Txema Salvans • Perfect Day
Please introduce yourself: what’s your name, where are you from, what do you do?
My name is Txema Salvans, I was born 1971 in Barcelona where I still reside to this day.
What is your relationship with photography? How did you get into it & and what keeps you interested/ motivated?
Like all photographers, I try to find a personal voice, and probably because I studied science at university – I studied biology – I feel comfortable speaking about things that I can understand. That’s why I take photos about my own culture, people and landscapes. I have to have a physical connection with the landscapes and an emotional connection with the people. For the last twenty years I have focused on a big project, taking photos all along the Spanish Mediterranean Coast. And more precisely on how people spend their free time. Being part of this reality helps me to be more critical and to go deeper into Spanish culture.
As a photographer I try to take good photos, whatever that means, but as an author I try to find universal concepts; as all photographers know the “big question” in photography is: how am I going to photograph what I want to photograph? It doesn’t matter how great your idea is if you don´t have access to it. So, we always need a strategy.
Tell me about your project Perfect Day, what was the driving force behind creating it? What was your intention? How did you come up with the Idea?
My current work-in progress, the name of this project, like the song, is “Perfect Day.” Once again it is about a Mediterranean photography trip, with my back to the sea. Never will you see the reason why these people are there, I mean by the sea. This project is the summation of my two previous projects The Waiting Game and My Kingdom. You will find the same subjects of My Kingdom and the tempo and light of The Waiting Game. And even though I’m still working on conceptual aspects I have the intuition that this is a work about happiness. It’s a collection of people looking for happiness.
What are you currently working on, and – if there is – what is your next project/ journey?
In this moment I’m still working on Perfect Day and on the third and last book of the trilogy The Waiting Game. In this project I had to reconcile two photographic concepts that I have always been uncomfortable with: The concept that the more beautiful the image is, the more successful it becomes. But, for me, sometimes the more beautiful the image is, the more difficult it is for people to empathize with the subject of the photo. And secondly, the dominant character of the photographer, who many times, imposes his will over the subject being photographed. I dare to say I think that these two ideas happen from the most innocent street photography to the most exciting war photography.