Guys With A Mask
Words by Seigar
October 14, 2020
This series shows the beauty in the world before and after the coronavirus pandemic. The photographs were taken using a video chat platform during the strictest conditions of the confinement period in Spain. The virtual shooting works also as a symbol of the social distance. The contrast of the portraits without and with the masks becomes my portrayal of the situation. While their relaxed naturalness and charm are the signs of the easy pre-COVID life, in opposition the guys with a mask present the new awareness and alert state. As a sensitive artist, I found it hard not to be able to create during the lockdown, so I felt this series could help me to release my feelings and emotions about what was happening in a constructive way. Thanks to the participants who made this possible.
About The Artist
Seigar is a passionate travel, street, social documentary, conceptual and pop photographer based in Tenerife. He feels obsessed with pop culture that he shows in his series. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, curious finds, and religious icons. He also flirts with journalism and video. His main inspiration is traveling. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, creating a continuous storyline from his trips. His most ambitious projects so far are his Plastic People, a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, and his Tales of a City, an ongoing urban photo-narrative project taken in London. He is a philologist and also works as a secondary school teacher. He is a self-taught visual artist, though he has done a two years course in advanced photography and one in cinema and television. He has participated in several exhibitions and his works have been featured in many publications. He has collaborated with different media such as VICE and WAG1. He writes for Dodho Magazine and for The Cultural about photography and pop culture, and for Memoir Mixtapes about music. Lately, he has experimented with video forms. His last interest is documenting identity. Recently, he received the Rafael Ramos García International Photography Award.