Walking Between Boundaries


Every year the Colombian Consulate in Paris makes a Visual Art Contest for all the Colombian artists resident in France, the idea is to help promote the artists in the french art environment.

I have participated twice and fortunately both I have been one of the winners, but this year was very special because the topic of the contest was the borders and diaspora, how we as artists chose by our own decision the exile to go to a different country and develop our art, far away from our physical, cultural and historical borders.

I decided to participate with a series related to my returning to street photography. Last year with the intention to go back into my roots to find my own visual voice, I decided to explore again the type of photography that started me on this art and so I went back to the streets. Every week since February 2015, I hit the streets at least twice a week and walk around Paris in that search for my internal voice.

The topic of the contest was very related to my own internal artistic process of last year, so I went through all the pictures of this period, looking for links with the diaspora and the crossing of borders and what I decided to submit were the following images, each one also related to a phrase which at the end are 2 paragraphs explaining about the visual introspection that I`ve started since 2015.

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“Stepping out of my door into the streets feels like diving into a dim river,

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I never know what I´m going to find under the mighty waters of concrete,

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light is the beacon that guides my walks around Paris,

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my eyes are the compass to lead my way.

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After one year scouting the streets, I have come to know the city of lights,

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I have seen it under its skin, I have seen its real life, I have seen its ordinary days,

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but at the same time I have seen myself, reflected in these pictures,

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And I have understood that this search is not only about Paris.”

The series is going to be exposed at the Colombian Consulate in Paris until the next June 7th 2016, if you want to see it, you´re welcome to come during the office schedules.

Cheers!

The Controversial Art of Oh de Laval


Theater at Trocadero from the movie The Dreamers by Bertolucci. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

Street at Strasbourg St-Dennis from the movie Une Femme est une Femme by Godard. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

Here I am, in a bright and sunny day inside the darkness of the metro, going to meet Oh de Laval at popular neighborhood Strasbourg St Dennis, my head is full of thoughts intrigued by the mysterious personality of this young Polish painter, I have been talking with her through Facebook during the last month and a half, trying to step inside her world to imagine the best way to photograph her. I step out of the metro and finally see her from the back, waiting for me just outside de exit, with a sporty outfit and a small backpack, I arrive from behind, she turns her head, we see each other in the distance, a smile comes out of our souls and then we finally say hi face to face.

Oh de Laval is a Paris lover, she’s always in Paris for her birthday the 7 of January, celebrating with her friends around Strasbourg-St Dennis, le Marais and Cafe la Perle near Picasso museum. During our conversations in Facebook before she came to Paris, I found that she has a deep knowledge about the movies that has been filmed in this city, so I decided to photographed her in the places where those movies were filmed, giving her the opportunity to put her own personality inside the ambiance of those movies. From her list I picked Une Femme est un Femme from Jean-luc Godard shot entirely at Strasbourg-St Denis, The Dreamers from Bernardo Bertolucci which was filmed by the iconic Cafe Valois and at Trocadero theater and finally Last Tango in Paris  by Bernardo Bertolucci filmed in the area of Bir-Hakeim.

Pictures done in places related to the movies Une Femme est une Femme, the dreamers and last tango in paris.

Her personality is as controversial as her work full of color, violence, sex and love, you will never guess which will be her answer to the next question. While we were having a coffee in a traditional Parisian cafe by the Porte St. Dennis, I called her an artist and she immediately replied “I’m not calling myself an artist, I’m a painter. I’m the only one who knows which one of my paintings is art and which one isn´t, if I can finish the painting with the idea that I want, it’s art for me, if not it’s just a painting.” and she continuous by saying “I just paint because I like it, people come and go, one day they like you and the next day they don’t, one day they like one of my paintings and the next one they don’t like it because it’s too violent. I think that if you like someone`s work, you should like everything of it, people like to put artist in boxes: abstract, portrait, landscape, etc. but one person is made of many different layers.”

Theater at Trocadero from the movie The Dreamers by Bertolucci. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

When Oh de Laval was 19 went to the school of design but she quitted because it was too hard for her, she didn´t felt the freedom to do what she wanted. Right after she started to paint and unexpectedly, she received the strong support of one of her teachers from the design school who made her life difficult while she was a student. Today she paints full-time, her art is managed by a young Parisian girl who she found through instagram looking to meet somebody in the city, the girl end up being an art student, they met and went out to Bastille, got drunk and days after she became her manager.

Street at Strasbourg St-Dennis from the movie Une Femme est une Femme by Godard. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

When people says that her work has an influence of Picasso she says: “I don’t see it! Actually, one time during one of my vernissages in Paris a guy told me that my work looked like Picasso, and I asked him: why didn’t you say it looks like George Braque? and he replied, because the only cubist I know is Picasso…so?” and then she adds “I’m more influenced by Francis Bacon, not in the style but in the subject matter. He’s not my inspiration as a painter, but more like a person, he was very cool guy and I like the way he lived.”

Porte de St. Dennis from the movie Une Femme est une Femme by Godard. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

I continued digging inside her personality, I take a new zip of my coffee, looked her straight to the eyes and very intrigued by the continuous use of different kinds of violence mixed with sex on her work, I asked her why and she says “Because it has a strong impact on people, it moves some strong emotions, you have to kick people’s ass to make them move, as Francis Bacon said: The art that has no balls, has no value”.  That answer was in contradiction with the person who I was watching in front of me,  when you see her, you can only think about tenderness and love, with a soft voice and sweet face you can only imagine an angel fallen from the sky, and then she gives me the final thrust by saying “I have a horrible character, I’m very terrorist, I’m the only child at home and I always have to get what I want.”

