Duo from Valencia Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda (before) give everyday surroundings and architectural backdrops a playful touch. Whether they’re spreading a skirt in a wide, kitschy grin, posing to prop up the stripes of a facade, or grabbing the tail of a balloon that looks like a tethered sun, their minimal compositions transform geometric elements and open spaces into theater scenes full of humor and joy.
Devís tells Colossal that every narrative-driven image is the result of extensive planning that begins with an initial sketch, combines a concept and a location, and later constructs the props. They don’t use image editing software, which means that every shot is precisely composed on-site using natural light, a process she explains:
We carefully stage the stage with all kinds of everyday objects, colorful papers, matching outfits and lots of natural light. At first glance, you might think that most of our images are not very difficult to capture because of their humble appearance. But over the years we’ve learned that achieving this level of simplicity is really, really complicated.
In the coming months, the duo plan to travel to different places for photo shoots – “There are a lot of nice places we’d like to tell a story, but we haven’t figured it out yet,” says Devís – and we’re working on one forthcoming book and some exhibitions. You will find an extensive archive for both Devís and Ruedas Instagrams and buy prints her side.
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