♣ A SPANISH PHOTOGRAPHER / MODEL
♣ A SPECTACULAR EXPERIMENTATOR AND A SELF PORTRAITIST
” I JUST HOPE TO CONVEY SOME EMOTION TO THE VIEWERS. IF THIS HAPPENS, YOU CAN SAY THAT I HAVE ACHIEVED MY PURPOSE. I TRY TO BE VERY HONEST WITH EMOTIONS THAT I APPLY IN MY PHOTOGRAPHS. I USE PHOTOGRAPHY AS THE BEST WAY TO SHOW THE FEELINGS I CAN NOT EXPRESS IN WORDS OR DEEDS. FOR ME, MY PHOTOS ARE MY TRUE LANGUAGE. A LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD BY ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE WHAT I DO. I KNOW SOME OF MY PHOTOS MAY SEEM SHOCKING, HARD OR EVEN TERRIFYING BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE ESSENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE CRUDENESS OF FEELINGS. I THINK THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHY IS A CATHARSIS AND ALSO A WAY TO REMOVE THE SUGGESTIVE AND DISPLAY SUGGESTED, THE REALITY…”
– FELIX VELVET
FÉLIX´S ART DIRECTING COMPETES WITH HIS SELF-EXPRESSION. DEATH VS THE LIFE BY DOMINATING WITH FIGURATIVE PLOT. DOES HE TEMPT TO INVOKE IRRATIONAL REACTIONS BY UNCOVERING SOCIETY’S FOUL FRUITS OR DOES HE PLAY WITH PATHOLOGY? FELIX IS ARRANGING THE PANTOMIMIC SCENES, THAT IS EAGER TO BLAST OUT CURRENT AND RADICAL REALNESS. IS IT ABOUT CRUSHED HOPES? BY HIGHLIGHTING THE PROTAGONIST? DOES IT MARK THE BIRTH OF DEATH, AS AN EMBLEM OF FINAL HOPELESSNESS AND CORRUPTION? DOES FELIX TRY TO REESTABLISH THE INNOCENCE OR DISCOVER THE LOVE? OR IS IT JUST HIS GREAT ARTISTIC IRONY OF HORROR THRILLER MOTION-PIECES?
CREATIVITY AND SKILLS ART-BRUTALLY SEEPS TROUGH MOST OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS. SOME OF HIS IMAGES ARE TAKEN WITH A SMARTPHONE. PUNK ON! THE LIGHT, THICK MAKEUP, AND BODY-ART DOES LAIR AND SHAKE UP MANY EMOTIONAL DETAILS ON THE EDGE.
HIS WORK DIFFUSES RELIGIOUS SYMBOLICS BY PRISMING THOUGH PSYCHO MOTIVES. FELIX TOUCHES CHAOTIC REARS. WHAT IS BEHIND THE SOLID LIMITS OF HUMAN NATURE? THE IRRATIONALITY? OUR SUBCONSCIOUSNESS?
CHECK OUT FELIX’S OWN POETIC CONFESSIONS
DT 500 ZINE: – Felix, what is your origin?
FELIX: – The need to convey what I feel. That also helps me to know something more about me, these aspects are very hidden but containing much information about who I am. I guess that the origin is the need to communicate with people through my photos.
DT 500 ZINE: – Try to explain creativity?
FELIX: – For me, it’s not creativity, it is an impulse that cannot be avoided, but once is a form of creativity itself. It is communication.
” Creativity is a language that’s transmitted in the correct form because it has achieved the objective. I’m still in the process of self-discovery.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Why photography?
FELIX: – I’m interested in beauty, in any form. Painting, writing, architecture, photography… To me, the photography is significant as any other forms of beauty.
” I take pictures because the moment is the perfect vehicle to express myself.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Where do u get your inspiration from?
FELIX: – The unconscious inspiration.
” I use my unconsciousness. Inspiration suddenly appears.”
DT 500 ZINE: – What was your last inspiration, what is the big gig on your mind right now?
FELIX: – I guess all artists have recurring items. For example, in my photographs, I repeatedly use the religious symbolism and the masks… That means that religion and identity are part of my influence?
” The public is influencing me.”
DT 500 ZINE: – The agenda a la’Felix Velvet?
FELIX: – From my part, to communicate by my emotions, my feelings. Nothing else.
” It’s a statement of honesty -that’s the key.”
DT 500 ZINE: – Something to achieve?
FELIX: – My photos are like the pages of the diary of my life, and I have still much to do. I want to feel satisfied, I want to the people who want to see my photos also feel satisfied.
” I want to surprise me with each step I take. Learn along the way from every achievement and every frustration.“
DT 500 ZINE: – Coming plans of yours?
FELIX: – At this point, I feel I want to go further. I try a fusion of my work with different styles. I try and learn new things, other perspectives of my photos. My pictures can work in many directions. I like to innovate, to collaborate… have no limits. Non- stop!
DT 500 ZINE: – Go, Felix!
INTERVIEW BY Arthur Sopin PHOTOGRAPHY BY FELIX VELVET