting for my cam. Then I just need to re-visit the urban spots, the busy streets and the markets, and to push the form with reflections, repetitions and saturated colors.

This group is the most minimalist I’m able to be, possibly influenced by Instagram tendencies, however I still can feel my puzzle pieces there. With each series, there has been a clearer intention in Tales of a City, as a Philologist I have forced myself to communicate in a direct way and to send simple messages in my images. This group of photographs were taken during the last Christmas holiday and they show the innocent and easy pre-covid world. During the hard confinement conditions in Tenerife, Spain, I have been selecting and editing old materias from my past trips, in order to look for some beauty as a relief.

While the whole world was taking the picture of the situation, I needed to escape from reality, and these beautiful memories became my refuge.

Seigar

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Photographers’s Biography

Seigar is a philologist in English, a highschool teacher, and a curious photographer based in Tenerife.

He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons. He feels passion for pop culture that shows in his series. He considers himself a travel and street photographer. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, to capture moments but trying to give them a new frame and perspective. Travelling is his inspiration. However, he tries to show more than mere postcards from his visits, creating a continuous conceptual line story from his trips.

The details and subject matters come to his camera once and once again, almost becoming an obsession. His three most ambitious projects so far are his “Plastic People”, a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, “Response to Ceal Floyer for the Summer Exhibition” a conceptual work that understands art as a form of communication, and his “Tales of a city”, an ongoing urban photo-narrative project taken in London.

He is a self-taught visual artist, though he has also done a two years course in advanced photography and one in cinema and television. He usually covers public events with his camera showing his interest for social documentation. He has participated in several exhibitions: FotoNoviembre TEA, TenDíez, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Phe Gallery, Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos, Espacio Cultural Castillo de San Felipe, ULL Rafael Ramos García International Photography Awards, Tank Festival, Sala Fleming Art Gallery, Loosen Art Gallery in Rome, Haze Gallery in Berlin, and others; and his works have also been featured in international publications: Blanc Magazine, PhotoVogue, Dodho Magazine, Semi Magazine, Latent Image Magazine and others.

He writes for The Cultural Magazine (Spain) about photography and for Memoir Mixtapes (Los Angeles) about music. He has collaborated with VICE Spain, WAG1 Magazine (text and photography for both).

Lalety, he has been experimenting with the video form, he has directed a short film entitled “Víctor (1997)” and also a video art piece named “Hot Summer, based on true fantasies”.

His last interest is documenting social issues related to identity, in search of everything that defines people (hashtags and labels). Recently, he has received the Rafael Ramos García International Photography Award for his photo “Afternoon in the lake”.

Photographer’s Webste: seigar.wordpress.com

Photographer’s Galleries:
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