Kokovoko photography project by Jordi V. Pou
“Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale
Using this quote from Moby Dick Jordi defines a journey to proximity. The main idea is to draw a photographic map of his surroundings. Jordi photographs that personal true places not present in any map. Kokovoko is a daily updated photo diary, full of those personal moments he wants to keep in memory. All pictures taken while normal daily life and most of them from close surroundings to Jordi’s place and work.
This is not a documentary project, not even a street photography project, Kokovoko is real for Jordi but also a big lie to any viewer. Photography is not real anymore, images born and die daily, with no rules just feelings, don’t try to understand them. It’s also important to say that project photographs are not intended to work as individual images but as a uniform group. This is not a collection of photograhs, this is a map, Jordi’s Kokovoko map.
The project started back in October 2009. The original idea also included to investigate new opportunities and trends in photography related with internet and image sharing. That’s why it was defined as a photoblog. Another important aspect is that all the images in this site were done using a low quality camera on a mobile telephone. The photographs were also post-produced and then uploaded to the site using the phone. All this working process gives Jordi the opportunity to update the project from anywhere at anytime.
Site also include quotes or sort texts which Jordi uses as a guide to understand the feelings behind the images and the photographer.
about Jordi V. Pou
Born in Lleida (Spain) in 1968 still lives there working as a Professional photographer.
He worked as a press photographer an image editor during the late 90´s for a newspaper in Spain and Andorra. Lately he established his own professional photo studio in Lleida, working for many different customers.
His personal work is mainly in the shape of an intimate black and white photography, in most cases with a very urban theme, always closer to his usual environment. During the last decade this work has been awarded many times in Spain. His work has also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and some of his photographs are in public and private collections.
Over the past couple of years he has experimented with various elements and work spaces. His latest project, named Kokovoko, has a photoblog shape. He’s been publishing a daily photo, made with a mobile phone, for almost two years now. This project work, in his usual photographic style, aims to investigate new opportunities and trends in photography. Images from this mobile photography project were included in various international exhibitions throughout 2010 and 2011. He has been interviewed and showcased in different TVs and Newspapers and magazines like Playboy or GoMag. His work is also usually seen in Mobile Photography sites.
Among other cities, his work has been seen in Melbourne, New York, Berlin, Philadelphia, Berkeley, , Paola, Barcelona, Andorra, Madrid and his hometown, Lleida, at Museo Morera, IEI or the Centre d’Art La Panera. This last in what was, curated by himself, the first exhibition of mobile photography in a contemporary art museum.
Jordi V. Pou was a founding member of The Mobile Photo Group a photographic cooperative of today’s most inspiring, innovative and influential mobile photographers. At the end of October 2011 he left the group.
He is actually working in different projects and exhibitions.
“I’ve never known anyone to lie more or better than my images. All my photographs are free to explain a different story to each viewer. They even lie to me once they’re free” - Jordi V. Pou
“I’m a photographer, I’m a liar. Believe me.” - Jordi V. Pou