I do not have any memory of my childhood in which my father would appear. Somehow I always considered his death, when I was two, as a fundamental event in my life. I have always wanted to understand some passages of the past that I never experienced myself. Mostly they are elements that I feel familiar with but at the same time very distant from, like weak shades in my memories and vague episodes of a time that I am not able to remember. In our old family pictures, almost everything seems distant. These images symbolize my memories – unknown and familiar at the same time.
In Family Reflections, I take pictures of myself in places vaguely reminding those that I have seen in our family photographs. At the same time, each of these images defines one basic concept of our ideology – the roots, virility as a symbol of authority, glorification of maternity, obsession with death, or the sacred character of some objects.
Solitude turns into a paradox when it is shared. Words get dissolved – incomplete, fragile… slightly dark, almost invisible. A minuscule thread that links me with my relatives and makes me search for something that could explain why we are so similar in our intimacy.
Alfonso Almendros is a Spanish photographer graduated in History of Art at Universitat de Valencia and Artistic Photography at E.A.S.D. Valencia. His work has been selected and exhibited in several international festivals and art fairs like: India Art Fair 2013 in New Delhi, Festival Voies Off 2012 in Arles (France), Estampa 2012 and 2011 in Madrid (Spain), Begira’12 Photo Festival in Durango (Spain), the Contemporary Art Center Las Cigarreras in Alicante (Spain) or the 10th International Festival of Photography in Lodz (Poland). He is currently living and working as a freelancer photographer in Helsinki.
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