CHAOS KID

Shadow-draped Chaos Kid, a portrait of contemplation and time travel in Alejandro's film photography for HeyBoy Fanzine.
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CHAOS KID

by Alejandro González Serrano

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CHAOS KID

by Alejandro González Serrano

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Dive into “Chaos Kid,” where each frame pulses with the unbridled spirit of a bygone era, meticulously captured on the textured canvas of film. This series is a bold stride through the smoky backrooms of memory, where the glam and grit of the ’80s breathe anew. Photographer Alejandro González Serrano masterfully orchestrates a symphony of light and shadow, where Christopher, our Chaos Kid, channels the defiant roar of neopunk and the seductive purr of glam rock. Here, the lens is a time machine, the shutter a heartbeat, and every grain of film a fragment of soul spilled onto celluloid.

In these photographs, Alejandro speaks in whispers of rebellion and shouts of freedom, with each click echoing the intimate tales of a world draped in the fabrics of passion and the raw textures of authenticity. “Chaos Kid” is an invitation by HeyBoy Fanzine to lose yourself in the echoes of a mixtape era, to touch the textures of history, and to feel the pulse of stories untamed by digital perfection.

Dive into “Chaos Kid,” where each frame pulses with the unbridled spirit of a bygone era, meticulously captured on the textured canvas of film. This series is a bold stride through the smoky backrooms of memory, where the glam and grit of the ’80s breathe anew. Photographer Alejandro González Serrano masterfully orchestrates a symphony of light and shadow, where Christopher, our Chaos Kid, channels the defiant roar of neopunk and the seductive purr of glam rock. Here, the lens is a time machine, the shutter a heartbeat, and every grain of film a fragment of soul spilled onto celluloid.

In these photographs, Alejandro speaks in whispers of rebellion and shouts of freedom, with each click echoing the intimate tales of a world draped in the fabrics of passion and the raw textures of authenticity. “Chaos Kid” is an invitation by HeyBoy Fanzine to lose yourself in the echoes of a mixtape era, to touch the textures of history, and to feel the pulse of stories untamed by digital perfection.

Q) Alejandro, your work revives the tactile grain and unpredictability of film in a digital age. Could you share the moment you realized film photography was your true calling?
 
A) I began to work in modeling and acting from a very young age, and I know that the top European modelling agencies still use Polaroid photos to capture models as they truly are. One day, about four years ago, an agency called me because they were interested in signing me. The booker told me, “Well, now we’re going to take some Polaroids.” I didn’t realize she was referring to digital Polaroids. I got very excited and said, “Yes! I love it! I actually have the very first Polaroid model camera ever made.” The booker responded in a derogatory tone, calling me a “peasant” and an “idiot,” clarifying that she meant digital Polaroids.
It was during this time that I was reminded of my grandparents, who had given me my first Polaroid camera as a gift when I was very young. They played a significant role in instilling in me a love for art, music, and antiques. Their passing left a huge void in my life. In that moment, I decided to start taking photos as a tribute to my grandparents and everything they taught me. Film photography, with its tactile grain and unpredictable nature, allowed me to reconnect with them in a special way. It became clear to me that film photography was not only my true calling but also a way for me to honour and preserve the memories and lessons passed down to me by my beloved grandparents.
To conclude, it’s worth mentioning that I decided not to sign with that agency.
Q) Many artists edit their work to perfection, yet you embrace the rawness of the unaltered image. How does this commitment to authenticity shape your connection with your audience?
 
A) That’s the beauty of analog photography when it comes to taking portraits. The idea is to capture emotions and freeze that specific moment, and imperfection is beautiful. It reminds us that we are human, resulting in something imperfectly perfect.
Q) You mention that your photography often transports models to a different age or time. What is it about the past that you find so captivating, and how do you capture its essence?
 
A) That also pertains to the first question. I have a strong passion for history, fashion, music from all genres, and antiques. Therefore, I try to create a story by combining these elements, while also considering the vibes given off by the model. I know that vintage has become very fashionable, but I have had a taste for it since I was very young.
Q) Music, antiques, and a journey through emotional landscapes are central themes in your work. How do these elements intertwine to tell the story of “Chaos Kid”?
 
A) The model exudes vibes of a rocker caught between glam and hard rock, reminiscent of groups like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Twisted Sister, and even David Bowie. In these cases, the genre in individuals is more fluid, yet the music remains raw, intense, and irreverent. The model is depicted with a cassette player from that era, a microphone, and expressions that evoke the spirit of the 80s.

Q) Dealing with themes such as depression and anxiety is profound and can be quite personal. Can you share how these themes emerge in your work, perhaps even in unexpected ways?

A) It is a way of transforming those taboo topics into something beautiful. Personally, I find the melancholy and rawness of life to be incredibly beautiful.

Q) Each photograph tells a story. Could you pick a photograph from “Chaos Kid” and share the narrative you see within it?

A) I think the photograph that best tells the story is the one where he is holding the microphone and letting out a scream in profile. But going back to a previous question,
analog photography is about capturing that moment and its imperfections. In the photograph where he has the tape player and is about to throw it away, it was quite epic and challenging for the model. He was holding a device from the 80s that could weigh more than him, and since it was analog photography, he had to remain very still. In that photo, he gave it his all as a model, and neither the model nor the tape player were harmed in the process of capturing that image.

Q) Your love for antiques seems to play a significant role in your artistic expression. Is there an antique piece that profoundly influenced one of your shoots?

A) It is with music. In my collection, I have gramophones from 1900, tube radios from the 1930s, vinyl players from the 1980s, and in this case, a tape player. By the way, these tape players sound great, and the music quality is unmatched. They are rare to see because it was always costly to acquire both the player and the tape. But everything in my collection works, and I still use them today.

Q) Your work not only represents a moment in time but also seems to reflect a movement within yourself. How has your art evolved with you over time?

A) I have improved in the way I take photos, and at this moment, I also develop the photos in the darkroom myself. I no longer rely on someone else to do it, and that is crucial when working with analog photography. By having full control over the process, I can ensure that the quality and result are impeccable.

Q) Lastly, if “Chaos Kid” was a track on a mixtape, which type of song would it be, and why?

A) Definitely, it would be the song “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It reflects the vibes given off by the model and also resonates with my photography work. Knowing that everything is moving towards the digital realm, especially in modelling photography, I choose to go against the current. It may not be the easiest path, but I do what I do with love and passion. I will continue doing what I love, even if it may seem impractical or outdated.

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