2022 – Ongoing — Galicia, Spain
About this series
What we are makes sense when it is reflected in what we do. This project speaks of the importance of linking memory to our present and being close to those still in contact with the land.
The way of life associated with work in the fields and at sea has been a constant in Galicia until the phenomenon of urban concentration began at the end of the sixties, which started the rural exodus. The difficult subsistence conditions of these rural territories, even more so in inland areas, are the origin of these exoduses that affect not only the territory but also the people who stay and who must deal with the gap left by others.
This project is my way of stopping time and inviting reflection on what is still alive and deserves to be contemplated. Each face is a story that gives way to another; after all, the path of memory needs symbols that fix it; photographing is to give way to those symbols giving them the space and importance they deserve through the images that allow us to recognise ourselves.
Photographer: Vicente Fraga
Based in: Pontevedra, Spain
Pontevedra, Spain, 1978. My academic studies are related initially to the world of architecture and engineering, but it is in photography where I have found the place to which I always want to return and to which I dedicate an increasing part of my time. My photographic training is built autonomously through constant exploration and research and selective attendance to workshops or complementary training on those areas that arouse greater interest or difficulty in my work. Within the different photographic genres, the documentary genre awakens the most interest in me, and I work on those subjects that interest or concern me on a personal level, especially enjoying the process of research or documentation, with the aim that beyond an artistic purpose there is a parallel process of personal growth.