A grainy analog texture, pale yet strong colours and theatrical locations.
To wrap it up, this is what the works of Diego Ene, a Spanish photographer based in Madrid, are made of.
But there would still be much more to say.
Going through a selection of his works feels like a road trip. Paradoxically, pictures representing absolutely still subjects became part of a dynamic narration where every element is perfectly chained to the next - and previous - one (and yet they are different enough to make it clear that every picture was taken in a unique moment).
The previously quoted film-like texture widespread all over the photographs makes it possible to perceive the pictures through a cinematic gaze, despite the absolute - typical when it comes to photographs - absence of motion.
If we could - just for a brief, polite moment - forget about the author’s identity, we would feel aesthetically very close in style to some of the greatest modern movie directors. In fact, the cloud-filtered, melancholic cold light which has a strong presence in Diego’s photographs could be exactly the same one touching Scarlett Johansson’s face through the window glass in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation”, and upon a closer inspection we would recognise a still from David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” in Ene’s portraits of those canonically beautiful garden roses.
At this point we can’t help being curious about what Diego Ene’s storytelling will be about in the future. What we know for sure is how amazed we are going to feel contemplating his movie-like, suspended atmospheres.
Words by Erika Giulietti
Post coordination by Vincent Urbani