Spanish photographer Fares Micue manages to capture her subjects in an intimate and expressive manner, where the figures in her images are conduits of her artistic expression that explores the possibilities and limitations of storytelling through colour.
One important detail to mention is that those figures in her images are actually herself. These are all self-portraits, dressed up elaborately to tell stories. In her spare time, when Micue isn’t shooting images, she’s writing. The two aren’t kept completely separate from each though. Citing her favourite author as Agatha Christie, whose highly descriptive prose helps Micue immerse herself into the writer’s novels, Micue hopes to bring this approach into her own photographs.
Framing each image with a multitude of props, used in interesting ways, sets the scene for the often stark contrasts between areas of dark and light, of colour and the absence of it. Combining symbolism with aesthetics is the fertile ground where her two interests coalesce. Each image should be enjoyed for how it looks, for the vibrancy it evokes, but more importantly for the stories it tells when you spend time with it.
There are no unintentional occurrences. Micue views the props as a kind of mise-en-scene, highly structured facilitators of a story. Otherworldly and dreamlike, the images have the propensity to cast a sense of disbelief over the audience who join the dots from their own experiences with art and stories.
Her photographs look to explore various aspects of herself; feelings like love and joy or melancholy introspection. Built on clarity and contrasts, Micue’s images integrate thoughts of ethnicity, femininity and their place as part of art. The artist, in this case, is inseparable from the art. Micue states that, “As a self-portrait artist I use the observation of my surroundings, personal experiences, and my own transformation to create beautiful conceptual images.”
These images are like snapshot visual novellas, packed with pictorial references that combine to tell something greater than the sum of its parts, “I want my work to be viewed as a whole story condensed in one frame.” Although it is her, she also sees herself as a muse in the sense that of becoming a vehicle for her artistic constructions.
In that sense, Micue is the protagonist of her own story, an enabler of her own understanding of fate. The photographs are like stills from a film, or detailed distillations of her own stories. It is this way that we understand the world - stories. What we tell each other, and ourselves, defines us. By taking her stories into her own hands, Micue can define and redefine herself as she pleases, limited only by her imagination.
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