Last month, we asked aspiring and established photographers to submit their best abstract photographs for our #Canonx10and5 competition. Visual artist, aspiring filmmaker and freelance photographer, Giancarlo LaGuerta did exactly that and won us over with his submission.
A perusal of his image reveals a semi-naked woman who appears to be blocking herself from something. However, it is unclear as to what she is protecting herself from, or why she is half-naked – but much of the art depends on ones ability to turn a plain image into an interesting one, by using various techniques.
We recently caught up with Giancarlo to chat about the art of photography :
When did you first pick up a camera and what made you get into photography?
I bought my first camera in 2014 but I only really started understanding myself as an artist in 2016. I wanted to explore fashion in my work, capture my own outfits and create interesting, eccentric characters that exist in their own way.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is one of my absolute favourite mediums in art. Film and photography are great mediums for creating interesting and challenging stories/false realities.
Did you study the profession or was it self taught?
Completely self taught. I actually think I’m still learning. Everyday, I learn new things, methods and styles.
What are you trying to communicate through your art/photography?
That is a rather difficult question to answer. There are a number of things I have tried to communicate through my work and I don’t think I’ll ever have a finite list of things I want to get across to people. I guess I could say something that remains consistent in my work is that I always try to create interesting characters and tell their stories as well as I can. They say a picture tells a thousand words but many don’t and I really just want my pictures to tell you something interesting.
What has been your career highlight thus far?
I don’t really have any career highlights. Nothing to run to mom yapping about just yet. Hopefully that will change soon.
Are you currently working on any projects/exhibition?
Right now, I’m trying to choose an idea to tackle for my next project so I will start working on something soon, but I don’t know exactly what it will be just yet. All I can say is ‘watch this space’.
Where can people find/purchase your work?
You can purchase my work on https://www.saatchiart.com/giancarlolaguerta