The feminine body, photography in black and white and an admirable handling of the light make up the portfolio of this Spanish photographer, Emilio Jiménez. His work can be distinguished by the apparent simplicity of a nice picture but, at the same time, it offers an aesthetic delight in all his images.
He likes portraying what can be seen, he remains faithful to what appears naturally every time he uses his camera and, although he understands that editing is part of his work, his photographs emit fairness to reality.
His exhibition, “Anatomía Natural, Salvaje” (meaning “Natural and Wild Anatomy”) is a clear example of his good work. He has a distinctive personal style in with the woman’s body assumes the absolute role, while merging with elements of nature through an exquisite control of the technique and an amazing game of lights and shadows. There are 24 artworks in which the author subtly dresses the feminine body with his sophisticated technique in black and white. He states that he feels very confident with it: “I liked the idea of introducing the shadows that a peacock’s feather created over the skin of the naked bodies.” “This series is the final product of an improvisation with these elements”, says the photographer.
“Anatomía Natural, Salvaje” is the result of Emilio Jiménez’s personal style and the view of the documentary “The Salt of the Earth”
According to his words, the real inspiration came after watching the documentary “The Salt of the Earth“. Directed by Wim Wenders, this film talks about the life and work of the Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist, Sebastião Salgado. On this occasion, he puts aside his career and decides to visit unspoiled territories with spectacular landscapes, fauna and exotic flora while doing a photographic tribute to the planet’s beauty. Likewise, Emilio Jiménez offers his personal point of view of that beauty through his lens, putting it face to face with the femenine anatomy. This project gets to fuse and confuse the silhouttes of the human, vegetable and even animal nature, resulting in “Anatomía Natural, Salvaje”.
“Anatomía Natural, Salvaje” captures scenes of the intersection between the human body and the elements of nature
The photographer looks for different angles to dress the woman’s body with shadows
Emilio Jiménez states that, despite his professional career, he doesn’t feel like a follower of the “fashion and accessories trends”, “it’s curious because due to my perspective I think my view considerably collides with the world of fashion.” However, he realises that fashion photography has inspired him when he was moulding his personal style. In fact, his two biggest recognised influences are Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh. The first of them is considered one of the most important fashion photographers in the 20th century, and his pictures of naked feminine bodies are very seductive and sensual, according to Emilio Jiménez, “with a supreme quality”. Under the influence of Peter Lindbergh, one of the creators of the top model phenomenon in the 90s, he adopts his preference for black and white photography and projects the models naturally, with the minimum make-up and a simple hairstyle, following Lindbergh’s path.
“The feminine body is more attractive than the masculine”, declares the photographer
The work of this young photographer that has already published two books – “Monographique” and “Mediterráneo” – is capable of captivating even the toughest audience. Magazine Horse admires his incomparable artistic eye and the way he covers a woman with beautiful shadows of different types of plants and leaves in his “Anatomía Natural, Salvaje”. The result of this lights-and-angles game is, undoubtedly, a great discovery for photography lovers.