Untitled by Silvia Mogni. Zuerich, 2008
Hailing from Alcarràs, Catalunya, Llorenç Rosanes has been a photographic powerhouse in the Flickr community since early 2008. His photographs lend a very natural treatment to the artificial landscapes of modern Spain and beyond. Outside of the digital photographic world, he’s headed a gallery of notable Flickr photographers and is working on a second showing of social landscape photography.
He’s been one of those photographers I’ve always wanted to sit down and have a cup of coffee with… sadly, distance being what it is, that just hasn’t been possible. But I was very happy when we got to have a few words over e-mail, where we talked about his process, his growing family, and his experiences as a curator.
Lately I’ve been completely out of my mind. The internet is making me crazy, like the walls are closing in. I’m sick and tired of everything being so perfectly and neatly packaged. Perfectly manicured suburbs and bland, faceless everything.
Thank the cosmos for Ed Firmage. Just when I started losing my cool, when the photographic claustrophobia is too much to take, here he comes with his wide open spaces, his dysfunction, his unforgiving eye. The world he captures is the one I fell in love with in the first place: spacious and blue-skied and interspersed with refreshing absurdity.
He’s one of those flickr photographers that is inexplicably under-appreciated. His stream is full of the sublime. When I look at his photographs, I feel free of the usual motifs and kick-arounds that are so prevalent in the modern photo set these days. There are no skinny girls with doe-y eyes and too much make-up and too little clothing. There aren’t anyway zany colors, or perfectly perfect compositions. His photos are off kilter. They are so carefree, that each photo seems like the afterglow to some brilliant revelation.
So thank you, Ed, for helping my find my head again.
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. 2011.