Theater at Trocadero from the movie The Dreamers by Bertolucci. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

Oh de Laval. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

My cup of tea was almost empty, a sign that we should step out into the streets to start shooting, but I had one last question in my mind and as I said before, her answer was also unexpected…Do you have a boyfriend? “I completely quit the idea to have a boyfriend, I don’t want to spend time on it, I spent the best years of my life with guys and since I can have many boyfriends, why should I think to have just one? We humans are not monogamous by nature and also not sedentary, I love to keep moving and traveling and at the end of my life I want to have my grave in Barcelona.”

Strasbourg St. Denis neighborhood from the movie Une Femme est une Femme movie by Godard. © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

After that last answer, we walked to each one of the places from the selection of movies that I picked, to paint with light the way I saw her that day.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

The Magnetic Energy of Actress Madeleine Pougatch


Madeleine Pougatch

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I meet Madeleine for the fist time on a cloudy and cold day at the end of 2015, we met at the metro station Hotel de Ville exit of rue de Rivoli and immediately we headed towards a cafe bar three blocks from there. We sat down in one of those small tables with a typical red couch in one of the sides and in the other a normal chair, I let her pick the side and she sits in the couch. The waiter arrives, she orders a strong cocktail, strong as her personality and right away, I started to be bombarded by all that avalanche of energy that she emanates, specially through her big emerald color eyes.

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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Madeleine is an actress by choice and by passion, since she was a 3-year-old child she was always looking where was a camera to stand in front of it, she had this strong desire to live a life in front of the lens. she almost felted like a jealousy of the actors that she was watching on the movies. Ever since, she used to create plays with her brothers and sisters  where she was always acting, but also directing and disguising them to personify each of the characters.

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When the moment to decide about her professional career arrived, acting couldn´t be an option since her family was not related to the field and she didn´t know anybody in that world, so she decided to do a bachelor in Hospitality Management. Nevertheless, the first day of class when the teacher asked her what she wanted to do after the school, rather than answering she wanted to be an entrepreneur or a business woman, she said “I want to be an actress and singer”, because she also uses of her sexy  hoarse voice to sign, actually in this moment she’s working a piece of music with Jerome Goldet who is the bassist of Mathieu Chedid, et  Vanessa Paradis.

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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She always knew her passion was acting and ones she finished her bachelor, she decided to go full-time into the search of her real dream, as she says “There is just one life, I didn’t want to have regrets and so I decided to go deeply on it”. It was only until she was 22 years old that she started to study theater at Cours Simon . Since then things have been evolving as an actress, last week for example, she was at St. Petersburg presenting her first main role in an independent film called “Particulier à Particulier”, which was first presented in Paris in an independent festival. The film is completely filled by her character and as she says “if you don’t like me as an actress, you’re not going to like the film.”

This time we met at a typical crepes restaurant by the Canal St. Martin called Lulu La Nantaise, small and cozy ambiance, with tables that are as big as the scope of your own breath, she ordered a Salmon crepe and in my side I got a chicken cheese and honey mustard one. But of course, when we were ordering the drinks, Madeleine  recommended me to try the cider, which is a french apple wine, we got a jar for the two of us. Of course I have to thanks her because the recommendation was great, it was the best starter to warm up our tiny table and our shooting.

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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The food arrived, we started to eat and went deeply in a conversation about her life and she made me understand that the fascination she has for acting is because it allows her to live all the stories she can’t in real life, as she said “if I would do in real life, what I do in the scene, I would become completely crazy: killing a baby, being a lawyer, being a crazy mother in law, etc. As an actress, I can do all those things which I have the desire to do a little bit, but in real life I can’t. At the end, what I love of acting is that it makes me vibrate and there is no other thing in life that can make me feel like that”

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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Right now, she also working mainly in two projects: a role in a french TV show called “Joséphine Ange Gardien” of TF1, she will be playing a young 16th years old girl during the 60´s, who got pregnant and has to abandon her baby.  The second project, is a role in a film where she had to work in the snow, up in the mountains with a beautiful sled dog, shooting in a T-shirt under the cold winter and doing scenes where she had to put her feet and arms completely inside the snow.  She’s also working in a project for a group of 30 students inspired in Maurice Pialat, at the same time she will be filming for a director of the école de la cité  who wrote a film inspired on her as actress, she says to inspire someone to create a story is “The grail of any actor”

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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Meanwhile, we were eating and in between the sounds of the cutlery hitting the plates and the noise of the talks of the tiny tables besides us, I asked her which would be her dream roll? She looks up and after a fraction of a second without any shadow of a doubt she says: “I would like to represent Charlotte Corday, the noble girl who killed the french revolution leader Jean-Paul Marat inside his own house while taking a bath. She was sentenced to the guillotine dressed in a red which represented the betrayers who had killed a representative of the people. But, in general I would like to do different roles, change from one genre to the other, from comedy, to drama, to action, to history, etc” She looks down to her plate and continues eating.

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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We finished our lunch and with the stomach full and the soul warmed up by the cider, we went out to hit the streets of this neighborhood by the Canal St. Martin, but wait! she says, before I have to smoke a cigarette. The area of Canal St. Martin is one of the places which Madeleine likes the most in Paris, she says: “it is a very Parisian area, with a huge population of young people and with an immense diversity of places for the social live: bars ,restaurants, cafes, brasseries and of course the sidewalks of the canal which become a picnic area during the spring and summer” and since I like construct the visual stories around something attached to my guests, we went there to do our shoot.

Actress Madeleine Pougatch at canal st. martin.

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To finish I just have to say that while I´m writing finishing to write this post, I´m watching live on Internet the visit of Barack Obama to Cuba, the fist visit of president from United States in more than 50 years, at the same time is Monday of Eastern and it is also Full moon … too many coincidences for one day and I can predict that is because also with Madeleine we are being witness of the birth of a new star.

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So, here is the photo story about my walk with her, a very passionate actress that I´m sure will reach all her goals and will delight us with her talent and explosive energy through the screen for many years.

Cheers!

El Irónico trabajo de Thierry Bruet.


