In May 84/85, on our honeymoon, we went to eat at a typical restaurant on the Catalan coast, which was almost empty, and the lady who served us sat down with us at the table. During the conversation she told us that her "boy", who at that time was doing his military service, was going to become the best cook in the world. A few years later I remembered this conversation when I saw on the news that the restaurant where we ate that day was El Bulli and this fact stuck in my memory.
The summer of 2020 we were on vacation in Asturias and in the port of Llanes. We saw people milling around in front of a fishing boat that was unloading its nets to overflowing. As we approached, what a surprise to see that they were not fish, but seaweed.
The next day, walking along the beach I saw on the sand the algae, called ocle in Bable, forming beautiful abstractions that inspired me and I began to photograph with my cell phone those artistic forms that nature lent me. After publishing the photographs the Art Critic Joan Lluís Montané, contacted me, interested in the series, and I discovered an article in "El Mundo" entitled:
"El milagro del ocle asturiano: de desecho del mar a 'oro rojo' de la alta cocina" (The miracle of the Asturian ocle: from sea waste to 'red gold' of haute cuisine)."
I was delighted to learn that Ferrán Adrià was the alchemist who helped so many people out of scarcity and find novel uses for this natural and sustainable resource. I contacted him to tell him such a beautiful story of synchronicities and he liked it so much that he accepted the gift of Ocle 5, which appears in the photograph. I feel very satisfied to have closed the circle and to have been able to capture in my work the story of the Ocle, that gift of the sea that we have finally been able to appreciate, especially at a time of such high environmental sensitivity as this.
A dazzling inspiration came to me in the summertime in 2020. Vacations in Asturias and in the port of Llanes. We saw people roaming a fishing boat unloading its overflowing nets. Much to my surprise, it was not fish but algae. Heartily amazed I was! The day after, I saw the algae on the sand, called OCLE, as I walked around the beach. Seeing the algae forming beautiful abstractions inspired me a lot, and then I took my mobile to photograph those artistic forms that the nature exhibits to the World. And I tell you, photographing wonderful abstracted algae is singular than ever!
Admiring the series, the art critic Joan Lluis Montané contacted me after the published photographs. One more thing, I knew that Ferran Adrià was the alchemist assisting several people to escape from scarcity and find new uses for this natural and sustainable resource. Firmly decided, I contacted him to share such fabulous story of synchronicities. He adored it, accepted my Ocle 5 as a gift and since then, we have been a team. OCLE/algae’s quantum photographs are good vibes in my professional journey!
From then onwards, selling abstract photographic works named OCLE is my project as a quantum artist. I use photography, video and installations. I invite you to check on my website. You will find the photograph of Ferran Andrià with my work.
I feel extremely proud of myself to adhere the OCLE in my art. Have you ever imagined photographing algae?