X-Ray WiredScapes

One day out of the blues I found out one of those hospital X-Rays light-box, those old ones that doctors use to study them, which I now have as an unusual “lamp” at the studio. For several times I looked at it with its light on.

I realised then that when I’m looking or staring at it with its light on, I imagine things there. Since I know myself I hear that the biggest fear for writers and artists is a blank page, a blank wall, a blank canvas… on the opposite, a blank space for me is what challenges me the most, what makes me want to create even more. I love staring at blank spaces. And here I was staring at this light box for X-Rays… till I realised that I was imagining landscapes created on it. My own landscapes, created in my own mind projected into that blank and lighted space.

WiredScape #1, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #1, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #2, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #2, by @Gonzalo Bénard

At that moment I was playing with a messy ball of wire and conscious on how it can be used to connect, and how it’s used to conduct the energy. Energies. Immediately I took a bit of it and started looking at it as horizon lines, drawing with it “trees” and “mountains”. I picked up then few more stuff I had close to me. Like chestnuts. And salt. And lavender flowers. And stones.

As a child with a new toy I was happy and forgot the whole world with all its majestic landscapes, to create new ones untouched by humans. I was creating a new concept of landscapes in my mind, or over the R-Rays’ light-box, for me to have them as islands in my own urban space. An escape. During the day or night.

An X-Ray’s lightbox is used to see bones and organs, the interiors of people, but here I used to visualise the exteriors expanded in landscapes of the mind, visualizing islands – or inlands – to where we can run into.
With this in mind I created day and night vision on them, the negatives like the X-Ray sheets as night landscapes and the light connected ones as day islands.

WiredScapes is a series of photographs of landscapes with natural elements all connected with wire over light. The wire here plays the role of different kinds of horizons, which use to separate sky and sea/land, here becomes part and connects the natural elements like rocks, plants, salt.

On WiredScapes, the light is the main environment, playing as air, water and fire, where salt comes as earth. Metal connects and plays with them all and in several cultures is considered one of the natural elements among with fire, water, earth and air.

Transparencies and opacity connected and interfering with each other, the weights of the elements on a not natural context but co-existing and belonging to the light itself. On WiredScapes, light is light. But is also a wired light. Light weight on cosmic light.

The WiredScapes series came out as a need of silence of the mind in a urban landscape where everything tend to be noisy, using the electric light and not the natural as the author’s uses for humans’ portraits for example. Wire connects but is also a conductor of energy. And of energies. Natural ones.

WiredScape #6, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #6, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #7, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #7, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #8, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #9, by @Gonzalo Bénard

For a free fall dive in your own mind, in a galaxy near you.”

WiredScape #11, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #11, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #12, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #12, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScapes are photographs without any digital manipulation, available for sale, printed in limited editions of 5/5, with 1mx66,5cm (39.37″x26.18″), on Baryta Harman/Hahnemühle paper.

WiredScapes is a collection of 10 different photographs: each one in day or night / earth or cosmic version / life or death.

WiredScape #8 in XR, by @Gonzalo Bénard

WiredScape #8 in XR, by @Gonzalo Bénard

text and photos by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
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