I'm thinking about a new photo project framed in different service areas from the highway that connects my hometown in Galicia with Madrid. Something related to its future uselessness and its role in the landscape.
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?
I've been shooting in AZCA for five months now. The rehabilitation of Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso has started and a more big reshuffle is a strong possibility in the upcoming months.
I'm happy with the result so far. The initial landscapes have disappeared and the smallest details have emerged as the strongest visual representation of AZCA.
The project itself has a new meaning, and its goal is to document the city as an instrument to frame the nature in particular spaces, and our relationship with those spaces.
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.