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[...] Ha dedicado parte de su actividad fotográfica a retratar los recovecos del rock & roll español, sus estéticas y actitudes. Su mirada, cercana al detalle etnográfico, prevalece de modo preciso en la luminotecnia (color y formas expresivas) al mostrar al sujeto en acción o en el retrato de estudio. Las subculturas juveniles que entroncan con el rock & roll y su disposición contemporánea al revival ofrecen una variante de la vitalidad social expuesta desde una estilística híbrida que intenta perpetuar un modelo de conducta que, a partir del inconformismo y la rebeldía, de las imposturas que contradicen cualquier norma aclaratoria, explica la situación ambiental de un grupo en minoría. Alay ha recorrido con su cámara, a lo largo y ancho de la geografía española, todo tipo de encuentros y festivales en los que el movimiento rocker hace acto de presencia. El punto de partida del fotógrafo parece calibrar una tipología que aparentemente se ha detenido en el tiempo.[...]

Cultura rocker, imagen y otras historias de revival 07.06.2009
Javier Reguera en Así se fundó Carnaby St.


All images © 2006 - 2016 Antonio Alay


Slowly but surely, photographing in halls, clubs and festivals where classic rock and roll reigns. Pure sounds and rhythms echoes accelerated as perfect and eternal. Anger and joy. True rituals that celebrate the spirit of the old school and transmit their vital energy in international festivals like Rockin Race Jamboree (Torremolinos), Screamin Festival (Calella), High Rock-A-Billy (Calafell) Hayride BCN (Barcelona) , Ubangi Stomp (Benidorm), The Big Rumble (Pravia), Blues at Moonlight (Benalmádena) Surf - O-Rama (Valencia), Rockin´ Gijon and Tenerife Rockin Fifties Festival, among others.

[...] He has dedicated part of his photographic activity to portraying the recesses of spanish rock & roll, its aesthetics and attitudes. His gaze, close to ethnographic detail, prevails precisely in lighting technology (color and expressive forms) when showing the subject in action or in the study portrait. The youthful subcultures that connect with rock and roll and their contemporary revival offer a variant of social vitality exposed from a hybrid style that tries to perpetuate a behavior model that, based on nonconformity and rebellion, contradicting impostures Any explanatory rule, explains the environmental situation of a minority group. Alay has traveled with his camera, throughout Spanish geography, all kinds of meetings and festivals in which the rocker movement is present. The photographer's point of departure seems to gauge a typology that has apparently stopped in time.[...]