Francisco Valdes

b.1968, in Santiago, Chile. Lives and works in London. 

Francisco Valdes’ Dark Room series explores the way optical sensations produced by natural light and atmospheric conditions can be represented. His work also takes into account the effect that blinding photographic flashes and artificial lights have on hindering our gaze. Darkroom I encapsulates what a viewer might see when partially blinded by such lights in a room.

In Darkroom S1, the artist experiments with the way our gaze perceives darkness. This work captures the partial blindness we may have when in a badly illuminated room.

In Darkroom S2, Francisco studies the optical sensations brought about by artificial light. It is a much brighter work than Darkroom S1, and the viewer is able to make out what is in the room.