Harmony between nature and feminine: an interview to the contemporary photography of Irene Cruz

The work of Irene Cruz uses the language of the contemporary photography to express two main elements, woman and nature, looking for feelings such as desire, melancholy or reflection.

Irene CruzIn the project Stimmung, the contemporary photographer looks into herself in the reflection of a series of landscapes that she chooses for this propouse, integrating the female human body with to build scenes that mingles the human with nature through forms and postures that mimic the elements of the context of the scene in which it is located. A context enveloped in light of dusk, a special light that gives the scene a mysterious aura.

Graduated in Communication and Public Relations and International Master EFTI photography specializing in conceptual and artistic creation, the photographic work of this artist runs between two countries fundamentally, Germany and Sweden.

How did you decide for complete dedication to the world of photography?

It has not come suddenly, always it has been there. I grew up surrounded by cameras since my father is a big fan of photography and from a very young I liked to do my photos, until it has become my main form of expression.

What hasn been your main leading references to create your work?

The books are for me a very important source of inspiration. Philosophy is a constant reference for me and usually I like to cite the fragments in which I rely to create each serie of photographs in my texts.

The movies is also another important reference. I really like Terrence Malick and Lars von Trier among others.

And of course in my field of photography, I have also preferences, for example Thomas Struh and Mayumi Hosokura.

Sweden is a recurring context in your photographic work. Why have you choosen the Scandinavian country, instead of other natural spanish places, for example?

Stimmung 14 Irene CruzMaybe in distant countries the exotic somehow inspires me in a special way. The way I illuminate my photographs is part of the searching of my “blue light “. Somehow it has become my hallmark. In Spain I also make photographs, of course, but the light duration is smaller and this is a disadvantage.

To the eyes of the viewer, the photographs evoque some kind of mystery, inviting to reflection. How do you get this feeling?

On the one hand, rarely I show faces in my photos. Although I think the main key is what means the word “liminal” (referring to a position of an initial stage of a process, or be on both sides of a boundary or threshold). I mean, are between day and night, between the tranquility and restlessness. Is not a limit. It is a road, a bridge.

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Stimmung means mood, humor, spirit … With this work you show a personal radiography in which you are pairing nature and body. It is the human figure that gives meaning to the landscape following the idea of ​​Ritter. Could you explain how this project born?

The idea of ​​this series began when I saw the word “Stimmung”. I was interested in the amount of shades that have that word. I started reading the book “Philosophy of the landscape” of Simmel, and continued reading Ritter, and developing their ideas. I was excited and had my own desire of doing a project of nature and naked in my own language. As my friend Francisco Blanco said, “The challenge of any artist!”

The nude human figure is a key in your photographs. Why the constant choice of the feminine?

In my pictures I want to say what I feel, what I feel identified. As a woman I find it easier if you speak from the world of “the feminine”.

Stimmung 3. Irene Cruz

 The woman in different poses, almost never giving the viewer face. What do you look with this display?

Mystery, privacy, integration with the landscape … Making my work away from customization to represent universal emotions and feelings.

Another distinguishing feature is the light, a light of sunset, a cold light …

As I said before, I consider “my light”, I always feel very big attraction that light dim and intimate, subdued, serene, enveloping the stage.

What position today is photography within the art market?

I think it is a discipline fully incorporated into the world of art such as painting or sculpture. It is a younger art, but no less important.

Currently the possibilities opened up by the Internet are endless, what you think of online art galleries?

It’s a great initiative which I have the pleasure and opportunity to participate. It is certainly not the same to see works through an online catalog, which, for example, a photograph produced and hung on a wall. But on the other hand, it increases the chances of that share and see your work, just differently. Like everything else, has its pros and cons.

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