Painter Thierry Bruet

ENGLISH VERSION

Este año quise empezar a invitar artistas a mi blog cuyo arte a primera vista me sacudiera el corazón y el cerebro al mismo tiempo, artistas que estuvieran desarrollando una manera original de ver, diferente a lo que normalmente encontramos alrededor, pero al mismo tiempo, artistas con un fuerte sentido de la crítica del mundo moderno.

Una noche, cuando ya estaba acostado en mi cama decidí  iniciar una búsqueda en Instagram por hashtags y encontré éste: #parisart, ingresé y poco a poco comencé a desplazarme hacia abajo, en medio de la completa oscuridad de mi pequeño apartamento, sólo la luz de mi iphone estaba encendida iluminando mi cara, trataba de encontrar algo que atrajera mi atención. De repente, una pintura llena de colores sorprendentes atrajo mis ojos como un imán, inmediatamente di click en ella y cuando abrió las fibras de esa doble conexión se conectaron , la pintura era del artista francés  Thierry Bruet.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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A la mañana siguiente, lo primero que hice fue enviar un correo electrónico a Thierry y un par de horas más tarde ese mismo día recibí una llamada telefónica de un número que no tenía registrado, contesté y en el otro lado estaba la amable,  profunda y dinámica voz de Thierry Bruet, diciéndome que quería concertar una cita para el día siguiente….Cuando las cosas están destinadas a suceder, las puertas se abren sin problemas, sin ningún esfuerzo.

La pintura de Thierry Bruet  golpeó mi doble fibra interna por 3 razones: en primer lugar utiliza una técnica clásica para pintar (que es inusual en nuestros días), en segundo lugar los colores, contrastes y la forma en que utiliza la luz es  simplemente increíble y tercero (y más importante) la forma en que se burla de la sociedad con sus cuadros mediante la combinación de personajes de épocas del arte totalmente diferentes, en situaciones que tienen un fuerte sentido de crítica, usando una forma caricaturesca para pintar que hace más fuerte el mensaje que quiere enviar. Cuando le pregunté por esta última razón, me dijo “Yo pinto personas que pueden encontrarse fácilmente en las calles, personas con una belleza que no es la tradicional para las pinturas clásicas, incluso se puede encontrar gente con un aspecto más caricaturesco en la vida real, es simplemente  una belleza diferente, que normalmente no se encuentra en las pinturas clásicas y por eso lo hago “.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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El día de la sesión de fotos llegué a su estudio alrededor de las 11:30 am, la mañana estaba fría y nublada, abrí la puerta, pasé por una cortina hecha de un plástico de burbujas y allí estaba sentado en su sofá fumando tranquilamente  un cigarrillo mientras me esperaba. El ambiente en su estudio es cálido y acogedor, con algunas luces tenues en la sala donde se encuentra un hermoso sofá escoltado por una enorme biblioteca y justo al lado está el espacio donde pinta, lleno de materiales, bocetos, marcos y por supuesto de pinturas que realiza en ese gran formato que le gusta usar. Thierry me ofrece un café expreso, se olvida de traer el azúcar y Cesar (su compañero, que está a cargo de todas las cuestiones administrativas que Thierry odia) le recuerda traerla a la mesa, nos sentamos en la sala , empezamos a hablar, a romper el hielo y a decidir cómo empezar mientras disfrutábamos el sabor del café.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Thierry es un pintor autodidacta, ha pintando desde que tiene memoria y el primer contacto que tuvo con los maestros del arte fue cuando tenía 5 años y su abuelo lo llevó al Louvre. Sin embargo, la única persona de la familia relacionada con las artes era su tía (la hermana de su madre), quien trabajaba con  Paul Colin (un fabricante de afiches famoso de los años 30 en París)  y al mismo tiempo era la novia de un famoso pintor francés llamado Georges Mathieu quien trabajaba con la abstracción lírica en los años 50.

Un día, su tía le pidió que le diera una de sus pinturas y se la llevó a casa, cuando Georges Mathieu fue a visitarla, vio la obra de Thierry y le preguntó: “¿Has comprado un Modigliani? Wow! Un Modigliani pintado por un niño que simplemente se divertía jugando con pinturas. Cuando ella le contó a Thierry la historia, él se sintió muy orgulloso de ello, pero como solo tenía 7 años de edad, no entendió bien lo que significaba, como él dice “Fue una manera de sentirme bien y continuar pintando todo el tiempo”.

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Años después, tuvo que tomar la decisión sobre su carrera profesional, pero como venía de una familia de industriales (su padre tenía una empresa de publicidad), estudiar bellas artes en ese momento no era una opción, por lo que pensó: “Voy a estudiar algo entre los dos campos (industrial y de artes) y se decidió por la arquitectura”.

Cuando se graduó, comenzó a trabajar como arquitecto en un estudio de diseño, era el encargado de hacer los planos, años después se involucró a fondo con en el negocio y terminó construyendo edificios en París. Sin embargo, toda la gestión administrativa que implica ese trabajo lo aburría enormemente y paralelamente continuaba con la pintura. El día de su primera exposición llegó y poco a poco empezó a involucrarse más en su trabajo como pintor hasta que a la edad de 35 años finalmente decidió dedicarse tiempo completo a ser un artista. Su trayectoria no es la normal de un pintor y siempre ha pintado con una técnica clásica, por lo cual explica: “Creo que todavía hay una gran cantidad cosas por decir con este estilo y como yo quiero enviar mensajes directos, la mejor manera de estar cerca a la realidad es usando el estilo clásico para pintar “.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Cuando le pregunté acerca de la reacción del público francés a sus pinturas, dice “Hay algunas personas a las que les gusta lo que hago, pero en general el público francés es un poco aburrido, no tienen una mente vanguardista y siempre quieren el mismo estilo clásico “. Thierry piensa que el arte está hoy en día exactamente en el mismo momento del siglo 19, cuando los grandes “Salones de Pintura” vendían obras de los pintores oficiales por una fortuna y paralelamente había un grupo de artistas que estaban desarrollando nuevos conceptos pero nadie los conocía y agrega: “Hoy en día los museos no quieren perderse nada del arte e incluso si no lo entienden lo compran debido a su miedo a pasar por encima de algo que podría ser importante en el futuro, sin embargo, la mayoría de las veces terminan comprando basura y mi arte se burla de ese sistema “.  Por su parte, el continua viviendo su día a día, no le gusta hacer planes para el futuro y sigue vendiendo su arte en todo el mundo, su próxima exposición tendrá lugar en Palm Beach, en el mes de abril de 2016.

