Tales Of Lanzarote, Looking For The Light
Photography by Seigar
There is something magical about Lanzarote, and that is César Manrique, the artist that understood the light of the island. Unfairly known as Lanzagrotty, this paradise just needed a frame to be shown and that was his legacy: “Lanzarote is like an unframed, unmounted work of art and I hung it and held it up for all to see”- he said. This series of photographs was taken during the Carnival week,in February of 2018, but it won’t be until the confinement due to the corona virus pandemia that I would sit and go through them at my apartment in Tenerife, Spain. I selected and edited these images to escape from reality and to find some light. These memories worked as my refuge. In the set, I found all my fetishes in photography, and I was shocked by its light. Lanzarote is radiant, and César was able to create there an impressive arquitecture, interior design, painting and sculpture respecting the environment. He knew how to melt the materials with the island to make it shine and glow. There is an anecdote that always excites me about this visionary, and is the fact that he believed all the workers and builders were themselves artists. He explained them the way he viewed their jobs and they understood him, they were creating art. This a beautiful and human story that gives me so much hope and positive vibes because it means art can really change us. Welcome to Tales of Lanzarote, my personal pop tribute to the genius and his island.