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Perfection is in nature

 

Source: La Estrella, José María Torrijos Legazpi
Location: Panama, Panama
Date: 27.09.2013
English version: Marión Gallery

One of the first things that Damian Hernandez clarifies on photographs shown in its recently inaugurated exhibition ‘Barks’ is that ‘they are real photographs of real trees’.

This is due, in large part, to the fact that people can not believe that the colors and shapes on his photographs are a product of nature and not a human creation: ‘When my colleagues see this work don’t believe me’, says the argentinean, who adds that ‘Photoshop is my worst enemy’.

Part of this unbelief is the lack of knowledge about the existence of rainbow eucalyptus, the tree that gave rise to each of the photographs in the exhibition.

Hernandez said he had years capturing pictures of barks, in part, because he considers himself ‘a frustrated painter’. During one of his many trips, this time by one of several Central American jungles, ‘I found in trees, in their barks, the pictures I had wanted to paint. When I saw this (the colors and forms that can eventually be found), I realized that everything is in nature and began a relentless pursuit of different types and varieties’ he says.

Thereafter he devoted himself to portray to posterity the variety of colors and shapes that can present the ‘skin’ of a tree. This project was developed in different countries until one day, he arrives to Panama and, during a tour around the Darien, he finds the rainbow eucalyptus. ‘It was the end of a cycle’, comments on his discovery.

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