We sent a Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens to Cristina Jul, also known as 'Teórica del Caos' - Theorist of Chaos in Spanish. Embark with us on a journey from the primordial chaos to a dreamlike dimension through her gorgeous portraits.
Hello Cristina! Welcome to the Lomography Magazine. Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
I am a photographer in Madrid, but I would describe myself, in the first place, as someone who is passionate about stories. Since I was little, I spent my days buried under fantasy books, I began as a reader, continued as a writer and ended up becoming hooked on photography. That was how I discovered that when words were not enough I could channel that passion for telling stories through photography.
We can read in your bio that 'All stories are born from emptiness and chaos'. Does this statement apply to photography? In what way?
In reailty, the phrase that I usually make use of (but that's too long for my bio) is the following 'At the beginning there was nothing, only Chaos. And from emptiness and Chaos were born all the stories that we know today and some that we still don't dare to tell.'
For me this phrase mirrors a number of things, in first place that Chaos is the primordial origin of all creation and of all stories.
In second place, it also reflects my own creative process and way of being, at the start nothing is well defined, you have a chaos of ideas in your head, that little by little, begins to take shape until a story is constructed or until it is moulded into a photograph.
What inspires you at the moment of taking a photograph?
Definitely, what inspires me when taking any photograph is the thousands of stories that could be hiding behind each and every image. It could be that I've prepared a session based on an existing story or that in that particular moment I've spotted something that makes me think, it wants to tell me something.
Could you tell us a bit more about the series of photographs you shot wih the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens?
Through my photographs I am always somehow taken back to childhood, to a kind of dark gentleness, like in the fables of yesteryear where the endings are not always happy. In this case it's about a girl who goes back to nature, to the origins that she cannot recognise anymore, lost in a dreamlike world where flowers and vegetation grow through her skin.
How was your experience shooting with the Daguerreotype? Do you have any practical tip for someone who might be taking their first steps with the Art Lens?
It has been a really good experience, it's very different from any lens that I have tried before, both in terms of results as in its old-fashioned appearance. It creates a magical effect, that, even though it is not called for in all types of photography, transforms almost every scene into something surreal, like in a dream.
What projects do you have in store?
At the moment what awaits me is to carry on learning and taking small steps towards advancing in my professional career as a photographer.
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