Dec 01, 2016
Antonio is a Spanish photographer and engineer who focuses his photographic work on concerts and skateboarding, however for his personal projects Antonio likes to experiment with alternative processes. An example of this is the series presented here, which depicts in an atemporal way some fascinating scenes of Iceland. Observing at these images makes us recall the photographs of the explorers of the XIX Century, precisely because of the atemporality of the photo processes used and because of the untouched landscapes that one can still find in Iceland.
Next we present an interview that we had with Antonio:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
AT - Hi, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful magazine. My name is Antonio Fraidías Hidalgo and I´m from Cádiz, a little city in southwestern Andalucía, Spain. I studied Marine Engineering and I’ve worked as Chief Engineer in a coastguard ship for the past eight years.
am - How did you start in photography?
AT - When I was in high school I did a workshop on analog photography. I remember that we had an old Zenit for fifteen kids, but it was fun and in the end all of us learned how to shoot and control the camera, and we developed our very first black and white roll. After this, I started messing around with my dad´s old Yashica FX-3 (still one of my favourite 35mm SLR). Later, as many others, I had the money to buy my first DSLR and photography became a very important part of my life. My professional work focuses on concert and skateboarding photography. During this time I have taken photos of some of my favourite bands and amazing athletes but I’ve always kept analog photography for my own, collecting old cameras and, since long time ago, developing my black and white film at home. Now, for my personal analog work I mostly use an Arca Swiss large format camera, a Mamiya 645 and some 35mm SLR´s (Nikon F601, Yashica FX-3).
am - What inspires your work?
AT - Icelandic landscapes are awe-inspinring. Before going there I saw tons of beautiful pictures on the internet but almost only in color, so I decided to shoot black and white and use alternative processes, like direct positive paper, to achieve a nostalgic and atemporal look.
am - What was your most memorable experience in Iceland?
AT - I remember waking up before dawn to be alone in some locations. For example I walked a few hours while the sun was raising, listening to music on my headphones in the middle of nothing, to reach a crashed U.S. Navy aircraft abandoned on a beach 40 years ago.
am - Who are your favourite photographers?
AT - I enjoy a lot of different photographers. Classics like the magic eye of Cartier-Bresson or the perfect black and white of Ansel Adams. Street photographers like the spontaneous Bruce Gilden or Philip-Lorca diCorcia who use remote flash lights to modify natural light and create a unique cinematographic feeling. Furthermore, and totally opposed to my style, I love the big movie-like super productions of photographers like David Lachapelle or Gregory Crewdson. I am also a big fan of the skateboarding photographer J. Grant Brittain and for concert photos I choose Glen E. Friedman, who shows the early American hardcore/punk scene like no one.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
AT - This is a difficult question. I will answer in Spanish: “no lo sé” [I don’t know]. Sorry ;)
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
AT - Music is very important for me. I´m a vinyl freak and a fan of live music. I try to go to all the concerts that I can. I have some musical projects as well, playing bass in a band (iammulder.bandcamp.com) and experimenting with synths and electronics. I´m always trying to be creative and self taught.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
AT - In my teens I was really into hardcore/punk music. As a result of that, one of my all time favourite bands is Fugazi. While writing this interview I am listening the new album of my friend´s band GUERRERA, amazing experimental/psychodelic rock. (guerrera.bandcamp.com)
am - What’s your favourite movie?
AT - I love filmmakers like Tarantino, Wes Anderson or Tim Burtom. Maybe the movie that I have seen the most is Pulp Fiction.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
AT - Girl with Curious Hair a storybook by David Foster Wallace.