Alberto Polo Iañez‘s photographs from ‘Jupiter’ are part of an ongoing project, a search for a visual articulation of those moments when we feel trapped within ourselves, our lives and our ideas. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to turn too. In a time that seems endless. A vicious circle that makes us feel like we’re running on a hamster wheel, our lives out of control yet narrowly defined by everything that has gone on before.
This heavy weight, that we carry through life, is real to everyone. It’s a natural state of being yet always seems interminable when lost within it. There never seems to be a way out. An end. A line in the sand we can cross over into a new period. A new life. It’s this numb state that Iañez seeks to visually express in these pictures. They’re an expression of the grey world we all live in , that world that lives on the edge of our consciousness, that threatens to take over our lives at every turn, that seeks to smother us when things don’t work out, go wrong. When the cards fall the wrong way.
This condition, this greyness, this heaviness, gives us pause for thought, yet if we embrace it we can learn to escape, find a new way to express ourselves, engage with each other, make our lives and the lives of those around us better. For Iañez photography, film and sound give him opportunity to articulate this vexed subject that remains rooted in our existence. For him the camera becomes a tool to explode the numbing feeling that can often lead many to depression and a deep profound sadness. Here’s what he has to say about the series:
Jupiter is that spacetime where sometimes we get stuck and it’s really hard to get out. Sometimes it acts as a depression, transforming and forcing us to acquire new lives in order to forget and stop thinking. Other time it shows us a different reality of which we are used to. Jupiter is joy and sadness, a grayscale that lives inside everyone.