Entry Title: "Mirages"
Name: Simon Brauer , Ecuador
Category and Expertise: Special Effects|Portrait_P|Portrait, Professional


Entry Description: Mirages stems from an unconscious memory brought to a reflexive thought. At the time we blink after observing an object for a while it´s image remains engraved in our minds by milliseconds, that is the memory of our eyes. If the same image excites us, it conveys a feeling or transports us to something deeper, that image will stay forever and becomes something sublime and eternal. That is the memory of our souls. Mirages series collect the mystery of vivid faces, playful looks, the inevitable texture of an intense life. MIRAGES is based on the photographic portrait as a way of immortalizing, as a tangible representation of lived experiences that is manifested in a series of 3D black and white photographs worked as anaglyph (3D glasses technique that requires red - cyan for viewing ).

About the Artist:

Simon Brauer (born June 22, 1973 in Quito, Ecuador) is a photographer and cinematographer. He is also the author of the first Ecuadorian book on 3D photography, ''Quito Profundo. He contributed to several advertising agencies, magazines, films and books. His career as a cinematographer and photographer veers towards the artistic, where experimentation is fundamental tool, that is the reason behind Neurona Digital, a company he created in conjunction with his wife and fellow photographer Lorena Cordero in 2005. Brauer was among the first to fight for film studies in Ecuador when local films were rare. As a cinematographer he has collaborated with renowned Ecuadorian filmmakers such as Sebastian Cordero, Mateo Herrera, and Ivan Mora Manazano. Brauer also work like writer/director and director of photography of music videos for several well known Ecuadorian musicians. Brauer throughout his career has achieved several awards. From 2007 to date he has been awarded five honorable mentions in the "International Photography Awards" one of the most important photography competitions worldwide.His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and the Museum of the Portuguese Communications Foundation in Lisbon in Portugal, in the prestigious gallery La Fabrica in Madrid, in the Municipal Museum of Art in Puerto Llano - Spain, among others. His publication "Quito Profundo" is the first Ecuadorian book of photography in 3D, so it was constituted as an important reference for the history of photography in Ecuador. The "Quito Profundo" photographs are displayed in a colonial museums such as the Church of the Society of Jesus in Quito Ecuador.