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Ese día, los tres (Thierry, Cesar y yo) almorzamos en su estudio, Cesar trajo una pizza deliciosa de un buen restaurante italiano que queda a la vuelta  y el más sorprendente Éclairé de café que he probado desde que vivo en Francia. Hablamos de su gusto por los buenos restaurantes en París, su amor por la isla de Córcega y otras regiones de Francia que vale la pena visitar y al final terminamos con broche de oro hablando un poco acerca de Napoleón.

Esta es la forma en que vi a Thierry Bruet en su estudio, espero que disfruten las fotos!

The Ironic work of Thierry Bruet


Painter Thierry Bruet

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SPANISH VERSION

I wanted to start inviting artists to my blog whose art at first sight could shake my heart and my brain at the same time, artists who were developing an original way to see, different from what we normally see around, but at the same time artists with a strong sense of critic of modern world.

One night when I went to bed decided to start searching on Instagram by hash tags and found this one: #parisart, slowly started to scroll down, in the middle of the complete darkness of my flat, just the light of my iphone was lighting my face, trying to find something who could attract my attention. Suddenly a painting full of amazing colors attracted my eyes as a magnet, I immediately tapped on it and when it opened my dual fibers connected, the painting was from French artist Thierry Bruet.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Next morning, the first thing I did was to send an email to Thierry and Couple hours later that same day I received a phone call from a number I didn’t have registered, picked it up and in the other side I had the friendly, deep and dynamic voice of Thierry Bruet, telling me he wanted to arrange an appointment for the next day….When things are meant to happen, the doors open smoothly, with no effort.

Thierry Bruet paintings knocked my inner dual fiber for 3 reasons: first of all he´s using a classical technique to paint (which is unusual for this modern days), second the colors, contrasts and the way he use light are just amazing and third (and most important) the way he mocks society with his paintings, by combining characters from totally different eras of art, on situations that have an strong sense of critic using a caricaturized way to paint his characters which makes stronger the message he wants to send. When I asked him about this last reason, he said “I just paint people who you could easily find in the streets, people with a non traditional beauty for classic paintings, you can even find people with a more caricaturized appearance in real life, it’s just a different beauty that normally you will not find in classical paintings and that’s why I do it”.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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The day of the shooting I arrived to his studio around 11:30 am, the morning was cold and cloudy, I opened door, passed through a curtain made out of a bubble wrap and there he was sitting on his sofa placidly smoking a cigarette while waiting for me. The ambiance in his studio is warm and cozy, with some low lights in the living room where you find a beautiful sofa escorted by a huge library and just besides the space where he paints, full of materials, sketches, frames and of course paintings made in the big format that he likes to use. Thierry offered me an espresso, he forgot to bring the sugar and Cesar (his partner, who’s  in charge of all the administrative issues which Thierry hates) remembers him to bring it to the table, we sat down in the living room, started talking, braking the ice and deciding how to start while we were enjoying the flavor of that coffee.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Thierry is a self – taught painter, he’s been painting since he has memory and the first contact he had with the masters of art was when he was 5 years old and his grand father took him to the Louvre.  But the only person of the family related to arts was his aunt (the sister of his mother), who was working in the fine arts market with Paul Colin (a famous poster maker from the 30’s) and was the girlfriend of a famous French painter called Georges Mathieu who was into the lyric abstraction in the 50’s.

One day, her aunt ask him to giver her one of his paintings and she took it home, when Georges Mathieu came to visit her, he saw the work of Thierry and ask her: “Have you bought a Modigliani? ” Wow! A Modigliani painted by a child that was just having fun playing with paintings. Then she told Thierry the story, he felt very proud of it but  since he was just 7 years old, he couldn’t understand well what that meant but as he says “it was a way to feel good and continue painting all the time”.

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© L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

Years after, he had to make a decision about his professional career, but he came from an industrial family (his father had an advertisement company), so studying fine arts at that time was not an option. He thought “I’m going to study something between both fields (industrial & arts), so I will do architecture”.

Ones he graduated, he started working as an architect in a design studio, he was in charge of doing the plans, years after he went deep in the business and ended up constructing buildings in Paris. But all the administrative management involved in that work just bored him, meanwhile he continued painting and the day of his first exhibition arrived . Little by little he started to get more involved into his work as a painter until the age of 35 when he finally decided to dedicate full time to be an artist. He has not followed the normal path of a painter and he has always painted with a classic technique and explains: “I think there is still a lot things to say with this style and since I want to send straight messages, the best way to keep it closer to reality is by using the classical style to paint.”

Painter Thierry Bruet

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When I asked him about the reaction of the French public to his paintings, he says “There is some people here that like what I do, but in general the French public is a bit dull, they don’t have a vanguard mind set and always want the classic style”. He thinks art is today in the exact same moment of the 19th century, when the big “Salons de Peinture” were selling for a fortune the official painters and in the side there was a group of artists who were developing new concepts but nobody knew them. He says “Today museums don’t want to miss anything in art and even if they don’t understand it, they buy it due to their fear to pass over something that would be important in the future, but most of the time they end up buying crap and my art mocks that system”. At the end, he continuous living his day by day, he doesn’t like to make plans for the future and continue selling his art all around the world, his next exhibition will take place in Palm Beach in the month of April 2016.

