Artist of the week - Ramon Casares
Casares is an artist, an new breed of photographer who brings any subject in front of him to the fine art scene, a true “photographers photographer”; is nature, mostly, that provides the subject for his canvas and the camera and lighting are his palette and brushes. Casares combines these elements to create simple, yet visually stunning images that continue to captivate his audience…the images remaining in their minds long after they’ve walked away.
His work allows the audience to connect on an emotional level that is seldom achieved to the degree of sophistication as Casares continues to do, image after image. His perspective is a unique one. Casares is a seasoned “director” who knows how to direct our attention right to his intended focal point. From there our eyes follow the beautiful shapes, values, edges and color of each of his subjects leading a path around his intended picture plane.
From here, we get the very rare opportunity to enjoy his subjects up close and personal. In his equine and wildlife photography, we are allowed to lose ourselves in the textures of their fur and feathers and the way the light, which he has so beautifully controlled, plays off of their forms creates a visual feast for the senses. Casares’ portrait photography whether human or animal is created simply without any unnecessary elements to distract our eyes away from his subjects.
It is in this minimalist approach to his subjects, captured with such dignity and nobility, through which Casares seems to invoke a sense of awe and wonder, in which we, his audience, are able to discover the beauty and majesty of the world we share with these amazing creatures.