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The escape

The escape

La huida

Sale corriendo para borrar la imagen que acaba de ver intentado que la velocidad de su cuerpo deje atrás lo que no tendría que haber pasado. No quiere pensar, no quiere sentir, sólo quiere huir, de aquella calle, de aquel camino, de aquella vida que no entiende porque ha tenido que ser así. Nacer de esta manera es nacer y hacerse adulta. ¿No tenía ella derecho a ser también pequeña, a no tener preocupaciones, a ser durante un tiempo un poco más largo la prolongación de su madre y su padre? ¿Qué clase de vida es aquella? ¿Qué clase de gente la que le roba la inocencia, la que le quita con una explosión todo aquello que quiere? Jura por Dios, pero jura que si consigue hacerse mayor luchará por la paz, aunque ahora mismo lo que querría es vengar la muerte con otra.

The escape

She runs away to escape from the image she has just seen, making her body rush and leave behind what shouldn’t have happened. She doesn’t want to think, she doesn’t want to feel, she just wants to flee far from that street, from that path, from that life impossible to figure out why it had to be like that. Being born that way is becoming an adult straightaway. Didn’t she have the right to be also a little girl, not to have any worries, to be for a longer period or time her parents’ beloved child? What kind of lífe is that? What kind of people take away your innocence and everything you love? She swears to God that if she grows old, she will fight for peace, although right now what she would like is avenge death with death itself.

© Photography by Alberto Pérez Pastor – © Text by Isabel Gracia – © English translation by Sara Besalduch

 

Meeting Manuel Sanchis

Manu is a street photographer based on Castellón, a small mediterranean city where I also live. It was the end of 2012 when I met him on Valencia for the first time.  We two knew each other’s work through Flickr and in a few hours we became mates. Two months later we start Castellón Street Photography (also on Flickr) as a collaborative project and our first exhibition take place on march  2013. His mobile street photography helped me understand how the tool does not make the photographer. Sanxo has a unique and unobstrusive  way of taking pictures of strangers creating an homogeneous, simple and effective body of work.
“My best shot is yet to come.”
Manuel Sanchis (Sanxo)

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What is for you street photography?

For me, get into the everyday urban life becomes extraordinary. Is a way to show people that what happens before our eyes is really interesting and at the same time unnoticed.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

My first interest in street photography woke up on a trip to Japan. As a country with a totally different culture to mine I focused on photographing his people through the streets. Soon I met Greg Schimgel’s work on flickr. He is one of the pioneers of mobile street photography and thereafter, this discipline was part of my life.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I think my best shot is yet to come.

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Any advice?

Shot, shot, shot.

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A book.

The Last Resort by Martin Parr.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

The two groups that you manage are great (Street Photography Monochrome and Street Photography Color). The Spanish group “Fotografía en cuarentena” and the collective “Calle 35

And mention Greg Schimgel again, thanks to the inspiration I found in his work I am doing this short interview.

Links

IMG_6713    24 hour my city project

Sanxo, a gallery on Flickr.