Garcia de Marina
Garcia de Marina is a conceptual photographer born in Gijon, Spain. Garcia started in the world of photography in 2010 when he bought his first SLR camara. He started out by using his family and city (Gijon) as subjects as well as taking many photographs of landscapes in his region. Since 2012, Garcia started to use the subject in his images as a “means of expression.” He uses humour and copious amounts of imagination to create clever and entertaining illusions that combine everyday items in unexpected ways.
Describing his photographic styles as minimalist, conceptual, and visual poetry, Garcia says, “A style comes into play [using] the viewer’s perception, and where people can play with imagination. In this game I create, the viewer can be discovering messages that are hidden in pictures. Sometimes I’m amazed at the things people see.”
Through his eyes, the teeth of a comb suddenly become the bristles of a broom and a cork screw becomes a boxer.
Garcia’s compositions come to have this nostalgic feel, not only because maybe the objects he is using are reminiscent of our own lives, but mostly because perhaps, at some point in our lives, we’ve all come to re-imagine that which is around us. There is more than just a clever re-interpretation of objects here. If we look closely, the artist is proving his viewers with alternative observations, perhaps, an ultimate surprising escape to the mundanity of our world.
Speaking about his work, Garcia de Marina says, “They are very simple images. I try to create images that are easy to understand and that hopefully don’t need any kind of explanations. I want to make an impact, give my viewers a little surprise. I hope that they will inquire more, and do further examinations.”
Garcia’s work has gained international acclaim and he has been a part of many exhibitions across the globe.