The series Beyond the Horizon lends itself perfectly to the platinotype process. Viewers are invited to enter into the images, to immerse themselves in the sensual seascapes and landscapes, even to the point of forgetting themselves.
Beyond the horizon speaks of that nonexistent line, the frontier between our existence and that of our imagination, where a dialogue between the real and the illusory is established. From a voyage abroad to the search for ourselves, where what is important is not the destination but the experience. A place where the softness of water becomes the hardness of stone, where movement merges with calm.
Through an infinite journey, by distancing us from what is close to us, Beyond the horizon brings us back invariably to the point of departure.
Born in Madrid in 1960, Carlos Barrantes is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie in Arles. In 1993 he created a custom darkroom laboratory where he mastered several historic printing processes. He spécialisés in platinotypes and carbon prints, to which he has added platinum-chrome, a hybrid photochemical-digital process. He also makes traditional silver prints as well as practising other early processes (salt paper, albumen, gum bichromate, cyanotype, Vandyke, …). Originally installed in Palma de Mallorca, he moved his laboratory to Perpignan in 2006. Carlos Barrantes frequently organises workshops on these techniques (ENS Louis Lumière, ENSP d’Arles, …).
His photographic series have been exhibited in Spain, France, Italy and the Ivory Coast. His works are held in diverse public and private collections (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée Carnavalet, Fundació Miro, Majorca, Collección Rafael Tous, Barcelona, ...).