Nacho Ormaechea is a Paris-based graphic designer and artist who uses the figures of people on the street as contours for his intriguing collages and photomontages. We caught up with him over email for this short interview. Untitled 70, which can be seen in the images above, has never been published on any other media.
What are the biggest inspirations behind your work?
I think everything starts with the people who surround me, be they relatives, friends or people from the street. I draw inspiration from their lives, or lives that I conjure up from my imagination. There is always a moment where I can catch a glimpse of the complexity of those lives, a connection between my own feelings and that of their experiences.
I work on those fleeting moments, sort of making them mine or at least using the figure caught by my camera. In doing so, I convey ideas and emotions that, in turn, will be hijacked and read subjectively by every spectator of my work.
Tell us more about your creative process and how you decide on which images you like.
The photos I create are always mainly driven by a conceptual process. Once I have figured out the idea and chosen carefully my ''ticket'' (2 pictures that will perfectly work together according to this idea), I spend a tremendous lot of time on the aesthetic presentation of this combination, even though sometimes it won't show. This work at the pixel level, this time spent to clean, process and make the visual neat is paramount to me; it helps me think about what message I want to convey. My ultimate goal is for the works to speak for themselves: I address multiple spectators and encourage multiple readings of the same photo.
Any upcoming projects?
I'll spend next summer in New York City not only to feed the ''Street Memories'' series with the City's energy, but also to work on new projects.
See more of Nacho's work on his website at www.lecarnetnoir.com