Jesús Madriñán – Good Night London
“Good Night London” is a series of documentary portraits taken in several London night clubs. Placing the interest in such a hostile scenario, this series develops exploring how artificial environments work as a key element in teenager’s identity construction.
Studio conventional photography is then taken out of context, invading such a complex scenario. The calm and inspiration of a studio is here substituted by the hostile and noisy nightclub as a background, in which the characters will be casted at the very end of the night, just when the club is about to close.
Just like the many other elements of a night out, being exposed to the camera will offer portraiture and portrayed another twist of the game, in which to invent a way to project theirselves according to whatever narrative they may want to contract. Putting the individuals in front of a camera and lights, allows to capture the projection of whatever they want to show. “Good Night London” freezes real scenes, turning the noisy and the wild into an atmosphere of calm and serenity.
Other images and interesting projects on Jesus Madrinan’s website. Jesús Madrinan was born in 1984, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He graduated in Photography by Central Saint Martins (London). Among others, he has been awarded with the 2nd Portrait Prize in the International Photography Awards 2011 (New York), the OCEMX Award from the Spanish Embassy in Mexico, the eCREA Prize in the EMERGENT International Visual Arts Festival 2011 and the Laszlo Foundation Prize of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (UK). Also, Jesus Madrinan has shown his work in the portfolio viewing of the Photomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland) and in publications like The New York Times Magazine.
“Jesus Madrinan works in series that arise from his own experiences, reflecting his own enviroment and personal reality. Halfway between documentary photography and stage photography, Madrinan moves along the line between document and fiction. A line that he molds and reinvents, giving the real an aura of artificiality, presenting a theatrical world in which their residents seem to be actors inhabiting a scene.”