Mikel Oddo

May 15th, 2018

Mikel Oddo

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Mikel Elejondo Oddo is a photographer, digital creator, writer and editor, based in Mallorca (Spain).  Currently he is working as an editor, photographer and writer of Revista Antropika, collaborating with VICE.es, and the image agency Glasshouse Images (Motion images Come Alive Images). He also works as a freelance photographer.

How does technology affect your work?

Nowadays technology is everywhere, everyday we use different ways to communicate, with new devices. I think that you can make real profit with new technologies, but always with a limit. Technology is a pencil and a piece of paper (old tech), new technologies, like smartphones, or software, are experimental devices that are able to open new windows to artistic expression. In my work, I make 3d gifs with a mixture of old and new tech, combining obsolete film cameras with advanced digital editing. It’s something close to cyberpunk concepts.

How does social media affect you and your art?

Social media is useful in dispensing my art, and to test the responses to my work. The same image could have a massively positive response from the general public, or could be celebrated by a more specialized and smaller group of artists. It is not about a success of “likes.” Social media doesn’t gives you an answer to the question of success, but talks about the impact of the work.

What are you working on right now?

At this time I’m working on a series of gifs from Cuba. Also, I continue to work with traditional film photography. For commercial purposes I finished an advertising work for a kickstarter. In the next months I will work again with gifs and film portraits.

Why did you start taking photos?

I like the idea of expressing many things with a single image, but it may be because I started to like light, and it’s interaction with forms. Since I was a kid, it always interested me.

What other forms of art inform your work?

Literature, music, cinema, graphic arts… all are very important as inspiration for me. We live in the time of multi-media, so we cannot have a singular, one dimensional, vision of art, we need to amplify dimensions with other kinds of expression.

What can’t you leave home without?

I always take my compact film camera with me, also a little notebook to write ideas.