That day, the 3 of us (Thierry, Cesar and me) had lunch together at his studio, Cesar brought a delicious pizza from a good Italian restaurant around the corner and the most amazing Eclaire du Cafe that I’ve had since living here in France. We talked about their taste for good restaurants in Paris, their love for the Island of Corsica and other regions around France worth to visit and at end we finish with the cherry on the pie talking a little bit about Napoleon.

Here is the way I saw Thierry Bruet  in his studio, hope you enjoy the pictures!

El Contragolpe Francés a los Ataques Terroristas.


Paris Attacks Nov. 13 2015

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ENGLISH VERSION

El aislamiento de las grandes capitales como París del ruido de las atrocidades que están sucediendo en todo el mundo crea una sensación de estar fuera de la realidad de nuestro planeta, sin embargo la historia siempre se encarga de golpearnos en la cara y atornillarnos los pies a la tierra, haciéndonos reaccionar y entender que ya no somos intocables en ningún lugar, que estamos viviendo un momento histórico de la humanidad y que debemos abrir los ojos para despertar a la cruda realidad.

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El 13 de noviembre de 2015 en París fue para mí exactamente uno de esos momentos que llegaron para sacudirme el alma y hacerme entender el momento que estamos viviendo hoy en el mundo. Un día después de los ataques terroristas en París, decidí salir a la calle con mi cámara, para visitar los lugares donde ocurrieron los ataques, sumergiéndome en las multitudes, derritiendo mi alma con el pueblo de París en medio de sus reacciones a este trágico evento para tratar de capturar en imágenes todo lo que estaba viendo durante los 5 días siguientes a los ataques.

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Soy un inmigrante en este país, he estado viviendo aquí desde hace 3 años y todavía hay muchas cosas que aprender y entender de la cultura francesa, pero estos 5 días en las calles, viviendo entre la gente, sintiendo su energía, escuchando sus conversaciones, observándolos, oliendo la tragedia y tocando la realidad con mis dedos me han enseñado más que nunca  sobre ellos y sobre la vida desde que pise por primera vez este país.

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Paris Attacks Nov. 13 2015

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Caminé por todos los lugares de los ataques: Le Bataclan, Le Petite Cambodge, Le Carrillon, La rue de la Fontaine au Roi y La Place de la République (que es el principal punto de encuentro de los Parisinos para hacer protestas) y sentí el denso jarabe de la tristeza deslizarse directamente en mi alma, difundiendo su sabor amargo de una persona a otra en completo silencio, un silencio que hablaba a través de los ojos de cada persona en voz alta, un silencio de tristeza, pero al mismo tiempo, un silencio de coraje porque los Parisinos no tienen miedo de estos bárbaros que quieren eliminar la palabra libertad como uno de los valores fundamentales de la nación Francesa. Fue muy conmovedor, especialmente porque yo personalmente he estado al menos una vez en todos los lugares donde ocurrieron los ataques tomando una cerveza, un café o comiendo con amigos, así que no podía dejar de pensar: podría haber sido yo!

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Una de las cosas que me ha sorprendido de los franceses durante todos estos días, es la forma en que han reaccionado a los ataques en general, en vez de sentir miedo y permanecer encerrados en sus lugares, han estado en las calles, visitando los lugares de los ataques, haciendo una peregrinación de luto para acompañar a sus compatriotas, han salido a las terrazas de los restaurantes a tomar un café o cenar con sus amigos, se han estado reuniendo para protestar y cantar canciones de libertad y nacionalismo francés, en resumen han mantenido viva su vida cotidiana Parisina, llena de actividad en las calles. Su reacción parece representar muy bien la frase de Mahatma Gandhi: “Cuando hay una tormenta, los pájaros se esconden y las águilas vuelan más alto”, supongo que es el legado de siglos que esta ciudad tiene y que está incluso escrito en su escudo de armas: “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur“, que significa “Sacudida pero nunca hundida”.

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Los ataques fueron una amenaza directa contra el valor de la libertad que los Franceses han promulgado y protegido desde la revolución francesa, un valor que han entendido como la piedra angular de su sociedad, de seguro que no hay mejor cultura en el mundo que la francesa para entender de manera holística cuál es el significado de la palabra Libertad. Pero estos terroristas parecen no entender eso y al hacer este tipo de ataques, en lugar de enviar un mensaje de miedo y sumisión, lo que están logrando es crear una unión más fuerte de los franceses en su contra, una unión que no tiene miedo en absoluto y lo más importante una unión que está alimentada por los jóvenes, las nuevas generaciones que fueron las principales víctimas del 13 de noviembre, una unión que está articulada entre sí por el profundo deseo de defender esa palabra Libertad.

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Otra cosa que me ha impresionado de los franceses, es su cultura de debate y especialmente en momentos de crisis como éste. Al llegar a los lugares relacionados con los atentados como Le BataclanLa Place de la République, uno se encuentra durante todo el día grupos de personas que se reúnen para debatir, no sobre lo que pasó, sino sobre lo que tienen que hacer ahora para cambiar o superar esta situación.

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Los Franceses aman profundamente debatir, con las ideas, con criterios y un debate entre dos personas puede evolucionar fácilmente a una gran multitud de 20 o 30, donde la palabra de cada persona que quiere hablar es escuchada y respetada, y al mismo tiempo refutada por los que no están de acuerdo dentro de un ambiente respetuoso. He visto en esos debates personas de diferentes religiones, estatus sociales, color de piel o nivel de educación intercambiando sus puntos de vista y haciendo un debate productivo para avanzar hacia ideas y acciones concretas. Es la muestra de la evolución de una sociedad en donde se aceptan las diferencias y estas pueden vivir juntas, una idea que es completamente opuesta a la idea de los terroristas de una sociedad donde sólo pueda existir una manera de pensar y de vivir.

