Jun 03, 2019
Tatiana is a Spanish photographer and anthropologist who creates her visual works driving inspiration mainly from nature and the Japanese culture. In her Black and White images, we can see a great sensibility and appreciation for details, that reveal step by step the stories behind. In this way, with simple but thoughtful compositions, Tatiana transports us to a magical world of emotions, where our experiences can be reflected and slowly recreated.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
TG - My name is Tatiana Gutiérrez and I was born in Elche, a town in the southeast of Spain. I left my parent's place when I was 19 years old and since then I’ve been doing many different things, mostly traveling. 10 years ago I arrived in Barcelona, and since I moved here I have studied Anthropology and have been working in the social sector until last year, when I decided to focus on photography. Now I can say that discovering film photography changed my life. I’ve been learning photography by myself for the last 3 years, and I did my first project in April 2018. I did it while I was on a personal trip around Japan. It is a visual narrative about my own loneliness. In October it is going to be presented in "Lanuu Photo Festival", in Rubi.
At this moment I’m working on a couple of other projects and keep growing as a photographer.
am - How did you start in photography?
TG - It was almost by chance three years ago, when meeting my actual partner who is a photographer too. I went to Japan by myself – it is a place I feel very connected with, I’ve been a Japanese culture lover since I was a child, mostly of Japanese literature – I carried a Lomography camera and took some pictures of my trip. After my return, when my partner saw the pictures, he encouraged me to keep taking pictures. I have to thank him for showing me film photography, and what I appreciate the most is that he gave me the confidence to keep making photographs.
am - What are you most interested in capturing when taking pictures?
TG - I am not sure if I am aware about what I want to capture when I’m taking pictures. But I think I can say that I’m always looking for a feeling, for an emotion. Taking pictures to me means to capture a moment that makes me feel something and pass it into an image.
am - What inspires your work?
TG - What inspires my work is, without any doubt, nature. Anyway, I am sure that there are a lots of things, from my life experiences until the art that I use to consume, as literature or visual arts, this makes my work as it is.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
TG - To be honest, I didn't know any photographer before I started taking pictures. But during the last three years I've discovered many photographers that I really like, Shoji Ueda, Masao Yamamoto or Shomei Tomatsu. I can say that I feel very connected to Japanese photography. From other disciplines I could talk about a lot of artists that I really like, but if you ask me for one, I will mention one that I discovered recently, James Turrell. He works with light and space, involving the spectator in a way I’ve never seen before. I love his work.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
TG - Without any doubt and since I watched it for my first time, "A Clock Work Orange" by Stanley Kubrick. It is a masterpiece in my opinion.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
TG - To be honest, I don't have a favorite photo book, but I think there are lots of great works in this sector. I am so happy about the photo book phenomenon,
because in my opinion it brings photography closer to the general public.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Tatiana Gutierrez