The Age of Colour

Photo collection > Raül Maldonado > Barcelona

In an age of colour, Raül shares his monochrome view of the world.

I am a designer and photographer born in Barcelona since 1986. My job is to capture the maximum contrast of life. The white and the black, opposite colours, help to generate a delicious empathy of the world that surrounds us. In the 21st century, the age of colour, virtual reality, social networks … people continue to be attracted by black and white images. When I do some of my captures, I try to understand the light, the projected shadows, the lines, the contrasts, all gain much more force when the image is black and white, the colours contaminate this effect, make the person visualise other points of attention, but with the black and white everything in the image is representative of being protagonist.

THE WARMTH OF YOUR IMAGES,  THE MOMENT AND THE VISION, MAKE YOUR WORK SOMETHING WONDERFUL

 

 

 

I have two benchmarks in terms of black and white photography. One of them is Robert Capa or rather: Endre Ernő Friedmann, for me, one of the best photographers of the Second World War. He was able to portray perfectly the rawness and violence that was lived on the battlefield and yet it was beautiful, hypnotic and strange. The warmth of your images, the moment and the vision, make your work something wonderful.

 

 

 

JAPANESE STREETS DIRTY, ELEGANT, DARING, UNIQUE AND PUNK

 

 

 

Another reference, more current, is Daidō Moriyama, Japanese photographer of the 60s, with a view of Japanese streets dirty, elegant, daring, unique and punk. His manner of portraying the city, as well as the people who inhabit it was groundbreaking. The sexuality, the intransigence and the daring made him one of the best photographers of the moment, always spontaneous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is why, with these two references, I try to capture everything I see, when I travel, when I work, when I rest, when I am with friends. I try to capture the moment from another point of view, to capture the instant, without preparations, natural, since that moment will never be repeated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I TRY TO CAPTURE THE INSTANT, WITHOUT PREPARATION, NATURAL, SINCE THAT MOMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED

 

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE IS THE BALANCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, CAHOS AND ORDER, LIFE AND DEATH

 

 

 

Instagram is a door to a great digital photo book, it is like a museum, in which you have your small part of it to present your work. That is why, within this great museum full of color, false lives, cats, muscles, boobs, cars and food – I wanted to make known my vision on life. Black and white is not only a filter, it is the balance between good and evil, chaos and order, life and death, it is how the laws of the universe of life are governed.