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03.08.2019 Fernando Moleres

Personal Best vol.17 | Fernando Moleres

Fernando Moleres

Born in Bilbao 1963. Based in Barcelona.
Grants and Awards
Tim Hetheringtom Grant Award by Human Right Watch and World Press Photo.
Deeper Perspective Award, Lucie Awards 2012, Los Angeles (USA)
Finalist W. Eugene Smith prize 2011.
Leica prize in 8th Festival Images, Vevey 2011
POY Picuture Of The Year 2011: World Understanding Award
World Press Photo 2011, Daily Life Series – Juveniles in Prision
Beca Revela 2009. Children in African prisons.
World Press Photo 2003, series Art, Amsterdam.
W. Eugene Smith Prize (2 prize) 1999. New York.
World Press Photo, series daily life. 1998. Amsterdam.
Eugene Smith Prize, 1997. New York, USA.
Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, 1996. Sweden Finalist
International Prize "Juan Carlos King of Spain", 1995.Spain
Mother Jones Grant, 1994. Los Angeles, USA.

Gears:

  • FUJIFILM GFX 50S
  • GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro
  • FUJIFILM X-T1
  • XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
  • XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

For more than 25 years, I have photographed current events related to human rights. Some of these stories, such as child labor exploitation or minors in jail, deliver unquestionable evidence of situations that should be resolved. Nowadays I am focused on climate change.

Documentary photography is, for me, a life-affirming attitude, a tool that lets me approach situations that captivate me, concern me, and encourage me to take part. Being a freelancer lets me work on personal projects over a long period of time.

This photo was taken during my first trip to Greenland. I was in Qequertarsuaq Harbor, waiting for the boat back, and I saw this spectacle of clouds folded against the mountains of the island. I quickly grabbed my camera and went to the other side of the village to photograph the sky with the icebergs at DiskoBay

Shot on X-T1 with XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS August 17, 2014 Fernando Moleres

From August 2015 until September 2017, I made several trips to Greenland and Iceland to photograph the places most vulnerable to the effects of a warming planet. My goal is both to make a statement about climate change and to capture the aesthetic beauty of these monochromatic landscapes, to show the harshness and, at the same time, the fragility of the Arctic.

I didn’t want to emphasize colors or size. My intention was to reduce the context radically, to the point that it erases any visual reference and creates empty spaces. The witnesses and the emptiness work as a symbol of a place that could disappear.

X-T1 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Sled dogs in Ilulissat, west Greenland.

GFX 50S & GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro

Vatnajokull is a massive glacier that covers around 8% of Iceland.
But Iceland’s glaciers continue to melt — the island loses about 11 billion tons of ice per year.
Scientists say the geological record from the end of the last ice age indicates that Iceland saw an increase in volcanic activity after the glaciers retreated.
The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull colored Icelandic glaciers

X-T1 & XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

The marine ice starts to break in Disko Bay, Greenland. In earlier times, the natives used the frozen sea as a huge “road” to travel and hunt, but today, due to global warming, the ice cap is weak and dangerous to travel on.

X-T1 & XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

One of the best landscapes that I have ever seen is the Jakobshavn Glacier icefjord, where giant
icebergs are trapped at the mouth of the fjord just before they are released into the sea.

X-T1 & XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

The hardest landscapes to access were the sea in Greenland. The subzero temperatures meant I had to wear three layers of clothing. I always traveled with local fishermen to photograph Jakobshanvn Glacier and took ferry boats to move about in Disko Bay. Navigating near the giant icebergs is pretty dangerous, because if they break, they create big waves that would capsize the boat, and falling into the sea means certain death.

GFX 50S & GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro

Taking photos with the GFX camera (like this one) is a great pleasure, because you know that the details it captures will allow you to create giant prints with excellent sharpness.

X-T1 & XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

For me, this photo represents climate change. These landscapes of ice formed in an immemorial time are like time capsules that drift silently towards the fading horizon, there on the limits of what’s visible.

X-T1 & XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

Icebergs from Jakobshavn Glacier melting in Disko Bay above the Arctic Circle.
The marine ice has decreased by nearly 70 % in the summer since 1950, and in a few years, the Arctic Sea will be free of ice, opening up the Northern Passage and including the Artic Sea in the world’s maritime routes.

GFX 50S & GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro

The death of the icebergs on the beaches in southern Iceland.

Read more on “Personal Best”

Vol.1- Flemming Bo Jensen
Vol.2- Pieter D’Hoop
Vol.3- Santiago Escobar-Jarmillo
Vol.4- Stefan Finger
Vol.5- Xyza Cruz Bacani
Vol.6- Christian Bobst
Vol.7- Tomasz Lazar
Vol.8- Eamonn McCarthy
Vol.9- Faruk Akbaş
Vol.10- Kevin Mullins