> On the Ways of the New China
Hong-Kong, 19 pm local time, 8th of July, 2004. I have just landed in
the International airport, where immediately I am forced to pass through
the scanners, which record my thermic image. I recall that we live in
the days of diseases that appear suddenly, coming from nowhere, suddenly
threatening millions of human beings. The thermical image of the passengers
will be useful to determine, who are those, which walk feverishly. The
ones that are "hot" will have to be subject to medical examinations.
Asia is fighting with new outbreaks of "bird's fever" and "atypical
pneumonia". The bluish on my face, represented in the infrared monitor,
indicates that I must be ok. I continue. [...]
Many faces arm the city. From the great aired avenues, to the pressed
alleys and unskilful side streets. The new emerges from the old
and leaves it, many times, disfigured. The movement of the population,
and the outskirts, in the rush hours leaves it without breath. It
extends itself, strains its tentacles to the outskirts where it
plants beds for the workers that return to it every day. The ambient
and social pressure in the cities grows each day. The lack of spaces
in its interior leaves it without many solutions. It's in this intricate
and cadenced context that the people pass, live, blossom. And with
them city itself.
Show what you see in the cities
Congratulations to Sébastien PEPINSTER, Belgium, for his
the set of photos. In second we highlight Lowtechmatt, Germany.
And in third Luis Duarte, Portugal.
Thank you for all the participations..
When the light makes night, makes itself
frayed, difficult to hold with the hand. The shade lengthens in
the corners, the things, the people. The electric luminosities ignite,
with gas or wax. The stars are shown above the villages and small
hills. Within the urban limits the light becomes risks, continual
and vibrating, becomes rhythm, and thus flees from the silence of
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> Sobrazada Sausages and other stories
Traditionally, winter in Spain is the season for the slaughter
of pigs (a matanza) and the making of sausages. The most common Mallorcan
sausage is "sobrasada": ground pork meat is mixed with spices
(most predominantly paprika), stuffed into tripe casings, and then hanged
to cure for a few weeks. A matanza is hard work but great camaraderie.
Whole families get together and everyone is assigned a job. A big traditional
lunch is served in the middle of the day
> With Eyes to See
"The human balance remaines in the outrageous evidence
of always existing victims and executioners. And the tragedies that wound
mankind leave scars in their words."
Baptista Bastos, Secret good bye
> The Empalaos of Valverde de la Vera
I will not extend myself about "Los Empalaos de Valverde
of Vera". My words would never make justice to what I cannot understand
because I'm a man without faith. Perhaps because of this I go from village
to village searching the unexpected. Even if I already saw images of other
photographers, I want to see with my own eyes. This is being a documental
photographer: to perceive the place, to see, feel and hear what doesn't
fit in a photograph's range. The work, the former, is always incomplete.
Due to this I'm always searching for the next place with the vain hope
to complete the unfinished [..]
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