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El sabor que me queda en el corazón, la mente y el alma después de tantos días de estar en medio de la gente y los lugares de los ataques es un sabor agridulce, una mezcla entre la tristeza profunda, la inmensa valentía y la decisión del pueblo francés para mostrar que no tienen miedo y que van a luchar por su libertad hasta el final , van a luchar por seguir viviendo su vida cotidiana sin restricciones, lo cual yo entiendo como el primer contragolpe que el pueblo francés le ha dado a los terroristas. No sé lo que va a pasar a continuación, de lo que si estoy muy seguro es que la semilla de un cambio en la sociedad francesa se ha sembrado el pasado 13 de noviembre y seguirá creciendo grande,  alimentada por la valentía y la libertad de esta sociedad.

Aquí están las imágenes que hice en todos estos 5 días, espero que les ayuden a entender un poco lo que yo sentí.

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The French Kickback to the Terrorist Attacks.


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SPANISH VERSION

The isolation of the big capitals like Paris from the noise of the atrocities that take place around the world strengthens that feeling of being out of the reality of our planet, but history always handles to hit you in the face and nail down your feet to the ground to make you react and understand that you are not untouchable anymore or anywhere, that we are living a historic moment of humankind and we must open our eyes to the cruel reality.

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November 13th of 2015 in Paris was for me exactly one of those moments which arrived to shake my soul and make me understand the historic moment we are living in the world. One day after the terrorist attacks in Paris, I decided to go out in the streets with my camera, to visit the places where the attacks occurred and sumerge my self into the crowds,  melting my soul with the people of Paris in the middle of their reactions to this tragic event to try to capture in images all what I was watching for the next 5 days after the attacks .

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I´m an immigrant in this country, I´ve been living here the last 3 years and still there are many things to learn and understand from the french culture, but these 5 days in the streets, living among the people, feeling their energy, listening to their talks, watching them, smelling the tragedy and touching the reality with my fingers have taught me more about them and about life than ever before since I put my feet on this country.

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Paris Attacks Nov. 13 2015

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I walked all the places of the attacks: Le Bataclan, Le Petite Cambodge, Le Carrillon, La rue de la Fontaine au Roi and La Place de la République (which is the main meeting point for parisians to do protests) and I felt that heavy syrup of sadness slipping directly into my soul, spreading its bitter flavor from one person to the other in complete silence, a silence that speaks through the eyes of every person out loud, a silence of sadness but at the same time a silence of courage because Parisians are not afraid of these barbarians who want to eliminate the word Freedom as one of the core values of the french nation. It was very touching, specially because I have been at least one time in all of the places where the attacks occurred having a beer, a coffee or dinning with different friends, so I could not stop thinking: it could have been me!

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One of the things that has amazed me about french in all theses days, is the way they have reacted to the attacks in general, instead of feeling afraid and staying locked at their places, they have been out in the streets, visiting the places of the attacks doing pilgrimage of mourning to accompany their compatriots, they have been in the terraces of the restaurants having a coffee or having dinner with their friends, they have been gathering to protest and to sing the songs of freedom and french nationalism, in summary they kept living their normal parisian life full of activity outside in the streets. Their reaction seems to represent very well the phrase of Mahatma Gandhi: “When there is a storm, the birds hide themselves and the eagles fly higher”, I guess is the legacy of centuries that this city has  and that´s even written on their city shield: “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” which means “Tossed but not sunk”.

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The attacks were a direct threat to the value of freedom that french have enacted and protected since the french revolution, a value that they have understood is the cornerstone of their society, for sure there is no better culture in the world than the french to understand what is the holistic meaning of the word Freedom. But these terrorist seem to don´t understand this about french culture and by doing this type of terrorist attacks, instead of sending a message of fear and submission, what they are achieving is to make a stronger union of french society against them, a union that is not afraid at all and the most important a union that is powered for the young people, the new generations that were the main victims of November 13th, a union that is joint together by the deep desire to defend that word Freedom.

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Another thing that has impressed me about the french, is their culture to debate and specially in moments of crisis like this one. When you arrive to places related to the attacks like Le Bataclan or La Place de la République, you will find during the whole day groups of people that gather together to debate, not about what happened but instead about what they have to do now to change or overcome this situation.

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French love deeply to debate, with ideas, with criteria and debate between two people, can easily evolve to a huge crowd of 20 or 30 people, where the word of every person that wants to speak is heard and respected and at the same time refuted by the ones that don’t agree in the most respectful ambience. I’ve seen in those debates people from different religions, social status, color of skin or education level exchanging their points of view and constructing a productive debate to advance to concrete ideas and actions. It shows the evolution of a society where the differences are accepted and can live together, an idea which is completely opposite to the idea of the terrorist of a society where there could only exist one way to think and live.

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The flavor that remains in my heart, my mind and my soul after all these days being in the middle of the people and the places of the attacks is a flavor of bittersweet, a mix between the deep sadness, the immense courage and decision of the french people to show that they are not afraid and they will fight for their freedom until the end by keep living their daily life with no restrictions, which for me has been the first and most important kickback that the people of France has gave to the terrorist. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but what I’m really sure is that the seed for a change in the french society have been sown past November 13th and it will keep growing big nourished by the courage and freedom of the french society.

Here are the images I made in all these 5 days, hope they help you to understand a bit what I felt.

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The Mysterious World of Actress Lara Megan Mistretta


A day on Lara´s life.

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In my search in photography for real life experiences, real people, real life stories, real life moments, I decided to search inside the world of actors and more specifically I wanted to see the life from inside of an actress, the places she likes, the place she lives and her passions.

A day on Lara´s life.

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So I contacted Lara, a french actress born from the mix of an Italian father and an argentinian mother, an interesting 3 cultures cocktail. I had met her 2 years ago when we did a small shooting in a studio while I was in the photography school,  but this time I wanted to take pictures of her universe, staying with her during one day, to get a touch of her life, so I proposed her the idea and she immediately accepted.

