Futures Photography aims to aid photographers at the very start of their careers — granting them access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences. We are pleased to introduce the Artists Residencies part of the wide tutoring programme of Futures.
The first experience we are going to focus on is the residency promoted and hosted by Futures' partner PhotoIreland Foundation. Artists Luis Alberto Rodriguez and Jewgeni Roppel have been selected and invited to develop a new body of work during their time at the Cow House Studios in Ireland.
Angel Luis Gonzalez, founder and director of PhotoIreland, shared with us some of his thoughts:
"Luis focused on the performative aspects of certain Irish traditions, specifically Gaelic Football and Irish Dancing. With a strong background as a dancer, he surpassed mere anatomic studies, playfully constructing instead a very personal language, derived both from the spontaneity of some interactions and his choreographic experience. The resulting images are stunning and intriguing.
Jewgeni organised his time to visit the whole island of Ireland looking for aspects of Cultural Heritage in the landscape. Collecting a vast amount of images from historical buildings, cultural landmarks, and details in the landscape, Jewgeni aimed to construct a broad view of this country's identity, offering mysterious images and oftentimes abstracting from nature what of manmade there is."