How did you get into photography?
Well, I was seventeen years old when my father gave me his old Pentax SLR camera. I remember loading a Tri-X film and instinctively starting to shoot street photography. There was so much adrenaline involved and I quickly got addicted to it. With the time my work evolved into other forms of documentary photography, but the curiosity about society’s behaviour is still there and I am pretty sure I will never find the answers I keep looking for through my camera lens. This is my biggest satisfaction though; it turns it into a never-ending game.
Is there anything / anyone you would love to photograph?
Yes! I would love to document the first tourist trip to the moon, from inside the spaceship.
Why did you enter your project to the Sony World Photography Awards?
I liked the fact that Architectural Photography conformed an individual section within the Fine Art Category. “Common space” is not a proper architectural project; it was not my purpose to merely reproduce the interior design of the European Parliament, but to open a debate on the lack of knowledge citizens have about this institution, mainly due to the little effort policy makers have done to help us understand what happens inside its walls. This series could never be understood without the context in which it was produced and having it as part of the Fine Art category has allowed me to offer the public a conceptual introduction that I consider essential to the work. Besides, SWPA is one of the best-known photographic recognitions; I am overwhelmed for being part of this shortlist and havingthe possibility to share my work with such a wide and diverse public.
What’s the story behind your project?
“Common Space” depicts the interiors of the European Parliament, an institution which,despite being little understood or liked by many citizens, is gaining a prominent role in legislating our everyday European living circumstances. In its corridors, offices and meeting rooms, these quasi-futuristic spaces reveal a dream created in the fifties; a future whose ideals have been recently put into question after the serious economic recession suffered across the continent.
What are your future projects?
I have developed an increasing interest in the depiction of public and private spaces. It is amazing how much a place can tell about the people who work or live in it, as if its design and furniture could actually conform the behaviour of its users. I am shooting the The Coca-Cola Company’s offices in Madrid next month. Let’s see what comes out of it!