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CARAcas / Photography by Aaron Sosa / Text Kelly Martínez

The city and the mask, the Caracas of Aaron Sosa.

What does one think of when one thinks of Caracas? When one is far away? When one doesn't know it? When one is there, experiencing home and climate? It is complex and useless to try to define this city, this geography trapped between mountains, this mixture of different bloods, languages, idiosyncracies, and cultures.

Caracas as photographed by Sosa has taken off the "mask" to become a "face". Before him, the city strips and reveals its most intimate truths. It tells little secrets to the camera of this oblique spectator, of this artisan of shadows and reflections. His images perfectly define that lapidary phrase of "mirrors and windows" spoken by photography critic John Szarkowski and what was the title for what continues to be, perhaps, his most famous essay. Not only because for Sosa photography is a window where the image of his soul is projected, but rather - and above everything - because he uses these elements as a tool to make up a Caracas that reveals itself in its smallest details. Details that reunite, pertinently, the phases and face of an endless space and life, in eternal construction.

The typical symbols of identity of Caracas will not be found here; they are not typical postcard images. There are no Central Park towers, Bolivar Square, or Misses with a crown and sparkles. Sosa's photographs deconstruct the myth in order to seize the reality of a city that, like all cities, always exceeds the drama of the representations even when the photograph itself is a representation.

In this particular case, the discovery of a difficult city, that hides horrors behind the beauty and beauty behind the terrible. His photographs are proof of this, of what he reveals by hiding and hides by revealing. It's a Caracas that sometimes splits open the masks to expose the changeable truth of its face.

Kelly Martínez.

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Comment by Aaron Sosa on July 6, 2011 at 12:17pm

Thank you very much for your comment Rich. Grateful to see the work.

The best!

 

A.S.

Comment by Rich Kambak on June 30, 2011 at 7:10am
Aaron you always take me to a place of a distant world that is very much my neighbor.  The courage you display in capturing the gritty side of life, the inner city dweller milieu is... "the phases and face of an endless space and life, in eternal construction.  You particular style, the slanted perspective adds a dramatic impact unlike none other.  Keep up the brilliant work!!  Rich
Comment by Ashley Gilbertson on June 29, 2011 at 10:30am
I much prefer it! It gives more time to dwell in my own way, and time.
Comment by Aaron Sosa on June 26, 2011 at 11:49am

Thank you for your comment Ashley, here I leave you a slideshow without music in my website:

http://aaronsosa.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000Zd6w_bL6Az...

Cheers, A.S.

 

A.S.

Comment by Ashley Gilbertson on June 25, 2011 at 8:44pm
Great piece, and well produced. I'd strongly suggest less text boxes, and when you show them (if you have to at all) make them shorter. Also, I love multimedia with sound from the actual place - do you have any? I don't really get the music... with it as it is, I'd prefer a slideshow, silent. Great work though, good job.

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