NEW REALITIES

  • Dates
    2021 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Contemporary Issues, Documentary, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature & Environment, Social Issues
  • Location Madrid, Spain

With “New realities”, I investigate the relationship that man has with the elements of nature. I explore territories where reality and fiction come together, bordering the border between the beautiful and the sinister and the known and the unknown.

New Realities 

I am currently working on a photographic project that I have titled New realities.

These photographs are the result of my way of interpreting and showing everyday realities: reflections of time, places and people. My objective goes beyond the image. Walk towards the creation of an effective and affective object. Sometimes I transform the image into an experience. What I intend is to discover the sensations that flow from within the snapshot that I capture and that, normally, we are not able to perceive. The reality of a photograph is multifaceted. The photographer selects the point of view, the perspective, the framing, the degree of blur and creates his reality, which is like a layer of reality that overlaps and interacts with the physical reality that he has captured, and that is influenced by the perception and experience of the photographer himself. But we must not forget that the viewer, with his or her gaze, forms a different reality that does not always coincide with either the photographer or another viewer.

For me, photography is not only a means to transmit and represent new realities, it is also a tool to investigate the existence of human beings.  With “New realities”, I investigate the relationship that man has with the elements of nature. I explore territories where reality and fiction come together, bordering the border between the beautiful and the sinister and the known and the unknown. This series has been divided into four sections or sections:

The plastic: That indestructible material that surrounds us, or rather invades us. That man abandons negligently and that, with the passage of time, alters its form and blends with nature. It is in this plastic/nature dialogue that I generate a new structure, where I stop to capture the image that I subsequently intervene. I use these organic and inorganic combinations and the different textures, as superimposed layers. I work on the interactions that are generated between them, until determining the final expression of the work, which aims to give a pictorial body to my work.

The Water: This element is recurring in my work. When my image-seeking gaze finds the snapshot, I shoot to capture it. I am attracted to light, shadow and contrast, as well as shape, line and color. I digitally manipulate and alter my images to highlight these qualities, often to the point of abstraction, highlighting the intersection of time and place, and the transience and role of memory.

The city: In these works I try to change the viewer's perception of everyday places in the urban environment, which, with the passage of time, have become transparent and monotonous landscapes. Through the superposition of several images or parts of images I offer a reinterpretation of reality that invites the viewer to reflect

Industrial Parks: Many of my photographs belong to this series about abandoned or already declining places. They are the reflection of the passage of time in non-active industrial estates where the human presence that once existed has been eliminated. Now, there is only emptiness and the remains of a previous activity condemned to abandonment. When I decontextualize these spaces, new places are created, real landscapes that stimulate the creation of new realities that invite us to rethink our daily reality.

What's behind this project?  My photographs are made with personal digital techniques. I always question everything to find new ways to interpret reality because there is always a space to experience things in a way that we had not considered. By adding layers of textures to the base photograph, like multiple exposures, I create additional dimensions, trying to symbolize in this way the return to the origins of all human construction or influence, generating superimposed realities in order to dismantle the first reality, the main photography. What I intend with my proposal is to investigate the relationship between nature, humanity and time, incorporating the textures and materials used.

Real fictions or deconstruction of realities? The previous reality, the current reality and the future reality, alternative realities that interact with the viewer's perception, inviting them to explore different dimensions of reality and interpret the image in a more profound and subjective way.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 9 / The reflection of the passage of time in non-active industrial estates.
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New Realities # 9 / The reflection of the passage of time in non-active industrial estates.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 4 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 4 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 7 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 7 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 8 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 8 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 13 / Some urban combinations.
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New Realities # 13 / Some urban combinations.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 3 / Some details of urban environments.
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New Realities # 3 / Some details of urban environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 11 / Interaction of waves upon urban underground.
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New Realities # 11 / Interaction of waves upon urban underground.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 6 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 6 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 10 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 10 / Some details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 15 / Details of natural environments.
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New Realities # 15 / Details of natural environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 17 / Details of natural environments.
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New Realities # 17 / Details of natural environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 14 / Details of plastics in urban environments.
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New Realities # 14 / Details of plastics in urban environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 20 / Details of nature in urban environments.
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New Realities # 20 / Details of nature in urban environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 16 / Details of plastics in urban environments.
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New Realities # 16 / Details of plastics in urban environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 1 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 1 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.

© Thomas Hoermann - New Realities # 21 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.
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New Realities # 21 / Details of abandoned industrial environments.

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