It seems logical that once man had invented and mastered the miraculous technique of creating still photography, the next dream to realize was motion pictures. The first photo was shot in 1826 and The Horse In Motion from 1878 is considered to be the first movie, though at that time it was nothing more than a series of high-speed photographs of a horse galloping. The first real movie ever shot was Monkeyshines No. 1. In 1889. This was the very first time a continuous strip of film was used and with that the motion picture said more or less goodbye to photography and started to live its own life. Still very much in the same style – black and white without sound – but nevertheless very different.
Since that historical year 1889, movie development happened in rapid speed. In 1895 Max and Emil Sklandanowsky invented the Bioskop, an elaborate though complicated technique that allowed projecting movies for a larger audience. Only 2 month later the world was introduced to a more sophisticated film projection during a public screening in the Parisian Salon Indien du Grand Café. It was this technique, invented by the Lumiere brothers that would go down in history as the official birth of motion pictures.
Even though on that historical day in 1889 motion picture started to move further and further away from photography, the two are unmistakably connected with each other. Many photographer finds inspiration in the motion picture medium and vice versa. Now if you would ask them, probably most photographer would claim the early years as their main source of inspiration. Not Adolfo López though. He is highly inspired by the movies that the light of day during the 1980’s. There might be several reasons for this. It could be the often returning high school theme. Or the more gritty and closer to the truth war themes. Or possibly the fact that the 1980’s really were the time of the first block-buster movies, following the earier successes of Jaws and Star Wars. More likely though it is because the 1980’s films are the ones that Adolfo grew up with. As simple as that.
Born in Albacete, Spain in September 1980, Adolfo López Pérez was raised with the new cinematic entertainment the 1980’s brought. No wonder that it is this genre of film that he mentioned as his main source of inspiration for his wonderful photography. Adolfo is a passionate photographer. He basically uses his eyes as a camera lens, looking at everything through the photographers eye. Meaning seeing everything is a specific angle and light and as a possible subject to shoot. And so he shoots pretty much all that interests him. Men being part of that. Together with illustrator Tania Acuña Adolof launched his website fandi.es last year. An exciting and blog-like website that talks about all kinds of interesting and entertaining things that are inspiring and aspirational. Asides from that Adolfo also runs his model site where he displays a large variety of men and women in a similar large variety of style.
Recently Adolfo López worked with Aaron Gil. Aaron is brand new in the modelling industry with only a couple of jobs under the belt. Nevertheless he seems to be most professional. A natural one might say. Adolfo approached this session in a conversational way, using the influences of some of the darker film productions form his beloved 1980’s as starting point. Dark and gritty he plays with light and shadow making his portraits with Aaron Gil look like scenes from Blue Velvet or the even more artistic short films produced by Andy Warhol, where the camera and the person behind is the silent catalyst for the model to act seemingly directly with the watching audience. The result is mesmerizing. Hypnotic almost, with Aaron dressed in old clothes from himself and Adolfo being at centre stage of this virtual conversation. If the 1980’s were the renaissance of the Hollywood movies, than Adolfo López’ portraits are definitely a new beginning in photography. –BM-
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