Graciela Iturbide – probably one of the best known contemporary Mexican photographers – got me into birds. Especially big black ones. Well, in fact, any birds, the more the better. But not just birds, but the whole event: me looking for a flock, watching it fly, watching it changing shape and direction… the sky, the landscape, the mood… When I stand still, somewhere in the field, watching those birds fly, suddenly everything becomes important. Significant. Like it means something I never really think about, but what is always out there. Almost surreal. Especially when shot in black and white.
“We only come to Earth to dream.”- Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide is not about the birds, of course. Her photography is about mysteries and legends and myths, which we, the people, are. Surreal is real, and vice versa. My favourite kind of photography – straight from camera, nothing is beautified and mistified in some photo-editor, but a fragment of real life, of natural world, is captured as it was.
And it was – magical.
Heart-breaking, overwhelming, peculiar, amazing, – and never dull. Extremely engaging photography. My favourite series is Frida’s bathroom. But it’s only if I really had to chose one. I like every single image, and every series by Iturbide.
There is a lot of theatre going on in her self-portraiture, but this is a natural state of any person when they are free to feel and to express what they are.
I want to give you a link to a video with and about Graciela Iturbide, so you will have an idea about her vision and her personality.
Notes to myself : magic is everywhere, so it should be here as well, in this tiny flat dull land… maybe I need to search harder. Or I simply shoud start loving it for what it is.