Silence I lived in

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I started the Heavy Silence photo series in November 2015 during a trip to London, after a year without touching the camera.  

The year before, I had to go back to a full-time job as an employee after a five-year break working as an independent photographer and marketing consultant.

I loved my marketing job, but the toxic work environment drained all my energy. I was exhausted, just like the Art Nouveau places I started to photograph.

After the last series I made in an Art Nouveau backdrop and considering the low mood I was in, I started exploring Art Nouveau further, but this time on my own. I did not have enough energy to organise a photoshoot with a whole team of makeup artist, hairdresser, wardrobe stylist and models, so I did something else.

In the beginning, I did not know exactly what I was looking for. But I had the desire to shoot Art Nouveau buildings, which somehow connected me to the joyful childhood memories related to my 1898-born “Art Nouveau” godmother.

As a child, the visits to my godmother’s apartment were in every way dreamy. Her apartment’s twisted wall along the stairs to reach the first floor was certainly a sign that I was about to enter an extraordinary place. I would see paintings on the walls, a bathroom with the exquisite scent of Camay soap, her faded marriage crown housed in a transparent glass box resting on a silky cushion on top of the chest of drawers. I would enjoy every detail all by myself while I was hearing voices in the distance.  I felt like I was in a parallel world. 

All of these made deep impressions on me as a child. And now as an adult, I can still remember these images and scents vividly. I can still feel the emotions and sensations I associated with them with the same intensity. They have somehow influenced my interest towards Art Nouveau buildings. 

The series features mainly photos of buildings located in Cartagena and Murcia, the Spanish region where I lived from 2000 to 2017. I would like to send a big thank you to Jesús Serrano who helped me greatly at gaining access to many of these places, as well as to Miguel Ángel Plazuelo and Domingo Arroyo.