I've been working with objects and small spaces around the "framed nature" concept, trying to find images that inspire certain questions when they separate its (frequently unnoticed) subjects from their context.
This tree. Who decided to place it in this particular spot? Did he thought about the way its branches will fall over the banister? Who is responsible for its care? Why he keeps it this way? Do people look at its forms when they pass by? Do this forms inspire laughter? Sadness?
After a couple of visits and lots of photographs, the project seems to be founded more in the details and objets as the representation of the atmosphere of the complex, rather than its landscapes.
On the other hand, some of the more distinctive elements in AZCA are also kind of difficult to photograph due to the orography of the area. For example: I've been trying to frame the pyramid in Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso detached from its context with terrible results.
I'm working on different approaches to photograph AZCA. I've been shooting mainly landscape photography to map the whole area and to identify the different paths and its possibilities. One of the first challenges will be finding moments to photograph the area with no people in it as I hope to show some level of desolation.
The possibilities seem huge in the first visits. One of the themes that I hope to explore is the total absence of color in the architecture versus the disregarded nature.
I've found an old issue of Revista Nacional de Arquitectura, from May 1955. The magazine itself is a piece of art, filled with classic ads and old typographies from the 50s, it also contains the first appearance of Perpiñá's project in media.
These are two of the pages about Perpiñá's proposal.
I'm doing a lot of research about the architecture in AZCA. These are some images from Perpiñá's original project for the area. The main idea was the total separation of pedestrians and vehicles in different layers of parkings and paths.
A botanical garden, a library and an opera house were included in the plans, but these were never built.