Artist Statement: This is the fourth episode of an ongoing photo-narrative project that presents street photography taken in England, London. The author shows his most realistic works so far within his pop style schemes. The series was captured using a 35mm lens to emphasize a cinematic frame of its constant elements: shop windows, plastic people, flesh and bones creatures, food, garbage, abandoned objects, and words. The pop approach is developed through the saturated colors and reflections. In Tales IV, there are common details with the previous series, actually, places, which are mostly markets, busy streets and museums, have been revisited for further observation and to study the passing of time in the urban contexts. The difference though is found in the straight forward reading of the findings, and the clearest intention that may come from the photographer’s willingness to be neat, direct and concise in his personal portrayal of the English society. Understanding art as a form of communication, he has chosen the path that is closer to reality, avoiding the surrealist puzzles viewers might expect of him looking at the previous parts. If some old tales were whispered, the new ones can be heard as voices. Realism and rawness can also be pop.
Biography: Seigar is an English philologist, a high school teacher, and a curious photographer. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons. He feels passion for pop culture that shows in his series. He considers himself a travel and street photographer. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, to capture moments but trying to give them a new frame and perspective. Travelling is his inspiration. However, he tries to show more than mere postcards from his visits, creating a continuous conceptual line story from his trips. The details and subject matters come to his camera once and once again, almost becoming an obsession. His three most ambitious projects so far are his “Plastic People”, a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, “Response to Ceal Floyer for the Summer Exhibition” a conceptual work that understands art as a form of communication, and his “Tales of a city”, an ongoing urban photo-narrative project taken in London. He usually covers public events with his camera showing his interest for social documentation. He has participated in several exhibitions, and his works have also been featured in international publications. He writes for The Cultural Magazine (Spain) about photography and for Memoir Mixtapes (Los Angeles) about music. He has collaborated with VICE Spain and WAG1 Magazine (text and photography for both), and some works featured in his Vogue Italy portfolio. He has recently directed a short film and video art.
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