Beberly Estay

(b-1991)

Studies; Design in Visual Communication at Metropolitan Technological University (UTEM), Professional Photography at the Institute of Art and Communication (ARCOS) and Art Direction at Chilean Film School.

Since 2009, I have been performing art and photography installations and exhibitions in Santiago de Chile. In the year 2015 I held a workshop on female photography and self-portrait, aimed at women of all ages, focused on self-knowledge through the language of images and the exploration of photographic techniques that allow them to communicate it. This workshop culminates with a beautiful exhibition of its participants.

My Photographic work tries to propose a searching of new points of view; perspectives since photography began again to observe the world. Mainly relates to vertical frames the forgotten spaces of the traditional photographic practice of keeping the eyes within the frame, mobilizing the physical and psychological act of seeing in thru new directions and possible readings.

The portraits of Jade, Sara and Marta; are part of a series of portraits made to women of different ages, conditions, origins and religion, by pinhole photography, with a specially designed camera for this project. In them, each new capture shows the woman image in relation with her space, united to a sky and earth as a transverse axis that unifies us and differences in relation to other women. In the composition of this pictures also the borders of the photographic image are emphasized as a regard of its technical nature, and the distance that we have as observers of the own subject.

The self-portrait belongs to a vertical three-part work that inserts my own image in three relevant aspects of human being, placed in context; material, spiritual and social. This image reply to the first matter mentioned, symbolizing my own death.

The vertical polyptychs about sea and mountain are part of a composition exercise that generates a  visual travel from point zero;  where the photographer’s feet touche the ground at the moment the picture is made, in ascension until the zenith, where the head connects the sky and  the infinite space. These shots were done in two important geographic points in reference of the context and identity of the author, as they are the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In which the traditional panoramic view is replaced by a new way to observing the landscape and own space.