“I consider myself an urban person. I was born in Madrid and the city has always been the environment where I liked living”, said Ángel Castillo Perona. Therefore, the streets of any city or village are the focus of his photography. It’s difficult to define the genre of Perona’s photos, but he thinks it reflects the essence of street photography. What special here is, people are not the focus, but rather the urban or natural elements that are part of the ‘furniture’ of any city: a building, a fountain, a lamppost, a carrousel, a tree, etc.
It took him almost ten years to find a satisfactory visual language that would combine his passion for this medium with Impressionist painting. Thanks to the multiple exposure technique in camera (and not relying on software manipulation), he has been able to create a type of photographic art that emulates that impressionist effect of the paintings.
His work portrays those elements of the city that catch his eyes and that he transform directly in his camera, romanticizing the setting that he observes and turning them into an idea or impression of it. Ángel does not capture a single moment, as a single photo would, but a set of few moments that go on one after the other. Eventually, those layers of moments become just one, creating a dimension of that scene by registering different angles of the urban element as well as capturing the movement, light, color, and people who could pass by at that time.
There is a lot of reality in these pictures, although it appears transformed in the eyes of any viewer. His work depicts a world with no troubles, full of relaxed radiance and glowing colors and light, providing an intriguing perspective that blurs the line between photography and impressionist oil painting.
“My work depicts a world with no troubles, full of relaxed radiance and glowing colors and light providing an intriguing perspective that blurs the line between photography and impressionist oil painting.”
“My photography portrays those elements of the city that catch my eye and that I transform directly in my camera, romanticizing the setting that I observe and turning them into an idea or impression of it.”
Ángel Castillo Perona was born in Madrid in 1975. He is a Spanish civil servant with a degree in law. He has been very passionate about photography for more than 10 years, and that love affair goes on.
A self-taught photographer, for three years, he had studied, experimented, and eventually mastered the technique of multiple exposures in-camera, and it became his almost only way to photograph. Ángel finds his inspiration in the beauty of natural elements in urban settings, which are often over-looked and missed by city dwellers rushing past. However, it was a long journey to where he is now.
He could not remember how it started, but the key moment for the development of his photography affair would be the purchase of his first Nikon D90 reflex camera, which allows him to plunge in a more serious and refined photography job. The first 7 years were the struggle of finding his own style and thematic subjects. Then everything came naturally. A bunch of casual and personal situations such as the discovery of the multiple exposure technique, the visit to the d’Orsay museum in Paris, and having gone through a tough midlife crisis, set him on the path to what his photography has become nowadays.
- 15-18 October 2020 Barge House Gallery in London – OXO Tower Wharf – Group Show organised by Artfullframe
- 15-19 October 2020 – Runner up to be exhibited in Barcelona in the VALID WORLD HALL as part of a selected art work, organised by The ArtBox Gallery
- 7-9 February 2020 – Carte de Visite, Brussels. Group exhibition of 290 artists organised by the Brussels City Ministry of Culture, presenting three photographs of my Impressions series.
- 31st January 2020 – Visión Ultravioleta Gallery in Madrid. Participation in a exhibition by all the artists selected to be part of the book ‘Emergentes1-La Ciudad’.
- December 2019 – “Emergentes1 – La Ciudad“. Selected from among 150 emerging artists with the picture ‘Life and Death’ to be part of the book created by Fran García where 24 artists from different disciplines illustrate and relate what The City means as part of where we live. The book was launched on 30th January 2020 in La Casa del Libro, Gran Via, Madrid.
- September-November 2019 – “Impressions and Contrasts”. A dedicated exhibition at the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, Brussels, presenting 20 works. With this choice of works, the artist plays with the contrast among the urban and city landscapes photographed in a bucolic and impressionist approach, and a series of portraits, photographed in a more intimate light with vivid expressions, representing a very personal experience.
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