Most of my pictures are representative of my dreams, hence the surrealism touch. The rest are all my fears or obsessions…
They always say if you want a job done right, do it yourself. Lidia Vives takes this to heart when attempting to express herself visually. Step into her surreality.
A lot of your work is self-portraiture. Do you do this in a way of self-exploration, or is it more a matter of circumstance?
At first I started with self-portraits out of circumstance. I was new and I didn’t have anyone to model for me so I decided to try it myself. Lately, I’ve realized that no one but myself can express what I feel, so I’ve become my own tool and photography is my therapy.
As for the surreal and fantastical elements of your work, what significance does this hold for you?
Most of my pictures are representative of my dreams, hence the surrealism touch. The rest are all my fears or obsessions… but I don’t even like to say things clearly, I prefer metaphorical language. This also allows the viewer his or her own interpretation.
Which other photographers influence you, and how?
My biggest influences are: Henri-Cartier Bresson for the climactic moments, Annie Leibovitz for her composition and Guy Bourdin for his use of colors. They were the reason I started taking pictures and they still are.
There is a particular feminine motif about your images, is there something about this you are trying to communicate? A question you are asking?
There are so many women in my pictures just because I feel more connected with them… I understand them better. When I shoot other girls, I’m also doing a self-portrait again: I dress them like me, I tell them how to move and how to feel… and the most important thing; they are telling my story. Obviously, they’ll tell express my experiences better than a man. Anyway, I’ve recently started a series about men, just to break with the routine.
The bugs, they seem to appear here and there. Do you have a thing for bugs?
Bugs have always scared me a lot. If they appear so many times in my photos it is just because I like to use something that looks disgusting to me and turn it into something beautiful. That’s why they look like giant bugs, plagues or trying to enter into my mouth.
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