Stories within a story
With Inner Tales I'm not trying to dissimulate nor to hide myself. I narrate stories within my own story. A process that keeps growing, with constant learning, search and evolution that starts on my insatiable instinct to capture environments and my own body. I treat light like another narrative element that illuminates the mystery.
This work began as a need to capture the territory of abstraction: emotions and feelings, images of the soul.
Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987). Irene discovers through her series, "Seele" from the project Inner Tales, a light that belongs to her. This outcome takes place in Germany with an encounter so vivid and impressing, she feels as if her Northern Europe will always hold a light to be discovered and learnt anew.
Such a discovery is rare among photographers and to document and appreciate such an event requires focus and diligence. As such, investigations as these abound with youth and
enthusiasm and naturally appeal to the eye and mind of many a young photographer. Irene not only speaks of light, also of the self and her position in the world, and in life. Her work plays out on poetic waters exemplifying both nihilism and romanticism. Irene, unwittingly, is reviewing certain forgotten archetypes of the feminine and through this act, she emerges self assured on the essential.
Irene Cruz, creates micro-stories in which she relates her own identity and the a landscape as an emotional fact.
Her extraordinary series "Inner Tales", are short stories on loneliness, which is photographic work carried out in North European countries, which in light and color could remind us of filmmakers such as Kaurismaki.
Inner tales are told simply to entertain or to share a moment of your life with others. In either case the story often has symbolic and psycological significance. There is often some parallel between the two stories, and the fiction of the inner story is used to reveal the truth in the outer story.
The device of stories within a story dates back to a resource known as a frame story, when the outer story does not have much content, and most of the bulk of the work consists of one or more complete stories told by one storyteller.
"Inner tales" is a work in which I study the self-portrait as a form of storytelling.