We Can't Stop What's Coming
Location(s): Spain; Madrid
Dates: Jan - Feb 2020
Synopsis: A collection of street scenes from the Spanish capital before it became an epicentre for COVID-19 and its inhabitants were relieved of their civil liberties - a decision I found difficult to accept at the time and was no easier to fathom with hindsight. But I was just a visitor to Madrid, and my countries of citizenship were about to follow suit anyway. So, like almost everyone else, my captivity was a fait accompli.
There is no storyline threading these photographs together. Instead, their meaning comes from the unprecedented events that followed and to that extent, they are a reminder of the freedoms we took for granted. The eventual return of those freedoms felt superficial. The relationship between the state and the individual shifted. Liberty is only ours until the authorities find a reason to take it away. It is a sobering reality. Or, to use their words, a new normal.
Equipment: Fujifilm X100F
Project preamble: About my creative process - on Substack
Zine: 28 photographs and a 650-word essay - available on Blurb