We here at WUBA are always on the look out for things that inspire us. Whether it be music, art, performance, sights, people, places, whatever reaches us on a different level and makes us feel. There’s no guessing when that might come along but when it does it’s instantly tangible.
The other day browsing the endless web of webs of webs of webs, we came across a friend of ours being photographed by Alejo Maglio.
We were drawn instantly to the surreal beauty of his inventions. In our never-ending digital world his raw digital creations welcomed us into the fantasy.
We sent an email. We learned that Alejo’s a local who calls San Martin home, was born in 82 and been taking photos for 6 years. His original inspiration came from showing up on a job thinking he was going to do some carpentry work and ending up working on a film set for a local bank. Funny how things happen like that. People’s callings oftentimes creep up on them when least expected.
He continued with this line of work and became involved in special effects. Under the apprenticeship of Mosy and Charlie his work with lighting was crafted and evolved. In 2008, a Nikon SDRL digital in tow, he traveled extensively throughout Central America, taking photos for guidebooks, newspapers and for a surf project in Costa Rica.
In the constant consumption of both photographic imagery and paintings, Alejo’s work comes to life in the tweaking and retouching of his original image. Other photos seem like they haven’t been touched at all, he merely caught the light at the right moment from the right angle and the moment was seized. From people to landscapes to everyday imagery, his works breathe life into life.