In September of 2011 after finishing a cycle of one year living and working in Detroit, USA and before tarting my next and current life cycle in Germany, I made a photography exhibition named “Carpetas de Viaje” or “Travel Albums” in Queretaro, Mexico at the Rehilette Gallery owned by Lilia Robles, my lovely and supporting mom.

Due to the fact that the Rehilette Gallery is a very small gallery and I wanted to show a relatively big number of photographs, to be more precise 180 pictures, I came up with the idea of displaying only one main photograph of each of the nine Travel Albums on the walls. Under each of the main photographs an actual album containing twenty photographs was placed, so that the visitor could sit on the gallery´s couch, watch and enjoy each album on its own pace.

This is the first post of a series of ten. Here I show the preface of the photography exhibition and the main photograph of each of the nine Travel Albums:

  1. Mexico
  2. Japan
  3. Central Europe
  4. The Mediterranean
  5. Australia
  6. New Zealand and Vanuatu
  7. Mid-West USA
  8. Eastern and Western USA
  9. Urban Art

By clicking on each of the main photographs you will be redirected to its belonging Travel Album where you will be able to read more about my experiences taking these pictures and most important you will be able to see each of the twenty photographs per Travel Album.

I will be gradually uploading each of the nein Travel Albums, so please subscribe to my blog if you want to receive a notice each time a new post is uploaded.

If you want to purchase a digital copy or a high quality print, please send me an Email to becerril.rene@gmail.com for more details.


 

Exhibition’s Flyer

Invitación Carpetas de Viaje
Cairn: A pile of stones left by a traveler as memory of its presence on a certain place

 


 

Travel Albums

A retrospective photography exhibit following the international journeys of René Becerril (Toluca, México, 1980) from 1998 through 2011, shows his self-guided development of photographic techniques through experimentation with the camera and dark room, study of photography books, patronage of art exhibits, and techniques learned through short photography courses.

In 1998 René began experimenting and discovering his passion of this means of expression with his first camera (mechanic Canon AE-1), a gift from his father and that was originally exchanged with his uncle for a few pesos and some books from his father’s library.

Travel Albums is composed of nine photography collections divided by the countries or regions in which René has lived or traveled. The albums of México and Europe show some of his first photographs (digitalized negatives), generally in black and white, while the rest of the albums show images taken with digital cameras and processed in various digital image Manipulation Softwares such as Lightroom and Photoshop.

Beyond showing to the spectator the mechanical reproduction of reality, René shows that there is an operator of flesh and blood behind the camera that during his travels experienced a simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of aesthetic forms which gave that event its own expression shown on a digital image.


 

Carpetas de Viaje

Exhibición fotográfica retrospectiva de los viajes que René Becerril (Toluca 1980) realizó entre 1998 y 2011, muestra el desarrollo autodidacta de técnicas fotográficas aprendidas a través de la experimentación con la cámara y cuarto oscuro, estudio de libros de fotografía, observación de exhibiciones de arte y técnicas aprendidas en cursos cortos de fotografía.

En 1998, René comenzó a experimentar y descubrir el gusto por este medio con su primera cámara (Canon AE-1 mecánica) regalo de su padre y que originalmente fue intercambiada con su tío por unos cuantos pesos y algunos libros de la biblioteca del padre de René.

Carpetas de Viaje consta de nueve colecciones fotográficas divididas por países o regiones en los que René ha vivido o en los que ha viajado. Las carpetas de México y Europa muestran algunas de sus primeras fotografías (negativos digitalizados) generalmente en blanco y negro, mientras que el resto de las carpetas muestran imágenes tomadas con cámaras digitales y procesadas en distintos programas de manipulación de imagen.

Más allá de mostrar al espectador la reproducción mecánica de la realidad, René hace notar que existe un operador de carne y hueso detrás de la cámara que, durante sus viajes experimentó en una fracción de segundo el significado tanto de un evento como de una precisa organización de formas estéticas que dieron a ese evento su propia expresión plasmada en una imagen sobre papel. 

 


 

Albums

México1

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Cowboy on Sunday, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2001

 

Japón1

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Bamboo tunnel, Kyoto, Japan, 2009

 

Europa_Central1

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Freiburg cathedral portal, Germany, 2010

 

Mediterráneo1

 

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Wrapped in thoughts and doves, Cordoba, Spain, 2003

 

Australia1

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Sacred water hole, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia, 2009

 

NZ_Vanuatu1

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Steam boat, Lake Waktipu, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2007

 

USA_midwest1

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Ballet dancer, Chicago, USA, 2010

 

USA_east_west1

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Corvette and Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA, 2010

 

Arte_urbano

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Banksy in Melbourne, Australia, 2008
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