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Posted on October 02, 2018

Nightmares

And

Dreams

words / Nicolás Hernández

The  NGHTMRSNDRMS  Project,  how  I  call  it,  began  when  I  was  16  years  old.  I’m about to be 37 now. I was trying to define a series of feelings I liked to keep hidden from  everybody.  Originally, the  project  was  called  “Nightmares  and  Dreams,”  but with  time  I ended  up  removing  the  vowels, just  for  fashion, it’s  the easiest way  to explain it. To make it sound the less complex possible, I bring the nightmare with my shadows, and the models bring the dreams with their light and beauty. 

I swear I try to  add light  to my work  but  at  the  end,  they  always  have  these  dark  tones  I  can’t avoid, it’s part of my personality, something I just can’t explain and something that, up  to  this  day,  I  still  don't  know  how  to  overcome. This  continuous  fight  between light and shadows is what, I consider, gives beauty to my photography process. I am not  a  purist,  raw  images  disturb  me,  I  have  to  intervene  them,  in  a  way,  destroy them, make them my own, and I only can do that with digital machinery, that’s why the  slogan  of  my  project  is  “Playing  with  cameras  and  computers”.  A  finished photograph is nothing more than the result of a kid playing with his toys.

The  project  has  allowed  me  to  meet  and  shoot  a  variety  type  of people, women mostly, of different origins and styles. I like the idea of  exploring the models’ personality throughout the shooting, they arrive inside of a shell and I can witness how they begin to unveil and liberate their true self, accompanied by some joyful music and a very comfortable atmosphere. 

I love the sea, my last publications have had it as a background, and I enjoy the vibe it  transmits  to  women.  I  always  try  to  find  sceneries  with  multiple  shapes  and colors, so they can help construct a kind of different concept, not all the beauty in a picture  has  to  come  from  the  model,  I  enjoy  giving  the  background  its  deserve relevance. For esthetic, I ask the models to paint their nails white; I like the way the nails shine in the dark areas.

I always hope that people can see something interesting in my work, it’s not perfect, but I can assure you it has been made with passion and dedication. I can expend hours shooting under sun or rain, and then expend days in front of a computer making ten versions of the same image, this creative process is a lifestyle, I enjoy every part of it and I try very hard that my enjoyment can be reflected in my photographs, like the ones I’m sharing today with you.

photography / Nicolás Hernández