December 12th, 2018

Fifty Shades of Black and White

Published in RAW Features

By: BINX

 

Photographer David Pineros dreams in black and white and takes us through a journey of the people resident to the city of Nashville in their most natural form. He brings people and poverty to our attention in an artistic way and at the touch of a 'click.'

 

 

“Photography is a visual language and black and white just go straight to the point to say the essential. Black and white allow for a more direct but also deeper reading of the image, It's almost like connecting in a sacred dimension with it, at least I do.

I first realized the power of black and white when I was photographing wildlife a couple years ago, I didn't want these animals to look real, I wanted them to look sacred, only black and white did that for me. Since then I´ve been exploring the potential of black and white for visual communication."

 

 

Pineros was raised in a middle-class family but he often found himself surrounded by poverty while growing up in Colombia. His images have a timelessness about them and the dark and mysterious photographic shades intimately lead our eyes to focus on the story rather than the colors. The people inside the pictures seem as though they are inviting us to explore their scars, the lines, memories and the emotions of things we may never know anything about.

He says, “I think poverty is invisible for those that don't experience it. A strong photograph might help to address that and keep the conversation going around this social issue. I could never cope with the images of inequality and indifference I have in my head. Maybe by photographing homeless I’m just chasing that mental image I have so I can take it out of my head.”

He continues, “When I was a little kid my father had a girlfriend, her name was Ivette. She used to carry a film camera with her, if she knew how to use it or not, that I didn´t remember but oh gosh that camera was pretty. Probably, that planted the need on me to understand how to operate a machine like it. Later on, that became the fetish I have for cameras. However, I didn´t discover this passion of mine after about 13 years later, in the meantime I was not learning photography, I got myself a degree in Biology, go figure.”

 

 

When asking Pineros what his favorite picture of his recent body of work is, he replied, “After a Lesbian Kiss.” This is a photograph he took during the events of the Nashville LGBT Pride March in summer 2018.

“I love that it is controversial for the conservative society that dominates Nashville and Tennessee. The picture is about social justice and dignity for everyone despite their sexual orientation. It's about intolerance and disrespect from religion towards freedom of thought and love,” he explains.

 

 

His work definitely has a strong urban feel but David believes street photography in Nashville is not his speciality. His real interest gravitates towards the ironies of society, skin textures and culture. He explains, “For that, I don’t need a city, just a community here in my neighborhood or a tribal community in a remote place.”

 

 

You can follow David Pineros Photography on his instagram page here.