Paula Prats is a spanish photographer who received a BA from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In 2012, she obtained a grant to work at the National Museum of Photography in Reykjavik. Her work has been exhibited individually and collectively participating in shows in Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Iceland.
ÍS, her lasest series, she enters into a world of whites, almost imperceptible to the untrained eye, which highlights even more the small details, including touches of color. There is a duality and ambiguity in her pictures, what you see and what you feel about the images is not always the same.
"IS" are not only the initials of the country where the photographs were taken, Iceland, but it originally means "ice" in icelandic, undisputed star of this work. In it the desire to know and to live in a different culture and vitality is palpable. Prats is constantly looking for the experience of the new in order to catch it in an instant. Travel is a constant in her life, travel as the keystone of her creativity.
Q. If you should describe your photography as only 3 keywords, what would you do?
Stillness, Ambiguity, Simplicity.
You can find a minimal and tranquil tone in my images, yet there is in a way a feeling of mystery and ambiguity.
Q. If there are reasons why we should take a photograph while we live, what do you say?
From my personal point of view, taking pictures means a way to abstract the world into what I want to keep from it, certain ideas, sensations… creating a new one, my own.
Q. What is the most impressive quotation on photography?
It is a sentence that influenced me when I started taking pictures as I was so drawn to travel, by Wolfgang Tillmans.
“In order to engage in an ‘experiencing the world’, one has to physically move oneself to the most diverse places on earth”