by JM Ramirez-Suassi
This project reveals a side of Spain that people rarely see, that some will never see. It’s great to look at a project that focuses on this side of Spain, that avoids the typical beautiful beaches, hot summer sun and dense mountain forests.
JM Ramírez-Suassi is the photographer behind this project, named Peripheries, that looks at the landscapes in Almería, a less known region in South East Spain. Here’s what Ramírez-Suassi has to say about the project:
Almería is one of the unknown regions of Spain, although it’s true that others have worked in this region and have created beautiful imagery, such as the photographer Vanessa Winship.
For me the landscapes are dreams; dreams that precipitate rapidly in the experience of emptiness. Within this experience of emptiness is where I try to construct the beauty which has possesed the place. As if I had to find an order where once only existed chaos and confusion.
We know that in photography, what is important happens in a moment. I always return to the places which have inspired me. Even if you have taken a good photograph, it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t go back to the same place. The possibility of taking a better photograph is what pushes you towards this place. Unfortunately, the photographs that I remember the most are the ones not taken. A glimpse of light, or a gesture, gone forever.