On a hot June day in 1936, a mysterious figure appeared in London’s Trafalgar Square. Wearing a white satin dress, their face was completely obscured by red roses. Pigeons were perched on each arm. The anonymous individual was artist Sheila Legge (1911-1949), who, later that day, made newspaper headlines. The resulting photo- graphs became icons of Surrealism. Echoes of this performance can be felt today. Shown here are self-portraits by Spanish photographer Fares Micue (b. 1987). In- stead of Legge’s bouquets, the artist – often looking skyward – is covered by bright blue balloons and flocks of paper birds. Backdrops include flower fields, beaches and rugged mountainscapes. “Every element in my compositions has a purpose,” Micue says of the series, which stands out for its uplifting and dreamlike feel. “I want my images to give a sense of hope.” instagram.com/faresmicuephotography.
1. Fares Micue, Hold Me While I Touch the Sky (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
2. Fares Micue, Wherever You Take Me (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
3. Fares Micue, Follow Your Essence (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
4. Fares Micue, The Art of Moving On (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
5. Fares Micue, Endless Horizon (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
6. Fares Micue, Conscious Choices (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
7. Fares Micue, Your Own Polaris (2019). Courtesy of the artist.