Notes 01 – 03
Notes are risographs on white paper, presented with a print in a glassine bag. True to their name, they are a series of observations and thoughts hashed-out in the course of the making of a larger project.
Without commitment to a fully-fledged narrative, Ordóñez’s images, in their spotty, charcoal blacks, keep true to their quality as observations, curiosities held by the photographer. Notes 3 exclusively observes the shape & structure of the landscapes, presenting in logical progress the desert’s cascading, granular textures of foliage and rocks, moving later to the divide between land and sky. Though a logical progression, it is one both intuitive and visually gorgeous.
Notes 2 shows more attention towards looking and distance (these words only do so much – these are photographs, not symbols, and they work as such). There, photographs of people on a viewing platform staring off towards some unseen spectacle are interspersed with a shot of ocean rocks peered at through blurred-out flowers, and a genuinely intimidating scene of a worker staring towards a truck careening down a vast mountainside. That image in particular is so compositionally strong, and so functionally independent as to subjugate all those in its proximity – yet as a single “note” in these little “journals”, it carries far more weight than if it were to be swallowed amongst a photobook of similar scenes.
Chosen by Callum Beaney