Rusting light: catch Fernando Manso’s stunning photographs in Dubai
There’s a stillness and a solitude to Fernando Manso’s photography. His beguiling urban landscapes are less about what is there than what once was: he captures decaying bridges and docks, obsolete machines and empty buildings, none of which are interrupted by humans or traces of recent human activity. As a result, they manage to be both nostalgic but also dystopian. Humans were here but now they’ve long since departed, taking their ideas and activity elsewhere.
They’re not merely photographs, though. Manso captures his scenes in long exposures and physically manipulates his negatives, adding a textured final layer to each composition.
The palette of greyish blue, accented by the reddish brown of oxidised metal, typifies the organic feel of his work, as though they’ve been left to left to interract with elements in the same way his subjects have.
RIRA Gallery is carrying Manso’s latest collection of works, Luz Oxidada or “rusting light”, from April 22-30 in their DIFC space. The images on display will be available for purchase in the form of limited edition prints.