About a month ago I went to Poboleda (Catalonia, Spain) with my family to stay for a weekend at a friend’s vineyard. If you’ve followed me for a while you might know that I’ve worked there in the past. It was very cool to go there as a guest! The owner has his own garden with tons of vegetables and my brother (who is a cook) made some amazing dishes. Eating there is always awesome. The view is not too bad either.
My brother Nico, Barcelona, 2013
Martatu and I went to the beach a few weeks ago. Taro bubble tea 4ever <3
I haven’t written a blog post in ages because I always feel like I need to write something very deep and meaningful about where and how and why I took the photos, maybe because that’s the reason I started this blog, but truthfully sometimes I don’t have anything to say because I shoot as a kind of need or something.
At the end of June I moved to Barcelona because I’m doing a Masters degree in Anglophone Literature and Culture in October and this summer has been odd. I have had a great time, but I don’t think I’ve stopped that much to reflect on how it feels to have finished my studies (I mean I’m going to study forever but my B.A. is over) after a few years struggling with anxiety and thinking I’d never finish it. Moving to a different city is difficult too. I’ve been coming here for a long time and I have friends that are amazing, but sometimes I still feel like I don’t belong. All this, plus starting a new year at a new university, and having to look for a job (and having worked a bit during the summer here and there), hasn’t inspired me to shoot much this summer.
But I recently found my old Rollei Giro 70 in a box and decided to start using it again. I think it takes good pictures, and I really like the feel of these pictures because while they are different from my staged portraits, I feel very connected to them. They are more casual and laid-back and I think that’s a good thing, and I don’t mind taking that direction for now.
(The first two pictures were taken with a disposable underwater camera and the third with a Nikon f-801).
Yesterday I met up with Iván and he lent me his Mamiya RB67 with a Polaroid back to take a portrait of him. It’s awesome. Many things are awesome really. Like the negative reclamation we did afterwards. He also did a portrait of me that might see the light of day eventually. Who knows?