About The Work
Teratology is a series that explores the perception of monsters in modern societies by placing them in everyday situations and environments. The series consists of 11 digitally manipulated color images. The Project was developed in three stages: Personal, Individual and Collective. In the Personal stage I compared my early fascination with monsters and my modern perception, being a self-portrait as a monster the result of this stage. People were contacted through the Internet for the Individual stage. After explaining the concept of the project to them they were asked to pose naked reenacting an activity that they do often in the place where they usually perform that activity (kitchen, the park where they walk the dog, etc.) Subsequently the manipulated images were presented to the people portrayed generating different reactions that went from an initial repulsion that gradually mutated as the persons started to recognize themselves in some elements. The Collective stage presents the images to the public, which even if the creatures depicted are unknown will identify themselves in some elements (anatomically and culturally). Monsters have been perceived differently through time, and from one culture to another. Feared by some and admired by others, praised like gods or despised as aberrations, monsters are part of nature and all human societies. Teratology, from the Greek teratos (monster or marvel), and logos (study of) is a series that explores the modern perception of monsters by placing them in everyday situations and common places, and by highlighting the similarities rather than the differences with the normal people.
WHAT TYPE OF PAPER IS THE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON?
All prints are Digital Pigment prints on museum-quality acid-free papers such as Museum Etching, Canson Rag and Arches Velin. These papers are designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades 200 years old. The choice of paper is suggested by the Photographer according to his or her preferences.
WHAT IS THE PRINTING PROCESS USED?
All prints are Digital Pigment Prints using the latest top of the line technology, archival high dynamic inks and 200 years old life paper.
IS THE IMAGE SIZE THE SAME AS THE PAPER SIZE?
NO! Our prints are on standard paper sizes and we don’t alter the image size and proportions to fit the paper. Each print has a minimum of 0.5 inch white border. This is an artistic decision that belongs to the artist. Margins don’t normally exceed 2-4 inches on each side depending on the final paper size.
Victor Vargas Villafuerte is a Mexican independent filmmaker and photographer. He moved to Montreal in 2008 to study and work as a director and photographer.
With his documentary “Paal” he won many prices in film festivals around the world and was nominated to the Mexican Academy Award in 2013. His still photography has been recognized worldwide including first price at the Sony World Photo Awards in 2012.
Currently he works as a freelance photographer and director. Victor is represented by The Print Atelier.
For more information about Victor, visit www.vvvphoto.com