I came across Lúa Ocaña on Tumblr while browsing for some inspiration for my work. I find this series “Animal Kingdom” quite out of the ordinary. The black and white and the heavy amount of vignetting make the animals seems almost surreal, and oddly physically small to be carefully probed upon. Below is the Ocaña’s artist statement, the perspective in which he draws on while photographing this series is an influential factor in the creation of such “probing” mood in “Animal Kingdom”.
“I think I started taking photos eight years ago but, to be honest, I’m very bad at remembering the exact time when things that are now important in my life started being important. Photography is currently one of these things.
I’m from Vigo but I live in Barcelona since 2004, where I finish my studies in photography at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalunya). With regard to photography I’ve always been an autodidact, as I started learning photography way before starting my formal studies in the field.
I value my own experiences the most: my photographic world, my oniric world, my personal way of seeing the outside world… This is precisely the object of my photos. I shoot pictutres of things that I believe they exist to be photographed. As if there are certain scenes, landscapes, people, details, that are there to inspire me or to motivate me to start a project. When I find them I know what I should do: just shoot them. And talking about shootings, it’s easy to see me around with an analogic camera in my hand, as darkness and silver are my thing.”
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