Short bio: Darko Velazquez is a photographer and artist working in a variety of media. Born in 1989 in Cádiz (Spain) and after finishing his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Universidad de Granada (Spain) in 2013, he moved to Weimar (Germany) to continue his artistic research, what led him to obtain his Diploma in Fine Arts at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 2015. He currently lives and works in Weimar, where he also studies an MFA in Media, Art and Design with focus in conceptual photography.
Why do you photograph on film? Over the last years of my practice as a photographer I find myself more interested in the analog photography process after every roll I shoot. Setting up the camera, measuring the light, looking for the perfect framing and the time and concentration these tasks require have made me gain a closer connection to my camera and to what is in front of it. After developing a film, every shot that turns out good is like the prize for the previous work involved in the process.
What is your work about? “Since I’ve been gone” is an ongoing series of photographs which approaches the concepts of displacement, identity, memories and homesickness. The fact that I’ve been living away from my home city for the last 8 years has influenced my perception of it. This place which I still call ‘home’ actually isn’t home anymore. I believe the word home should be understood as whatever place a person finds him or herself living, sharing a connection with its surrounding including, but not limited to society, culture or language. That said, the dimension where the concept of home lies turns to be less spatial and more temporal. If home is compared to a book, the places would be the chapters which once read, remain in our memory. Many chapters after, our perception of what we read in the past may have mutated, since our mind can’t retain the totality of words that compose the book, just selected passages remain sort of clear, and other less important excerpts are more difficult or impossible to recall. In the end, these places are reduced to memories, which we decided or selected to keep in our minds, for whatever reason. The work explores the displacement between reality and memory by revisiting the places that come to my mind when I think about my original, first home. The remains of a golden time which got stuck in a greyish colour palette.