A selection of photos by Augusto Rosa
to belong (2008)
everything passes (2009)
– Hello, Augusto. How would you describe this set of images?
– I do take pictures of everything but, I’m an “asphalt” addict and this set represents my urge to find perspective, form, geometry and philosophy through lines juxtaposed over black surfaces. This set surprised me somehow, because it is my second exhibition with the same subject, and all the images are “originals” with regard to the first one, which means I’m still trying to see the wonky lines, the fragile assertions and to seek the vanishing point of my asphalt travels. I still feel that there are thousands of miles to click still…
– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What attracts your visual attention?
– I’m always fascinated by the other meaning of the man made environment and objects. As a practicing architect for 28 years, when I grab my camera I always look for the “antagonistic”, the anti-pragmatism of the composition, the shape, the geometry. My eye is looking for the abstract and poetic side of the urban jungle, the meaning of the small detail, the forgotten corner the other “façade” of a façade.
– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– I like everything, but I’m specially drawn to minimal and realistic abstractions and also building a sort of philosophical visual (philosophoto) journey with my work.
– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– I’m a visual being. I like to paint and draw too, but in 2007 when I started playing with photography, I was hooked instantly, it is my favorite media this days. I do not plan a lot of my shots and the thrill of the instant idea, the click and later the editing gives me the adrenaline I don’t get with other visual experiments. My goal is to keep challenging myself; like I’m almost afraid that an image is going to lose its meaning if I do not go through the whole process as quickly as I can.
– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? Which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– I don’t. I think any location, anywhere is always a challenge and you can get the most of it if you are ready for it, but I have to say that NYC and Barcelona are my favorite city “models”.
– What is your favorite camera?
– I have a Nikon D7000, a Cannon RebelX and a small collection of Panasonic Lumixes. The Lumixes are great small cameras and I always have one with me – they sleep on my night table.
– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– My work is in a couple of issues of the Y sin Embargo magazine, and in the photo-books Hypo-X-series by Azurbumble (Alan Wilson) and Shadé by Brancolina. I published two books on Blurb: “Life Without Parole” and “A4 Architects“ and I have my photos as covers to several books: “Cronicas” (National Peace Awards of Colombia) by Marta Ruiz Editora and “Redalu”, a sociological study published by the Universitat de Barcelona. I also have some photos (architecture) published in “Portland Magazine” from Maine. All of my work is on Flickr