My name is Antonio Romero, and I was born in Granada (Spain), in a small mountain village.
My passion for the hidden reality that narrates us our invisible nature, it dates back to my teenage years, when I first observed, through a petrographic microscope, a thin slice of sedimentary rock. It contained an astounding amount of single-cell microfossils, petrified hundreds of millions of years ago but still telling a rich story about their morphology, their habitat, their staggering biodiversity, and their role in our evolutionary history. Their narration took the form of a microlandscape, like an endless mass grave full of delicate lying bodies.
Such secret scenes can be found in many of the rocks we step on while taking a walk in the park, or the countryside. Or those we make jump on the surface of the water. Never we stopping to think of the tiny world they occult.
I was captivated by the expressive strength and knowledge that image contained, and felt that I wanted to retain it in my memory with the help of a photograph.
From that moment on I decided to learn the knowledge required to capture my encounters with these microspaces: photography technique and aesthetics, microscopy, etc. And acquire the necessary scientific background.
My career can be divided into three stages.
In the first stage my photographs had a predominantly scientific and documentary character. At the same time, I cultivated my aesthetic passion for these subjects. This was the most technical and objective use of my images, targeted at a specialized academic audience. The photographs were included in research papers, contributions to scientific conferences, PhD dissertations, and others. My works were published mainly in Spain, e.g., of researchers from the universities of Granada and Málaga (Spain), and from research centers. However, all the while my interest was being drawn to the aesthetic aspects.
Some years later my production was of a more creative nature, and has been published in the international sphere. I sought plasticity and aesthetically pleasing elements without neglecting the requirements of scientific rigor. These images were issued in the cover of academic journals, popular science magazines, and others.
The experiences I have collected in the decades elapsed since my beginnings, they provide the aesthetic framework, conceptually and visually, to my most recent projects.
The latest stage of my production, which might be described as "creative scientific photography," is aimed at art galleries, exhibition spaces, and museums. The projects of this stage are the result of several passionate encounters with the invisible nature of the microcosm, and the images I have produced aspiring to be "walk through the microspaces" of a parallel world that is invisible to the naked eye.
Encounters and messages which always I had the inner need to share.
"Aesthetic philosophy studies and investigates the origin of pure feeling and its manifestation, that is Art."
Immanuel Kant (Critique of Judgment).