Raúl Cañibano Ercilla is taken into account some of the gifted photographers in Latin America. Few others seize the life-style of his Cuban homeland as he does. He has spent over three many years roaming round each city landscapes and rural settings. The images proven right here had been taken within the capital, Havana, and in Matanzas, the nation’s second largest province, residence to Varadero, one of many largest tourism centre on the island. For these images he was working for the primary time with a Leica M10 Monochrom (Typ 246). He spoke with us about what evokes him, why he loves working in black and white, and about his choice for 28 and 35mm lenses.
What does images imply to you, and what’s your purpose when pursuing your individual initiatives (non-commercial ones)?
Images is a ardour for me. I’m continually impressed by the opportunity of capturing in a single picture habits and customs that will disappear with time, or that reveal the fact by which we reside.
What’s the largest problem you face when out searching for photos?
With the ability to seize in a single shot all the pieces I wish to categorical, once I uncover a picture that may change in a cut up second. Images could be very troublesome and requires fidelity.
A few of your work was revealed in August 2021, by Version Lammerhuber, and titled Absolut Cuba (Visible Poetry). Congratulations! What was your intention with this physique of labor, and what do you hope the viewer will draw from it?
In my e-book Absolut Cuba, we discover a collection of 4 photographic essays, that I’ve been finishing up in my nation for the final 30 years. It’s a very private take a look at my homeland, and captures my experiences and feelings. That’s what I need the viewer to see.
The place and when had been the images we’re exhibiting out of your collection taken? I assume it’s an ongoing, long-term venture?
They had been taken in Havana and Matanzas, beginning in August 2019, because of Leica loaning me an M10 Monochrom (Typ 246), and later a buddy gifting me with an M10P. The collection embody Tierra Guajira and Ciudad. It’s work I’ve been doing for 30 years. I work on numerous topics at a time; I don’t rush issues and I mature throughout the work itself. It isn’t concluded. I took the images you present right here with the Leica M10 Monochrom (Typ 246).
Do you stroll round together with your digital camera on a regular basis? Do you like “pondering earlier than taking pictures”? Do you propose the place to go to get good photos, and do you have got a favorite spot to hold round in and why?
I take my digital camera once I exit for a stroll. Generally I see a scenario or a spot that I like and I wait to see what occurs. I like images to inform a narrative, which is why I like that numerous planes exist.
What’s your particular reference to canine? They appear to look very often, and your method is sort of humorous.
I really like canine. Possibly it’s due to my love for them that they’ve turn into a recurring topic in entrance of my lens; although not completely. I like animals generally.
What does gentle imply to you? Evidently you solely use pure gentle.
I discover pure gentle way more attention-grabbing due to the shadows it initiatives. I just like the ambiance they create. It’s like one other language.
How did you develop your visible language, and who or what has impressed you?
We’re all influenced by different artists. I personally take into account that I’ve imbibed from the supply of nice painters, similar to Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt, in addition to from masters of images like Robert Frank. Ultimately, with persistence, you go creating your individual model and you find yourself discovering your individual language.
Why do you like black and white over color? What do you see as some great benefits of black and white?
I like color, I even see it; however for the kind of photos I make I feel that black and white seems extra expressive.
It appears you used a Leica Monochrom: was it the M10 Monochrom (which kind)? What did you want concerning the system? In what manner did it assist improve your visible language?
Properly, initially I used the Monochrom 246 that LFI loaned me; and at first it took an effort for me to adapt to Leica’s telemetric focusing system, as a result of I used to be used to the focusing system of a reflex digital camera. I need to say that by the tip of per week I had tailored, and I realised that it’s a really quick digital camera to work with, and the RAW information are of top of the range, with unbelievable element within the shadows. All this improved my photos rather a lot, and I prefer it. I used to be impressed by the truth that I hardly needed to do any work on the shadows in my photos, as a result of all the pieces appeared like high-quality.
What lenses did you utilize?
With the Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) I used the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 Asph. I typically use a 28mm for my work, however within the case of Leica the 35mm is best, as a result of with the 28mm I can’t make out the perimeters nicely. That was a battle for me, as a result of I need the adverse to be as full as potential with the picture I see. I keep away from the looks of parts that I didn’t see in the mean time of taking pictures. In distinction, the 35mm labored very nicely for me. That element concerning the 28mm lens additionally occurs for me with the M10P. I’d wish to attempt the Q2 Monochrom with its fastened 28mm, which I do know doesn’t have that downside as a result of its system is just like a reflex.
Would you wish to share concerning the present or future initiatives you’re concerned with?
I’m getting ready the draft for my subsequent e-book. I’ve numerous exhibitions and workshops deliberate for this 12 months, each in Cuba and it different nations.
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1961, Raúl Cañibano Ercilla labored as a welding technician within the aviation trade till the tip of the Nineteen Eighties, earlier than starting a profession as a self-taught photographer in 1990. His focus lies on documenting the traditions of his residence nation. One among his best-known collection, Tierra Guajira, speaks concerning the lifestyle in rural Cuba. His work has been exhibited each at residence and overseas, together with in the US, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Mexico, Australia and Japan. He has been revealed in The New York Instances, The Guardian, Black & White; and his photos are a part of numerous private and non-private collections, together with these of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba, and the Worldwide Middle of Images (ICP). He’s the recipient of the primary prize of the Salón Nacional de Fotografía in Cuba. Discover out extra about his images on his web site and Instagram web page.
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