Something Personal is a collection of brief reminiscences and opinions I tried to put them sequenced. I failed. I lose the chronological order of experiences and ideas.
Nevertheless, I decided to write them down just as exercises to keep my mind healthy. Besides memoirs and remembrances, I’ll include descriptions of new projects, so I hope this blog would be a helpful tool to motivate me to finish what I’d started.
Photography: between science, art and technique.
Art has more to do with doubt than with certainty. Therefore, it is often confronted with science, whose objective is to obtain irrefutable evidence. Science approaches art when the scientist does not take the facts for granted and speculates [...]
On drawing with light
Writing and drawing are activities performed with the hands. The eye, intuition and inspiration guide, but ultimately the hands made the image according to the manipulation of instruments or materials. If photography is to write or draw with light, [...]
Time in photography
Time in photography is not so much in shooting or crafting, but in the very small shock that some images arouse, or in the extended fascination of wanting to contemplate them over and over again even knowing that there is [...]
Cartographies of an
This ship had been sailing for more than three decades and today, (April 2020), it’s the first time that this solitaire and absentminded sailor decided to make records, some retrospective and some recent ones. Chaotic, absurd tales from here, there, nowhere… And also brief descriptions of his imaginary sailings.
Just think of the logbook written by the captain of the Flying Dutchman: ghostly notes, vanishing details, words and pictures to be read and seen by wandering spirits, or perhaps by… you? Welcome aboard!
ROPES, NETS AND KNOTS
For this sailor his mission is not only to navigate, but also to create the nets that make possible the sustenance during navigation, building meshes of different plots. The multiple threads that intersect make up a grid that shows [...]
Rituals of a sailor
Sometimes there is a kind of spirit of Thanatos wandering around the board, wanting to take me to his domains, and I ignore the internal voices that advise me not to fall into temptations, to preserve health to undertake [...]
In the open sea (When I’m creating)
One unfolds the sails according to the wind, moderates the tensions of the ropes and relies on mirages. Offshore, with the surrounding horizon line dividing two planes, the senses become lethargic. Nothing new can be expected from the anodyne [...]
From the notebooks of Roger Ferib
On how these notebooks came to me.
A good friend of mine, the owner of one of the most emblematic bookstores in Montevideo, and who knew about my love for Photography, gifted me a collection of personal diaries and manuscripts with some pages in Spanish and other ones in English, that contained drawings, old photographs, sketches, poems, short paragraphs, signs that seemed to be part of languages I don’t know, dates, history data and maps of places I can’t recognize, among other documents and narrations.
The name of Roger Ferib is in the first page of each notebook, some of them made of wads of yellowish sheets, and some hand-sewn.
May be, the same as me, he was the heir of old documents, tales and images of anonymous ancestors. Having a not better idea, I present these records under the title “From the notebooks of Roger Ferib”.
Meetings of Roger Ferib with Photography – 1
"From what I did, most of it was lost. There are records of recent years: manuscripts, maps and sketches of my pilgrimage, and some ideas that arose when I came into contact with a recently invented technique: photography. Over [...]
2 – Ink writing
The ink-writings are the most frequent writing method used in those pages, although graphite and faded pigments made part of that disordered compilation of images and words. I have no intention to put them in chronological order; I’m just picking texts and [...]