Alvaro Calvo is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.
As much as we know, there will always be some questions unanswered. And that mystery space will inevitably invite a certain mysticism.
Today we live immersed in a flowing routine, stressful and materialistic. Our everyday forces us away from the essential questions that are eternally nested in the heart of man. Our evolution has always been subject to uncertainty and this uneasiness throws us into a constant search for answers. These answers give meaning to our lives, but what they really reveal is our thirst for rationality and our attempts to confirm our existence through reason.
“Unnaswered” is an autobiographical project through which I attempt to establish relationships between my images and certain lingering questions. My aim is to create an internal dialogue in which our false sense of security falters. Perhaps there are no right answers, perhaps we human beings will fail to find them. In the end, this is a quasi-spiritual search.
This spirituality has been part of me since my early years. I come from a family with strong Catholic beliefs, a fact that has influenced my life in a profound way. However, as my mind gained more autonomy, it managed to supply itself with infinite issues. This search has driven me to swim in a sea of doubt.
In this project, I am trying to condense—in images—the mysteries that appear in everyday life. I am not looking for answers, the intent of these images is only to generate new questions. As Max Planck said, “Science is incapable of solving the last mysteries of nature, because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of that nature.”