Introduction

Alfonso Almendros is an emerging photographer from Spain who lives and works in Helsinki. “Family Reflections” was presented at Slideluck London in 2013. The project is a series of provocative portraits in gloomy colours and a dilapidated setting.

“Family Reflections came at a moment of my life that was full of indecision. It was a critical moment where I didn’t know how to focus. After living abroad for a few years, I decided to go back to my hometown and spend a few months with my family. There, I found things that had changed during my absence. With more distance, I realized that, in general, that point in time was hard for all of us, and we were all bearing with big problems that didn’t have easy solutions. In this situation, I discovered a parallel between my mother, siblings and myself. I was certain that we shared a common attitude towards those difficulties. Something hidden and common that defines us as a group and came from the farthest depths of our personalities. I don’t remember when my father died, but I had the feeling that this new situation had many parallels with that tragedy which happened many years ago. In both situations, there prevailed a sensation that something important was irreversibly lost. I felt that something was changing around us and I just decided to photograph and reflect on what we were at that point, but also about what we had been back then.”

This is an abstract from the interview on GUP Magazine.

Recipe

Arroz sequito

– 400 g white rice
– 4 garlic cloves
– 4 eggs
– Olive oil
– Sea salt
– Tomato Sauce
– 800 ml water

 

Heat the oil in a large pressure cooker. Sauté the garlic cloves and brown them. Add the rice and sauté it for about one minute. Add the water and move the rice to prevent sticking. Close the pressure cooker and wait 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat the tomato sauce in a pan and fry the eggs. Serve the rice hot and add on top the tomato sauce and the egg. Eat and enjoy.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

This time I built a simple slideshow with iPhoto.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

A good friend of mine is a music film composer so we had a meeting a we exchange some impressions and thoughts, and after that I gave him freedom to do what he wanted to do.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Well, to be honest this was my first multimedia so my aspirations and ideas were quite basic. I didn’t think so much about the rhythm… sequence… transitions… I think that in that moment I wasn’t so aware of the fantastic possibilities that multimedia has as platform for photography and definitely I would have used other resources or sequence for a new version.

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