Artist Spotlight: Pol Ubeda Hervas

"I'm Not There" is a series of photographs that depicts a man looking at his shadows, but never revealing the identity of the man himself, except for his shoes. Using the invisible man concept with an added twist, the photographs represent a time in our lives when we don't recognise who we are.

“I’m Not There” by Barcelona-based photographer Pol Ubeda Hervas is an interesting set of images showing sneakers and shadows, while the person we’d expect wearing the sneakers is missing. It somewhat seems as if the shadow would belong to an invisible individual, and hey, I wouldn’t mind having that ability.

“How can we accept that we are changing?
How can we accept we hardly recognize ourselves in certain situations?
I am changing at this very moment of my life.
I do not react in the same ways I used to. I am surprised. Is that me?
These pictures are the way I see myself now.
My shadow is there but I erase myself because I don´t know who I am any longer.
The shoes remain only to make sure there is something more than… a shadow.”

This excerpt from Hervas’ flikr really struck a chord with me. These series of photographs are meant to represent a time in our lives when we don’t recognise ourselves, and I’m sure we’ve all felt that way at one point in our lives, right?

When we’ve all had that time of panic, whilst stuck in our dead-end jobs/lives and felt like we were losing touch with our true selves, pondering the question ‘What am I doing with my life?’ I’ve been there. Many times. Past and present. It’s a feeling that I guarantee you will experience at least once in your lives.

Even Hervas feels it – “I don’t recognize myself any more. These photos express this feeling.”

The fact that only the shadows are showing in each photograph shows that this concept is very simple, but the meaning behind it is thought provoking. I like it. Do you?