We have all become slightly more aware of our surroundings in the past decade. Technology has allowed us the opportunity to capture and share our environment, friends and thoughts with the quick snapshot of a camera. In the cacophony we call urbanization, we share our space with millions and billions of people who are both different and the same as us. As we pause and look around, we wonder if someone else might be going through the same journey we are going through; if someone feels the same joy or pain. We imagine a world beyond language when we snap a picture of someone that we do not know. We seem to think that with a snapshot, we can gather some data that allows us to understand not only the subject better but ourselves as well.
Nacho Ormaechea, a Spanish Graphic Designer and artist based in Paris, explores the narrative of his subjects and himself through a digital composite of photography and graphic montage. He mixes the principles of both fields to drive his camera. Every piece is a new concept as the unknown individual reflects a new message to Nacho. It is all a bit of technique and improvisation. It is all a little of today and a lot of yesterday.
>> Each picture comes from a feeling, an idea that aims at provoking a reaction within the spectator's mind. This reaction is likely to be different from my own, nourishing itself from different backgrounds and personal stories. My characters, anonymous people from the street, are mirrors reflecting my state of mind as well as yours. <<
Is the story that is told Nacho's or the unknown individual’s who is captured? We don't quite know but what we do know is that the transformation of the body and the internal graphic narrative creates a provocative connection that familiar to a bit of us all.