That day I arrived to Lara´s home located in a typical parisian building in the 3rd district of Paris, a very particular place of the city center where you can find a mix between the jewish neighborhood called Le Marais, the trendy stores, the cool restaurants and also a strong presence of the gay community.

The door of the building had a beautiful grayish blue color with some small windows guarded by steal bars with amazing plant´s shapes. When you open the door a classical checked black & white floor welcomes you surrounded by mirrors that seems to be staring at you until the end of the hall where a door with colorful stained glass invites you to go into the typical parisian wooden snail staircases. Everything in the halls was perfectly painted, with really good taste and simplicity, it was like entering into the beginnings of XIX century in a really pleasant way.

A day on Lara´s life.

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I knocked in the door and Lara opens, letting me go inside of her calmed, relaxed and mysterious world. An apartment with a very beautiful light that enters through 4 huge windows and bathes the whole apartment with an special energy, an energy that I´m sure is potentiated by Lara´s aura itself. Lara was dressed like at home, in a really relaxed way, with a pink extra size shirt and black leggins, really confortable and natural, exactly what I wanted for the start of the shoot, I wanted the real way, her way.

We started talking about her place, her life, the weather, the light, the cappuccino that she made me, about how she eats in a really healthy way since she´s a child by her own decision, long before all this fashion of being healthy arrived (no meat or processed food is included on her diet), about her neighbors and the cat that from time to time she coddle when he knocks on her door and of course about the passions that she has in life besides acting.

A day on Lara´s life.

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I discovered that behind her big and beautiful eyes the soul of a real passionated artist is living the present to express her feelings, desires, dreams, fears and demons. Lara not only has followed her passion for acting studying at many different schools like Cours FlorentCNRR (Conservatoire National) Nice or Atelier Blanche Salant & Paul Weaver  and winning prices like the Soulier d’Or for best actress in “Lifever” at Festival 2013, the Grand Prix of the Jury du Dau’Film Festival 2013 and Special price of the jury for the best actress Palmares at the Vidéo Festival of Voreppe in « Lifever » de Ted Hardy Carnac 2014, but also she´s an avid writer keeping her own well decorated personal books and diaries, at the same time she also paints when the inspiration of the daily life comes and makes her hands flow with her soul over the canvas.

A day on Lara´s life.

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But it doesn´t end there, she also loves to dance and letting her body free her inner energies and desires whenever she´s alone at her place or when assisting to the Centre de Danse du Marais – Mia Frye to dans street jazz. In sum, Lara is like one of those living volcanos that appears beautiful and calmed from outside, but inside her bowels the hot lave of her artistic passion is boiling getting ready to explode when the time comes to show to the artistic world her existence.

A day on Lara´s life.

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When you talked to Lara, you feel the mystery on her life, on the way she sees and she talks, the way she thinks and goes from one topic to the other, the way she takes you from one situation to the next one, you start discovering the parallel worlds that she can see not only through her real eyes, but with the eyes of her soul. Since she´s a child she has had the ability to experience things that not many of us can, having out of body experiences like that one time while staying at her apartment being awake she was able to see what was her girl friend doing in the corridor of the entrance of the building while she was 6 floors above her, when her friend came back into her apartment Lara asked her if she was doing this and that and her friend was just amazed to tell her that was exactly what she was doing downstairs. The mysterious soul of Lara is enriched by this type of parallel world stories and many more out of which she could made a film saga if that was her desire.

A day on Lara´s life.

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That day, as the time passed by, Lara started opening more and more layers of her life for me to see and to know, it was like an artichoke that was taking away little by little, one by one of her petals. We went for a walk, we had lunch together in a very typical parisian cafe, we went to the marché des enfants rouges, walk around different corners of the neighborhood and came back to her home with the soul and the life richer by the fact that we had learned from the life experience of each other in a sincere way.

A day on Lara´s life.

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Here are the pictures of the amazing journey with the polyvalent, mysterious, calmed and full of good vibes of Lara Megan Mistretta, hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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THE FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE – Aerial Photography Journey.


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The cellphone vibrates one time, it´s a whatsapp message, I`m concentrated on the computer, scrolling down, looking at some pictures from Paris I had taken the week before, I´m looking, thinking, selecting, feeling and remembering the seconds which are embedded in each of those pictures. I continue working, the Iphone still remains there, in the table by the keyboard and again it vibrates 3 more times, the creak of the vibration against the old green wood of my desk disconnects me from my photo world, I turn my head and look at it, grab it in my hand to see the message, the screen shows I have a message from my friend and brother in Paris Gabo and it says: Alejo, how are you? I´m going to fly this weekend, do you want to come with me?

I immediately had contrasted feelings, I wanted to say yes! I´m going! but at the same time the fear appeared inside of me since I know it will be a learning flight for my friend. I think, I feel, I think and I feel again, some minutes passed by before answering the message, the battle of the heart and the reason goes on inside my body, finally as it has been for me in the last years, the heart wins and 5 minutes later I answer the message: ¨Hey Gabo, I´m good! sure, let`s do it!”

Two weeks went by and here I´m am on a saturday early morning, packing my equipment and getting ready, waiting for Gabo to arrive on his blue Peugeot 208 to pick me up. I finish everything and sit down in the couch, in the middle of the silence of my flat at 7:30 am in the morning.  I can hear my breath slowly going in and out of my nose, I start relaxing, feeling comfortable, the rhythm of my breath starts slowing his speed, I start getting sleepy and suddenly the cellphone vibrates again, I got a whatsapp message: “Alejo, I`m here just outside, let´s go!”

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One hour after,  we are arriving to the Aéroclub Aigle de St-Maur, a sunny and bright day just perfect for  the adventure welcomes us in the aviation club. Ones I cross the door I enter to a world that feels back like in the past century. The first thing I see is the wooden desk of the counter with the logo of an eagle, all the chairs, colors, sofas and interior design in general has kept this flavor of the 80´s, I continue walking until the back of the room where there is a foosball and an old coffee machine, I see a brownish, padded old sofa that is inviting me strongly with its shape to sit down and relax, the smell of coffee reaches my noise and I start to relax again while I wait for Gabo who is in a small room preparing the flight with Jim his flight instructor.

