Tell us about yourself.
My name is D. Garcerán, I live near Barcelona, Spain, and I take pictures of punk bands when I can, and of other things that happen in my life.
What content do you like to create?
I like to take pictures in black and white that make you feel impressed, of things you normally don’t see because they happen too fast or in places that normal people don’t go to. It’s kind of easy to do that in punk, because many times the bands show feelings like rage that you can see on a picture taken in the right moment, but sometimes is hard to realize about that in the middle of a show. It could be like these slow motion videos of a bullet going through a balloon full of water. Maybe you can’t see it in, but it happens, and it looks great. That’s what I like to capture.
When did you decided to start documenting the punk scene?
I started in 2015, in a show of Una Bestia Incontrolable, Siega and Vexx (from Olympia) I think. One of the coolest shows I’ve ever been. It was in Roquetes, in Barcelona, and it was full of people. I remember taking the pictures thinking they would look really bad, but the ones of Vexx look okay I think!
What is your main medium?
I use a Praktica Super TL1000 since september of 2015, and black and white 400 ISO film, like Ilford HP5 and Kodak Tri-X 400.
What would you say the main narrative behind your work is?
I like to document people. Right now I’m focused on people playing in punk bands, but tomorrow it could be another thing. When I was in the US this year, I took pictures of people that I really like, maybe they aren’t impressive like a punk screaming, but they have something that makes them interesting for me. You can capture something that isn’t visible on the first sight in many different people, you just have to look for them.
“I keep taking pictures because the world has infinite different situations that I would take pictures of, and I want to be ready for them.”
What drives you as an artist?
I don’t think I’m an artist, I hope I will someday, but right now I’m just learning. I keep taking pictures because the world has infinite different situations that I would take pictures of, and I want to be ready for them. To document something that nobody is able to document is a great feeling. Not because of being the only one and getting all the attention on that matter – I don’t care about that – but because I like to be the one filling the gap, caring about what other people don’t care, and doing it in the best way I can.
What did you do before you were a photographer?
I don’t think I’ve ever done anything special before I started to take pictures. Maybe playing guitar, go to shows and skate with my friends. Oh, and playing videogames, I wasted too much time with that.
Who do you look up to in the creative world?
In photography, Moholy-Nagy and Magnum photographers has always been an inspiration, but Lorca, Tolstoi, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, etc. are way more important or interesting for me. The list could be so long, but it would be only filled with “classic” names, because I think I can only learn from who inspired those who can be an inspiration.
Anything we can look forward to?
More photos of punk, more photos of travels, and hopefully my first printed publication. Also my first exhibition that probably will happen in September, in Barcelona.
Out of all the projects you have been apart of commission based or personal, which has been your favourite?
My favorite sets of pictures are the ones of Pesadilla and of Snor (from Malmo, Sweden). The singers of both bands were great, and I’ve been able to take pictures of them a couple of times. The results have been always so good! But my favorite picture is the one I took of a man in front of the sea in Sitges, staring at the waves.
Any last words?
Don’t use a camera that does everything for you.