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The Outlying Districts
I've always felt fascination for the old and tired outskirts of big cities. However, in the years prior to the Spanish economic crisis of 2008, the dormitory towns of Madrid experienced a great rise in the construction of new residential buildings, which served as a way for unseasoned architects to put into practice the style that would conform the middle-class neighborhoods of the future.
In the present, and after the end of the economic recession, many of these new districts are still not fully inhabited. There are few businesses open, half of the houses are empty, between one street and another there are abandoned ramparts, and silence is the dominant key.
With this project, I wanted to explore those neighborhoods and to know their recent history through the lines and marks that architects left behind. To hear the metal, to touch the concrete, to feel the glass. I've tried to use a minimalistic approach that reduces as much as possible the visual information in each photograph, so only the essential and relevant is shown.
With Quiet places I tried to capture the reflective nature that characterizes solitude.
As my main scenario, I have used properties around Madrid, but showing them in a way not usually seen. Exposing empty places, sometimes vaguely visible or with few details that might distract the eye, I wanted to convey in a direct and elegant manner, the mystery of solitude and the beauty of reflection.
Without going into poetic pretensions, there is not single way of interpreting these photographs, and it is necessary for the viewer to decide how to fill the gaps, while establishing an internal dialogue with himself. Through my photographic style, I want to induce a meditative state, of quiet, of pause, in the middle of a world that is hyper connected, using things and places of the everyday.