As a kid Johan Talens (1961) learned about SLR’s and black and white film, and in darkroom of his own he enjoyed the magic of seeing images emerge. In the digital age he still loves black and white photography with all its creative flexibility, especially when it comes to adjusting tonal contrasts as a means to give a picture its specific content and mood.
He is fascinated by the split between what is commonly called reality and what we make of it: constructs, stories and images. He also feels strong affinity with the improvising ‘bricolage’ of street photography. Most of his pictures are shot walking down the streets, around buildings, moving in and out of light and shadow. Directionless as these walks may be, he always hopes to find that particular frame with elements making reality as such less obvious, harder to pin down, and opening up new possibilities and interpretations. He dreams of having a photobook with his bricolage work published.