When we take photographs, there is a strong argument to say that what we are really taking is more about ourselves than the subject.
Take the criticism of Diane Arbus’ work for example, her work is seen more of an exploration of herself than of the subjects you photographed. Unsure of herself she explored the lives of others.
Ángel Guzmán’s work is a reflective look at his younger cousins life as lonely child. Seeing yourself in your subjects and identifying with them is often a motivation for seeking out such images, Ångel’s work is an exploration of self, vicariously reliving his childhood through his cousin’s play.
“i identify with the fact of living in a empty house while waiting for the arrival of your family, all this becomes a reflection of oneself and the neglect to children from an early age due to the obligation of parents to work to raise their children”
Ångel documents his cousins playful manner in black and white with a front facing flash, this serves to give series a slight ominous tone to it. The photographic style contrasted the the playful manor of his cousin creates a beautiful contrasting series.
Ángel is 23 and lives in mexico, you can find more of Ángel Guzmán's work here
Ángel took the time to email us in english and spanish so only fitting we leave here his original email in Spanish.
Este proyecto intenta documentar la infancia solitaria de mi pequeña prima de 9 años, Nadia, quien como yo a la misma edad deambulaba solo por casa de mi abuela mientras mis padres trabajaban todo el día, el sentirte identificado con el hecho de esa convivencia con una casa vacía mientras esperas la llegada de tu familia, todo esto se convierte en el reflejo de uno mismo y de la desatención a la infancia desde temprana edad debido a la obligación de los padres a trabajar y sacar adelante a sus hijos