Since my son left our house to live in an assisted home, the distance between us has increased. Literally and figuratively. That's why I wanted to go back to the country where he was born once more. A search ~ busquéda ~ for its roots. With a little hope that it would awaken something in him.
The chance that you build a bond with a place that you leave around your first birthday is small. And it doesn't get bigger if your body and mind have suffered considerable scars because you were born 14 weeks early.
I will let you travel. You watch the love that I cherish for my son. It is a journey through Colombia, it is a journey through the emotional world of a complicated mother-son relationship. Living as it is. A continuous search.
Derry lives in the drowsy Irish coastal town called Skerries. The first day back to school after his very first commune, Derry proudly wears his brand new suit instead of his usual school uniform. After school, his mother takes him to the beach where Derry is delighted to stay perfectly dressed in his ensemble.
Even though the majority of the Colombian inhabitants consider the violent time with Pablo Escobar as a black page in their history, there are still people, young and old, who worship and idealize Escobar. Escobar provided many amenities to the poor. These people refer to Escobar as “Pablito”. The one who built their homes in Barrio Escobar. Pablo Escobar was killed in his hometown 25 years ago on December 3rd.
Mare is thirteen years old. At first sight, she appears to be a girl like any other girl her age. But this is not the case. Her little brother got diagnosed with a progressive muscle disease. A carefree life just like her peers doesn’t come naturally as Mare has learned to care for her brother at a very young age.
Tota is a town in the Colombian province of Sugamuxi, located near the Lago de Tota at a height of 2870 meters. I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos. His wife had recently passed away. A big loss that touched him deeply. Carlos wasn’t fortunate enough to have children and his family lives at least a 6 hours bus ride away. Even with his occasional drinking buddy, Carlos often feels alone.
The American Dream is defined by the idealistic idea by which equality of opportunity and the notion of freedom are available to any American. This set of ideals suggests that opulence and success can be achieved by even the lowest-earning households. As 47 million from a total of 324 million Americans live below the poverty threshold, the downside of these morals is immense. A person considered poor or unsuccessful is deemed to take his own responsibility.
Doug’s Place is a diner in Emerson, GA in the United States. For most of its guests, the diner is considered a safe haven. Breakfast and lunch at Doug’s Place are part of their daily routine for many years. Even though their visit is usually individually, a companion isn’t needed as the place feels wholesome, like a second home. Their usual conversation with the waitress makes them feel appreciated.
Various portraits in various settings. Sometimes in a studio, mostly on location..