Hello & welcome to my blog! My name is Aarón Blanco Tejedor, I am the artist that has built A White Spot In the Darkness hoping to create a platform that connects solidarity and art. Here some of my works are for sale and the profit generated by the purchase of my artworks will be destined to help other humans in difficult situations. This is an introduction, let’s go together deeper into what motivates me to start a blog.
What is it this blog going to be about?
A blog is a great way to create content online, the pace can be much slower than in social media and will allow me to dive deeper into the things I want to write about than (let’s say) a Facebook post. The content created in a blog has a more permanent character, can be updated and it will help me to communicate with you on a regular basis. I love communication, communication is a way to connect, and meaningful communication brings about more empathetic humanity.
I don’t have a clear idea about all the things I will be writing in the future, but one thing I know is that I want to inspire people to take action to transform this world into a kinder and more loving place to live. I know I will publish some posts telling you about my personal story, in some other entries I will take the time to explain further the project you will be supporting and my implication on it, you will also get to know the news on my life and the life of my community that I consider can interest you, and of course, it will be also a channel to talk about my art and about the works that I put for sale in this channel.
What it is “A White Spot In The Darkness”?
A White Spot In The Darkness is a project born in the words of Reham, a very sad person. I have been trying to help her and her family to escape Syria for a couple of years now. We have almost succeeded as she is the only one left in the country. All the other members (the father and two brothers) has been able to cross the border with Turkey. The mom and another sister of her died under the bombs. I have been investing a lot of energy and creativity to find ways to help this family, in the process I have won a sister (I talk to Reham in a daily basis via WhatsApp) and I have learnt an infinite amount of things about the world and about myself and my own internal tools. It has been an intense and incredible journey, filled with sadness and despair but also deep, deep love. This webpage is the next link in a chain of actions I have undertaken to help Reham.
Hopefully, in the (not so far) future she and her family will not need my assistance anymore. If that day comes I want to keep the platform running, and with your help choose another cause where to assign the profits of the selling of my artworks. I want this to become a platform for solidarity, a platform to connect art and solidarity. In alignment with the Ubuntu philosophy, I think that we become human through other humans or helping other humans, that’s why when I decided to become a full-time entrepreneur I chose the name Ubuntu Productions for the company: “only when everybody wins, I win”.
I call myself Aarón Blanco Tejedor because I want to preserve my mother’s surname, not only my father’s one. I was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the north of the place on Earth we call Spain. I have always been a curious and a very sensible person, two traits that are the pillars of my creativity. I was never surrounded by an artistic community and possibly because of that I did not discover my need to express my feelings and intuitions by creative means until I was about 17 years old when I wrote my first poem to my girlfriend at that time.
For a few years I wrote short stories and a couple of novels, later I started writing poetry on a regular basis for many years. Back then I thought that with poetry I had found the creative expression that fitted my soul. But in an unexpected twist one day I took the camera that Ida and I bought to document a trip to the South of Peru and started making, contemplative art that transmitted my first contact with Nature while living in the countryside in a place close to Gernika. I really loved creating those videos but Life had still one more surprise waiting for me, and it happened that one day I began taking pictures and that day was the beginning of a love story. Photography has become the strongest way to express my deep emotions, intuitions, feelings and thoughts. It is something that flows naturally from me, all the other forms of art that I cultivated required some amount of pushing forward in order to create, but with photography is different, it creates a stronger connection with my inspiration and sensibility.
About my Art
Inspiration is a lost word in our civilization but it means everything to me. Inspiration for me is a channel that connects something that I can not comprehend, something as vast as the universe, with an image that communicates that “information” coming through me. I am not the author of my works, I am the person that transmit them, and my mission as a creative person is to keep that channel opened and to make it wider by cultivating my sensibility and my photographic skills. For me taking pictures is a form of meditation that puts me in a state of trance in which that information flows across me without will. I learn a lot from the pictures I take because when I see them in the final form I understand what they want to communicate, and normally that information was unknown to me until that moment of enlightenment.
I have clearly understood over the years that this is my life mission in live, and that cultivating it means to be true to myself.
I have always been a person that liked to help other people, that’s why I studied Social Work and a Master Degree in Emotional Intelligence. I worked many, many years as a waiter and I always loved to be able to help the clients to get a great experience and have a wonderful time. Together with Ida-Kajsa, we have created Korpo Bladet, a monthly magazine for our local community, working to raise the self-esteem of this rural community, and we founded Ubuntu Productions with the mission of helping small enterprises to find a greater audience through clever branding, beautiful, modern and well-structured web pages and photography.
This new step that I am taking with A White Spot In The Darkness feels like the connection of two of the most important elements of my soul: creativity and empathy.
How can you support the project?
The most direct way to help me to help others and become a White Spot In The Darkness is by purchasing my art. In the page of every work, you can see the breakdown of how the money you are paying is being allocated and how much of it goes to support the cause (Reham’s family in this case). But you can also subscribe to the mail list to receive my communications and forward the emails I send to people that could be interested in purchasing my art.
If you are an artist too and want to participate, you could think about putting a few works for sale in the platform which profits can be destined to help Reham. If you are interested in this form of participation please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you made it al the way here I want to show you my deepest gratitude. I hope together we can create a kinder and more loving and peaceful world. Until the next time, I send you some love.