Inhabiting the light.
Veronica Ibáñez Romagnoli
12.11.15 - 30.12.15
Photography consists of freezing a moment through an image. The interesting thing about Verónica Ibáñez Romagnoli's work is that it makes an observation of time in a period longer than an instant. As part of his process, he studies the spaces he photographs, inhabiting and getting to know them and then portraying almost abstract fragments that take us to the atmosphere of the place. This operation transports us to rooms that we somehow know by feeling their temperature, light and environment captured with the camera.
The spaces that surround us are constantly transformed by light. We can perceive the different hours of the day through the changes in hue, color and direction that account for the passage of time as shadows that move between walls worn by use. Verónica stops at a simple and ephemeral phenomenon, however her vision is symbolically charged through the type of spaces she portrays: generally empty and silent places where there is a dialogue between few elements and the light that enters through the windows. The objects that are observed are enough to begin to sketch a story, a color on a wall, a silhouette of a tree or a lamp transform anonymous spaces into family rooms which are activated through shadows and reflections. We have the minimum information such as the shape of a fence as a clue to discover an architectural style. Other times we understand the proportion of a room by the way the shadows are projected on the floor.
By observing whether the floors are wood or carpeted, or whether the windows are large or small, Ibáñez forces us to place ourselves in a time and in a place. The economy of resources makes history finally ours as well as the places it photographs. In a subtle way these spaces connect with those that inhabit the corners of our memory. These images are only achieved by knowing a place in depth, and through photography they transport us to moments full of nostalgia, making us participants in a life we imagine.