The lost steps / los pasos perdidos
This series of photographs, taken between 1997 and 2000, shows images of uninhabited villages in different parts of Spain. In response to the book "La Lluvia Amarilla” (Yellow Rain) by Julio Llamazares, which tells the story of the last days of the last inhabitant of a village in the Aragonese Pyrenees, the idea to photograph some of these places, before their final demise, emerged. Most of these villages are in areas of difficult access and harsh climates. After each winter, the houses are a little bit more dilapidated and overgrown. In a few years many of them will completely disappear, sinking into the earth from which they were born, thus closing a strange and wicked circle of life.
The “After Schengen” project shows old border crossing points between
different states in the European Union.
After the Schengen agreement,
most of these old checkpoints remain abandoned and out of service,
allowing us to gaze into the past from the present.
This causes many reflections, specially in a moment that EU project it is severely discussed.
These places that previously the Schengen treaty, delimited territories and in which the traveler
had to stop and show his documents, currently appear as abandoned places, located in a space-time limbo, out of use and out of the time for which they were designed, as these states have opened their borders to the free movement of people and goods.
These old border crossing points are slowly disappearing; some are renovated and reconverted to new uses, some are destroyed for vandals, and some other just fall down due to the passing of time. So, after some few years there will be no possibility to look at this strong signs and symbols of the recent european history.
“After Schengen” has won the 2013 Project Development Grant, awarded by CENTER (support photography organization of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA). Juror: Denise Wolff (Aperture).
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