Andro Eradze has appeared in contemporary photography only several years ago. This is the media, where he feels the most comfortable and most often gets the result by changing white balance –this is when he believes he represents the best of his vision. At the same time, he is interested in both fiction and documentary film directing and working on the installations in public spaces and Street Art Project “Street Poetry”.
Andro’s recent photo series, “Urban Metaphysics”, which Idaaf presents in this article, is spaces seen at night, objects illuminated in different colors and the character of these spaces. A keen sense accompanies each photograph. There is no motion, however, it seems that the photos prepare you for something and from their peace, you will soon find yourself in the epicenter of events. Silent photos revive with night colored lights, where, as if something important is born, new and unfamiliar.
Idaaf asked the artist a few questions:
– What is the “Urban Metaphysics” main idea?
– When I started working on this series, I did not have a clear and accurate outline, either thought or verbal, of what I wanted to do.
Series from the beginning till the is based on an attempt to rely on my intuition. I believe that any photo that impacts the audience in some sense means that this image, photographic image itself implies a concept that applies to the viewer’s interpretation and therefore spreads to a number of visitors. So, this is a kind of attempt to rethink the spaces in which we have to walk every day. Even the most familiar areas of the city have their own memory and emotional content.
– What is the meaning of colours in “Urban Metaphysics”?
– While working on this series, the focus is on outdoor lighting at night, rather than colours. They will never be repeated the for the time being. Sometimes I am waiting for some light tones at night, while taking each photo, and I myself do not know what will come out of it. I believe that the same space can be interpreted in numerous ways in a photo and it can be considered as an infinite act, which seems the most interesting to me.
– What impact has photography on you and the world at large?
– It is difficult to say precisely. Photography for me acts as a tool for self exploration as well as environmental monitoring, which in any way is unique. This makes it the most interesting and very poetic. Photography gives me the opportunity to learn my own fears, barriers, pleasures, conscious or unconscious spaces. Sometimes observing other people or places is the best way to identify your own content, and perhaps this is the biggest challenge for me. Photography has the ability to store and identify a human’s most intimate and personal memories, moments or observations, which in a viewer should awaken the feeling that he has seen it somewhere a long time ago, and remembered just in this moment.
– What should a good picture be like?
– All kinds of photos, which are genuine and sincere, in my opinion, work by themselves, without an author. No matter what the color scheme is, composition and other details, it is important that the image has that hidden tongue which makes it more than it is, arise a feeling in the viewer that he does not expect and withdraw him from his comfort zone at least for some time.
– What happens in modern photography?
– We have a lot of ongoing process, conceptual as well as documentary and other genres of photographic directions are developing. That is a healthy process and every genre in itself is interesting. There are many young photographers who create good products. It is unfortunate that there is no space, a platform where all these will be summarized.
In Tbilisi there are, if I’m not mistaken, two photographic festivals, and this is the only alternative for the young beginner photographers to express themselves. In my opinion, more attention needs to be paid to conceptual as well as documentary photography and other genres and those young people. Culture should develop at the expense of exactly such people rather that professional photographers, who offer the same for years and the content and texture of their photographs no longer cause admiration and amazement. New photographers should be promoted to the so that culture is loaded with new challenges.
Author: Nanuka Zaalishvili
English Edit: Nutsa Nmoradze