// Daniel, born in Terrassa (Barcelona) but living most of his life in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, thinks of photography as a unique language, a personal perspective within a thematic diversity. He tries to tell stories, reflect ideas that come to his mind, develop concepts, through photography.
Nature and the urban environment have always been Daniel´s predilections. It was there that his interest in photography arose and when he was able he acquired his first analog camera, beginning to experiment with photography. Although he has been engaged in photography for more than 25 years, during the last 15 years it became a profession. Having gone through almost all the photographic disciplines, for a few years now Daniel´s photography has been framed in the fine arts, in particular abstract and conceptual photography.
His work has been published in a number of magazines and shown in exhibitions.
“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light.”
Arthur Conan Doyle
What draws you to the arts?
“Art is a pure sense of the soul. Since I was a child I have been attracted to art and creation in all disciplines, and when I could I attended art exhibitions in general and photography in particular.“
What do you like best about about the abstract photo art you are sharing with us?
“Creativity, abstraction and the optical filter.“
With the emergence of new digital technologies, coinciding with a difficult economic stage, Daniel decided to leave the analogue discipline for a while. At the stage of analogue photography, he had already started an evolution towards something more artistic, more experimental and conceptual, developing his first optical filters.
Influenced by having worked for a quarter of a century in the fashion world, the approach of his projects is based on an idea, a doubt, a question or a concept that catches his attention and from which he wants to contribute his perspective, his point of view, looking for answers to what he is observing, expressing himself without ruling out any technique. He does, hoever, emphasise that it has to be optical. “I try by all means that my current photographs have minimum digital manipulation, the processes are all standard with the software of the camera itself. It is very important to me that the current job is the closest thing to my analog stage.”
Daniel creates hiw own optical filters that he puts in front of the lens. They all have their complexity and are unique for each series. At the moment Daniel is working on a new project he calls Abyssurbs, where he is creating a “dreamy” effect through a very simple handmade filter. The Genesis filter, used in the series we are showing here, was much more complex, and unfortunately it accidentally broke. We are thus left with a series of unique photographs that cannot be repeated, even if Daniel were to try.
Genesis is an abstraction of light, as a symbol of birth, creation, spirituality, purity, consciousness and enlightenment. Genesis is, we find, an apt name for this series, as it is all about the creation of worlds you can get pulled into. The longer you look at these images, the more you want to immerse yourself into their depths.
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ALL PHOTOS © DANIEL AGRA
To see more of her photography visit Daniel´s Instagram page and his website.