Thirty minutes went by and we´re ready to board the small plane, a Robin DR-400 painted in blue and white stripes; while I´m going up I realize that the plain is mainly made by a really light and fragile material, Gabo tells me exactly where is the metallic part of the wing to put my foot and get inside the  cabin, I go to the back seat, Gabo goes in the front left side and Jim in the right front, the instructor gives me the headphones and ask me to put them on to see if they are working, ones I do it, a typical radio noise comes into my ears asking me if I hear him, I just say yes!

The engine is on, we start moving and my heart starts beating more strongly, I hear through the headphones a technical language between Gabo, Jim and the control tower, I don´t understand anything of their talk, from that moment ahead I´m completely alone in the trip, they are on their business and I have to prepare for mine.

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Ten minutes after, the tiny plane is ready to take off with the 3 of us inside, I see Gabo`s hand pulling thoroughly the accelerator and we start going really fast to take off, every single atom of that plane is shaking and I can feel all those vibrations going through my body, suddenly the nose of the plain goes up and we lift off, I can feel the wind crashing strongly to the plane, everything is moving strongly, Gabo makes a small turn right losing the balance of the plane, a strong sensation of vertigo overrun my body through all of my cells reaching the bottom of my soul, after 3 seconds Gabo corrects the maneuver, we are again on the right position and for the first time in my life I have the real sensation of flying, it´s  like riding a pegasus with just a couple of wings to keep us in the air.

Fifteen minutes later we are starting to prepare to land in another airport, I have started taking pictures long time ago, trying to get the frames I imagined, trying to be keen when I press the shooter in an environment where everything is shaking, even my breath.Gabo and Jim are concentrated on their business, we are landing and 10 seconds after we do it, we are taking off again without stoping the plane, all in the same run,  all in one move; again the plane vibrates strongly, the wind is hitting us like the ocean hits the rocks of a cliff, this time Gabo manages to make a smooth turn right and then after few seconds we are high in the sky again. We did the same operation 5 times, landing and taking off of the same airport track, until the end of the lesson when we went back to the first airport were we took off.

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One hour later I was again sitting in the brownish sofa by the foosball, I´m not anymore the same person, I have experienced how is to fly a small plane and literally feel the wind under your feet, I have changed as a person, I have one more story to tell, I have traveled in a different way for the first time and specially I have a strong dizziness to handle before coming back again to the normal life.

Thanks to Gabo again for inviting me to this aerial ride!!! Here is the photography of the adventure, the aerial and the ground pictures, I hope you enjoy them.

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Travel of Life


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I have always liked to travel and see new worlds, new cultures, new ways of seeing life, new sensations, new people; when I’m traveling I have this feeling inside of excitement, curiosity and expectation, the same one I have when I receive a gift from somebody wrapped in a nice gift paper: I dont know what comes inside and I like to unwrapped slowly and carefully, with no hurry to make that sensation of excitement, curiosity and expectation last the longer that I can.

The most important travel that we as humans will ever do is our life itself. It’s a travel even if you dont ever move from the place you were born, it’s a mind and spirit travel that you will have even if you dont want to do it, it’s a travel because you start in one point coming to life from your mother and end up in another one without ever knowing the date it will finish, it’s a travel because you will carry a luggage of experiences with you that could make the trip easy or hard to handle and it’s a travel because you are not the same person at the end of the journey.

The most interesting part of this travel of life is that the only thing you will have for sure is an end that will last forever, that final point of arrival is called death,  after that you will never be able to travel again at least in what we know as our physical tridimensional world in earth. Death is what makes the travel of life most interesting, because no matter what you decide to do in life you will end up dying and the most exiting thing about death is that none of us know when it will come; Death is not just for the old people, death is just another part of the cycle of life and it can arrive at any moment of our short human existence.

So, if we know that the only certain thing in our trip of life is death and at the same time we don’t know when it will arrive, Why should we waste our lives doing things that don’t make us feel in the present that feeling of excitement, curiosity and expectation that I mention before? Why should we live a life the way everybody does just because it’s the way it should be? Why should we waste our limited minutes of existence to do a life to please the others? and most important: Why should we live a life to feel regret for not having done what we really wanted in our last minutes before dying?

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We should have the courage to take the real control of our lives and start doing whatever brings us in the present that feeling of joy, love and passion, with no excuses for that! The monster of money in our society of hyper consumption have taken out from us our souls, clouding our minds and blackening our hearts. Former President of Uruguay José Mujica described it really well for Human the movie: “When I buy Something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it, you’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing that money can’t buy, life only gets shorter and it’s pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.”

It’s been three years since I decided to make the decision to take the control of my travel of life by doing what really has made me feel alive: Photography. Before I was living a “good life” in front of society in all aspects: economically, socially, professionally and sentimentally, but I was living empty inside and blind for our capitalism system. Today, I can say that since I made that decision three years ago, the travel of life has been five times more lonely, ten times more exiting, hundred times more human, thousand times more difficult but million times worth it.

I live this travel in the present with the gift that every morning brings to me, sometimes the gift is amazing, some times is ugly, but it’s a gift that life is bringing to you to learn something, it’s a gift that I like to unwrap slowly and carefully because I will carry it with me in the travel of life and it will help me in some way to travel more humanly, being grateful for that minute that just has passed, which will never come back; this gift will help me in my present to construct the minute that is coming next, which I will never know if it will be the last one in my life.

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I wanted to express in some way how I feel on this travel of life, so I went to the train stations where you find the powerful TGV trains to shoot some images to capture that blurry, confusing, difficult but colorful and exiting way that I´ve been living that live travel adventure in the last three years, I hope you enjoy them!

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