A glimpse into a stranger’s life evokes a piquant sort of loneliness. We see them through the aquarium-lens of a city at night. They’re alone in their space, waiting for customers, cleaning after a shift, anticipating the night ahead. Within the cool blue light of their solitude radiates the warm work of their memories and dreams.
“My photography is completely intuitive, without premeditation in the motive, tone, color and texture that I give to my photos. Although it is true that at certain moments I obsessively photograph a specific theme, it never obeys a logical reasoning or an intentional aesthetic.
I would like to say that “My theme is memory” as Evelyn Waugh says, in his novel “Brideshead Revisited”. If I have doubts if my theme is memory, what is sure is that my theme is loneliness.
When talking about loneliness, I am not referring exclusively to the loneliness of being socially isolated, I am referring to a feeling of loneliness, a fragile feeling of life or human existence, which makes us feel alone despite or precisely because we live in society.
I believe that we live in a society in order not to feel or to try to hide that feeling. And in a society like the current one in which loneliness is denigrated, where those who are not social are looked down upon and those who have many social groups are rewarded, it is perhaps where the feeling of loneliness is greater, because loneliness it is perceived as a failure, instead of not only being a valid option, but a necessary one to try to order our inner world. Are not social networks the best example of community and loneliness at the same time? Aren’t we surrounded by noise, loud music, excessive parties and gatherings, all so as not to listen to the silence, the inner silence of our loneliness?
When looking at my photographs with a certain distance and perspective, I think they show that human fragility that I am talking about, that feeling of loneliness that accompanies us, and along with that loneliness, I think that some photographs reflect a slight look at time conceived as a continuity between the past, present and future, and perhaps also speak from memory.” – Juan Luis Payá Guitart
Born in Barcelona, Spain. A lawyer by profession, I have been doing photography since 2016. My learning has been completely self-taught.I have participated in several exhibitions, articles in art magazines and I have collaborated in the photographs of several books. See more on Instagram @incertagloria.