Jan 12, 2021
Edra is a Spanish self-taught photographer with a fascinating raw aesthetics that conveys feelings and emotions without many frills. In her series 'Immram', Edra photographs an Irish island in order to travel to her "Otherworld", a place between past and present, truth and fiction and paganism and Christianity. Inspired by Irish literature, this series invites us to see beyond the images since each take carries a profound meaning that can easily transport us to our own "Otherworld".
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
EG - Thank you for your interest in my work. My name is Edra Galzeran and I am a self-taught photographer originally from Terrassa, a small town near Barcelona. I studied Translation and Interpreting at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and lived for 10 years in cities like Berlin, Venice, Moscow and Kiev. After all that hustle and bustle I moved back to my hometown and settled in a small village near the forest in 2016, where I currently live. At the moment I am working as a translator, but I have two photo series in mind that will hopefully see the light this year.
am - How did you start in photography?
EG - It probably started as a teenager, I remember always carrying around a small compact camera to capture, to fix all the vanishing reality, all the beauty around me. The tiny turning point came when I also started photographing what seemed to have no interest, what was ugly or strange at first sight. In Berlin, I flirted with a friend’s SRL camera and searched for emotions in cemeteries. Paradoxically, I was so intensely immersed in life that I looked to death for inspiration. I did the same in Moscow. However, I would say that I really started being a photographer during my stay in Kiev, although I did not know it at that moment. I did not realize it until a few years ago. In Ukraine, three important elements came together: a great curiosity for the country, a long stay and a lot of free time to wander around. And it was there where I bought my first SRL camera.
am - What does photography mean to you?
EG - It means everything to me. The drive has always been there, and it probably started when I really realized that tempus fugit. But over the years it’s become a need. I am so fascinated by light, by all the drawings it spreads, that when the light winks at me, I have no choice but to wink back with my camera.
am - What is 'Immram' about?
EG - The word 'Immram' is the old Irish word for "journey". It’s also the name of a kind of stories in Irish literature about a hero’s sea voyage to the Otherworld, a place usually located on the westernmost islands of Ireland.
My 'Immram' project is a journey to the Otherworld, to my own Otherworld, it’s a journey between past and present, between truth and fiction, between paganism and Christianity. It is my winter journey to an ancient, hostile island in the west of Ireland, where all manner of beliefs are permeable. It is the fragility of man in the face of nature.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
EG - The Olympus of the arts is very populated.
Some of them that come to my mind right now are:
Goya, Turner, Man Ray, Anselm Adams, Shirin Neshat, Cristina García Rodero, Koudelka, Cartier Bresson, Brassaï, Bacon, William Kentridge, Graciela Iturbide, Sarah Moon, Masao Yamamoto, Daido Moriyama…
am - What is your favourite movie?
EG - I cannot single out one particular film or director. There are too many that I love for different reasons: Tarkovsky, Fellini, Bergman, Almodóvar, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Lynch…
am - What is your favourite photo book?
EG - I haven’t bought a photo book for a long time, but I now remember three that impressed me: “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” by Nan Goldin, “Istanbul” by Ara Güler and “Small Things in Silence” by Masao Yamamoto.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
EG - Thank you again for inviting me!