A pizza van isolated in a dusty building site

I found this van isolated in the building site in the outskirts of what would be soon the new cultural quarter in Aarhus as part of the new city development, two souls of the city will co-exist.

It is somehow difficult to walk down there, there is a sense of change in the atmosphere, uncertainty but also, a sense of knowing that somewhat, the system won, the establishment has taken ownership of what used to be part of the commons.

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4 layers

Over the past few days, I have been reflecting about sustainability, gentrification regeneration and city development.

I’m not an expert on these fields. I don’t claim to be, I merely observe, listen and document what my eyes see and what my network tells me to look at.

I’ve been attending talks, reading articles and observed how Aarhus, the city I call home, is rapidly changing, almost mutating by the minute.

At Sydhavnen (South Harbour) area in Aarhus. Denmark. 2019

At Sydhavnen (South Harbour) area in Aarhus. Denmark. 2019

This photograph represents 4 layers of city development, 4 layers of history. It frames the contrast of buildings in Sydhavnen.

In the foreground you can see part of a small van refurbished to become a small mobile office produced Tiny Office a local startup.

The second layer is one of the old industrial buildings from the south area of the Aarhus port. the third is the new and controversial Danske bank headquarters in the city, a building that has transformed forever this historical area of Aarhus. In the background you can see one of the few existing tall buildings in town.

This, skyline is meant to change in the years to come, as Aarhus aims to shake its industrial past legacy while looking at increasing its population to 500000 inhabitants in the years to come.

I now realise I had a new photography project in front of my eyes and I didn’t know it.

15 years. 11th March

On this day 192 people died in the worst terrorist attack in the history of Spain. In my city. In Madrid. it has been 15 years since the atrocity. Every 11th March I feel a mix of sadness and rage when I think about this event. Spain, changed forever. 

My thoughts are with those that died that day but also with those that had to suffer the grievance, they had to suffer the media that invented fake news before this was a thing, and to this date, the very same media continue to lie, feeding rage, hate and uncertainty into the population. 

My thoughts are with those that went to the streets demanding a change, demanding the truth. My thoughts are with those that survived the tragedy, with the first responders and the volunteers that despite everything, offered solidarity to one another. 

The very same day, 15 years ago, I left Spain to move to Ireland, in what has been the most exciting period of my life. 

I keep remembering this day as if it was yesterday, the anxiety in the morning, the sadness in the airport, the excitement in the arrival, the first contact with the city, and then the shock, seeing the news about Spain in a language that I didn’t understand at the time. 

The horror and anxiety, the calls to friends and family, the uncertainty, the sense of everything being part of a dream. 

Then Ireland show me the way to joy and happiness, to friendship and love, to a path that will take me in an incredible journey. Thank you Ireland. 

On this day, I will raise a glass, and I will do so to keep the worst and the best memories of my life alive. 

Nunca más extremismo. Vuestras guerras, nuestros muertos. 11M en la memoria.

Photo Credit:  Manuela Martin .

Photo Credit: Manuela Martin.

Julian Schnapel's Action Paintings | Study | All about the details

A couple of days ago I visited Julian Schnapel’s Action Paintings exhibition at Aros to learn and be inspired. To start with, I alway enjoy visiting Aros not only because I always learn something or notice something new in a painting I have seen before, but also, I enjoy the freedom to take photographs and explore paintings from a different angle.

Every time I go to Aros I try to photograph and frame in accordance to the artist in exhibit. This session is actually the opposite. This time I took a 50 mm lens to this exhibition, not a smart choice, considering that the paintings are incredibly tall and wide and full of furious movement for the most part, however, this first study, was all about the details. I will be back.

If you are in Aarhus and you need inspiration in your life or your projects or {Insert reason here} please, go to Aros and visit Julian Schnapel's Action Paintings exhibition, bring a friend your better half or anyone that wants to joining in this journey.