Through time and elements; through hope and despair; through the eyes of the ones who once left and fought the ruthless sea; the ones who stayed and faced the shape of history, and us, who came in wonder, Havana stands as a monument to resilience.
Cities are made to outlive ideas and Havana is as strong a proof of it as there could ever be. Each of its buildings shows us a personality, a specific moment in time and a powerful sense of ideology; they're all pieces of a historical puzzle of styles ranging from the Colonial and Baroque; the spanish influenced Neo-Classical of the 19th century around El Malecón; the early 20th century's elegance of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco; all the way to the Strong forms of the Constructivism brought by the Soviet Union, down the Carlos III Avenue; yet they're all tied together by the signs of time, carved deeply into their facades.
Still -despite of the sense of abandonment that may be caused by shattered glass, broken walls or fallen balconies- this city is staying strong somehow; all those ideas lost in time will always be replaced by the sense of survival instinct, and maybe impending happiness. These are all buildings refusing to die, as long as there's a light on somewhere.
-1st place (Gold) 2019 Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA), Professional, category ‘Architecture.’
For millenia, we've built monuments to remind ourselves and future generations how much power can us humans have, wether it's over our own kind, or in a general sense, over the world around us. We observe in awe when we're in front of such vast structures that look bigger than history itself; we hear and read stories about how they were conceived and created, the wonderful minds behind them. We even get to think about how every one of those structures will remain standing long after we're gone.
But how long is the history of humanity really? How many empires and nations have been built just to remain only in memories at the end of it all? As Don DeLillo says, “a person rises on a word and falls on a syllable.” What once was an amphitheatre for 70.000 people who witnessed the most vivid representations of heroic wars and conquerors: what once was a monumental offering for a city's deliverance from the plague; what's now a remembrance of the World's Fairs from past centuries or a wonderful archive of the history of cinema; they will all have to face the pass of time and the inevitable decadence by the hands of nature.
This series tries to explore those known structures in a different way: to view them as ephemeral as we really are; tied them to our fate, our fragile existance; our own fight to survive the elements and the rules of physics. They will be here as long as we exist, and not much more than that.
-Winner Smithsonian’s 16th Annual Photo Contest, category ‘Altered Images’ with GRVTY2No.4. -GRAND PRIZE MonoVisions Awards Black & White Series of the Year 2018 and Architectural Series of the Year 2018. -1st. Place, 2018 International Photography Awards (IPA) Architecture, Historic. -Honourable Mention, 2018 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA).
Santa María della Salute
Arc de Triomphe
The need to see the city with other eyes; an escape to the everyday life.
Rut often blinds the unaware passerby; the buildings arise on the horizon and turn into mere monuments of concrete, metal and glass. Never-changing structures, colorless ideas that lose meaning with the passing time.
GRVTY is born as a deep, personal necessity of playing; giving new meanings to the observed thing and turn the chaos of the metropolis into something bearable: DECONSTRUCTION.
Close your eyes, open them again and gravity seems to desappear. What would become of the modern monuments if they were suddenly lighter than air?
Europe by train.
-Madrid -Paris -Brussels -Amsterdam -Vienna -Rome
Europe by train.
-Berlin -Prague -Bratislava -Munich -Innsbruck
The calm, frigid sea, home of Vikings. Øresund in an endless horizon and a tale of two cities, one at each side, and in front of me, the moon.
What's with all that romance? What do all those endless reflections have? How does the passing of time makes this city as eternal as it is?
Nothing but a glimpse. What light doesn't touch, it doesn't exist. We are creatures of sight and sometimes are blinded by excess of information. Pause and take a look at those shapes coming out of the darkness of our own reality.
Chasing Light 1
Chasing Light 2
Chasing Light 3
Chasing Light 4
Chasing Light 5
Chasing Light 6
Chasing Light 7
Chasing Light 8
The buildings are nothing else but inert objects, created as symbols of gratness, ego maybe. Entities that rise above everything else; enormous structures made of concrete, glass and metal. Stand up in front of one of them, really close: look up, see how the clouds pass by and everything around seems to move. These are the monuments of modern humanity.