New York-based photographer Albert Font and singer and artist Saara Untracht-Oakner are a clear example of the magic of meeting artists throught internet and having the possibility to meet and exchange a common wish to express yourself through art in difficult times.
I use photography as a means of self-expression. I make art for myself, to identify with hidden qualities of my character, to better understand my reality, and to express my interpretation of the world around me.
A clearer understanding of myself and my world allow me to explore fragments of life as an abstract form, and also to interact with people with whom I would otherwise not be able to engage. Eaten up with solitude and hopelessness, my experiences gift me with the unparalleled direction style that characterizes graphic poetry and delicate cinematography. My choice of subject comes from my interest in ideas about beauty, and emotional connections. I photograph people in candid moments in their natural environment to preserve that moment in time. I am inspired by the contrast of light and shadow, using the changing light of day to arouse the mood of my dreams. Strangely, color has appeared in my work, slowly and without intention, concealing the black and white imagery of the past.
The techniques and tools often change with each project or series; but the perspective, drama, and passion of the image remain consistent. My work can be recognized by its timeless and ethereal quality where the imperfections of the subject, camera, or technique are often highlighted as an integral part of the image. My photography evokes the passage of time. My intention is an intrinsic naturalness through a strikingly effective lighting that transforms people into wandering ghosts of reality in search of a meaningful existence — everyone seems to live in darkness, standing in a terrible bleak dream. Both the aesthetics and topic of my photos strongly correspond to my personal experiences. My art is a journey of selfdiscovery and self -expression. It is the process by which I choose to explore the people, things and world around me. I am fascinated by the subjective nature of events, how two people can have exactly the same encounter and have radically different interpretations and place different values on them. My experiences are both a source of pain and joy, my source of inquiry and inspiration.
Art is possibly the one thing that has kept me sane and productive throughout quarantine and during the change of the world in 2020.
My medium and focus constantly switches depending on inspiration, mood and what’s available at the moment. As a musician the thing I’ve missed the most about the current times is collaborating with people.
I think it’s a time when we are all desiring something. THE SUMMER OF WANT. Especially human connection. Xixu (Albert) and I actually met on the internet. When we realized we had mutual friends and I checked out his photos and I was looking for things to do I was down to get together and have him shoot. I think taking photos now more than ever is providing a way for people to connect. It also provides a sort of fantasy escape. In a new world walking around in a mask all the time, the photos act as a reminder of the past. A world pre-digital and pre-virus. I create because I have to. It’s the only thing that makes me feel truly productive. It’s a way for me to process emotions and feelings, a way to be present, a way to have fun and grow and share my thoughts with the world. Creating art has always been a part of who I am. Sometimes there isn’t a “why” to what I create. Sometimes the answer is “just because.” It is an expression of a mood or a moment in time. Art transcends life and at the same time guides it.