BASICLYGEN is a weekly column focused on the worldwide generation of graduates and creatives and their COVID-19 self evolution. From fashion to lifestyle, BASICLYGEN represents a lighthouse in the dark and a symbol of hope for our 2021.
What is your story?, what do you do…?
I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I moved to London in 2017 and I’m currently studying photojournalism and documentary photography at London College of Communication. My current work focuses on visual comedy and conflicted scenarios in different social situations. Inspired by present events, I try to communicate my own perspective on the absurdity of the everyday, the normalization and humour that can be found on the disarray.
How has COVID-19 penalised or helped your creative process ? (Or music creation, fashion sense, work, photography, lifestyle..?)
When it comes to a career like documentary photography, the pandemic meant adaptation. Just because you can’t leave the house it doesn’t mean you can’t produce significant work. In contrast to doing my usual analogue photography I went for something different like found footage and google maps, which was the safest way of traveling both in space and time.
With so much time for reflection, I became more conscious about myself and what I want to do and which path I want to take my work. It troubles me to think that people’s mentality won’t change at all after COVID-19. I firmly believe it is a crucial time for change in so many aspects, starting from something as simple as the way we talk and treat each other.
What do you think are the best ways to keep up with the fashion trends nowadays ?
I personally don’t see myself as a fashionable person but I do admire the creativity and talent that can be found online, specially from young designers. I think it’s important to find different ways to get inspiration from rather than only sticking to social media, where things can get quite repetitive. Lately, I enjoyed watching documentaries about different fashion designers, which was eye opening for me as a person who didn’t know anything about fashion and had a different perception about it. Photobooks can also be quite influential and helpful. I recommend the documentary Martin Margiela in his own words and any Guy Bourdin photobook.
How do you see yourself in the future? / what are your hopes, your aims?
If there is one thing I learned in the last couple of years, is that as much as we want to control everything, we cannot predict it all. I want to take my photography on a whole different level and style, so my biggest goal right now is to learn and stay curious. I am planning to publish a few zines and photobooks and that is what I want to achieve in the next couple years.
Show us 5 of your favorite songs
-Carmensita by Devendra Banhart
-Tubature by Giorgio Poi
-Harvest moon by Poolside
-La rebelión by Joe Arroyo
-Valle de Valium by Babasonicos