Talent of the Year 2020 - FINALIST: Adrian Markis
Agony of love
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The agony of Love is a photo series about the despair within the human experience and how people struggle with relationships within the chaotic environment of the world.
The series features several cinematic compositions, each one composed to create a narrative experience. The portraits express a sense of tension, personal struggle, and despondency.
The viewer is introduced to a couple on the verge of separation. It is a close-up intimate portrait where the characters face a major life obstacle. Instead of the obstacle of strengthening their relationship, it has driven them apart. They are forced to deal with their sorrow as individuals instead of as a couple.
The use of light and deep shadows add a sense of dream-like environments of solitude and emotional depth. Together, the lights, shadows, and contrast between warm and cold colors serve to elicit dramatic emotional responses in the viewers.
The series blends the lines between fine art, narrative tableau, and movie stills.
Adrián Markis (born 1979) is a photographer from Argentina, based in Buenos Aires city.
In his early years as a young boy, he showed great interest in photography.
His first steps in photography were working as an assistant photographer in many photography studios, then he started his career as a freelance photographer and worked for various advertising agencies, publishers and companies.
His work can be described as conceptual and surreal.
Adrian works on personal photographic projects, does commission advertising and teaches photography in Argentina and worldwide.
His work was published by Lensculture, Geographical, The Guardian, 6mois, The Argentine independent, Contemporary Annual, Super Foto, Foto DNG, Mercosur.