The artistry of Lliam Greguez lies in how the viewer’s eyes and ears detect what he terms “subtle energies.” Photographing mountain ice, Greguez explores nature’s visual energy using a macro lens, an endeavor that captures momentary states where water is frozen in such a way to appear like a found object. These scenes sometimes look abstract, despite their objectively organic reality, as they portray the dimensional beauty of frozen water in terms of surface texture, inner depth, substance beyond and reflection.
For Greguez, water splashes, wind, and temperature act as paintbrushes. Dark Gleam Cuddle, for instance, is an image of pure water—once moving and fresh on the cliffs of a mountain—reduced to an icy stasis. This phenomenon, and its corresponding aesthetic effect when captured as a photograph, is simultaneously chemical, biological, and sensorial. Ice develops as a process that fluctuates in and out of being solid. It is portrayed as something almost sculptural in the way its liquid texture grows and then finds itself gradually erased within the context of an image.