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The Iberians

- BY CANDY LOPESINO

As Fernando Pessoa wrote: "… Portugal and Spain, it would be said that the two countries have finally realized that a border if it separates, also unites and that if two neighborin­g nations are two because they are two, they can morally be almost one because they are neighbors."

In The Iberians, I rediscover the familiar places, their people, their culture, their realities circumscri­bed to geography; in short, I explore the human condition of my origin.

Candy Lopesino is a Spanish photograph­er and cinematogr­apher born in Madrid.

"I started painting in oil.

One day I discovered an old camera at home that my father bought. I started photograph­ing my sisters. From there, I was charmed by photograph­y and started my journey in the field.

I still remember the first time I saw the black and white image appear in the developer tank; That is when I knew that photograph­y is my biggest love and my main attraction for a lifetime.

Through my projects, I discover the world around me, know myself, and express myself. And I'm fortunate to unite two of my passions, photograph­y and traveling.

My profession­al career began as a graphic reporter under the signature of Hidalgo-lopesino photograph­ers collaborat­ing with the Incafo publishing house and in collaborat­ion with UNESCO. Through my work, I created realizes articles for a collection of books, including "The Heritage of the Humanity" in Mexico, Bulgaria, Tunis, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, France, Panama…

And I still collaborat­e with internatio­nal magazines such as GEO Spain, GEO Japan, Viajes National Geographic, Traveler, Volta ao Mundo, Saveur Magazine New York, Rutas del Mundo, Península, Descubrir, Altaïr…

Many photograph­ers have influenced my work, including Julia Margaret Cameron, August Sander, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier Bresson, W. Eugène Smith, and William Klein.

But one exceptiona­l photograph­er and exhibition enormously influenced my work, portraits made by Edward Sheriff Curtis taken in the North American Indians. He had dedicated 30 years of his life to this project.

His work was so impressive, and the time spent on the project amazed me. This exhibition encouraged me to start my personal long-term project, THE IBERIANS, in which I have been working for the first two decades of the 21st century and continue to photograph.

Ispecializ­e in photograph­y and documentar­y cinema without additives or artifice. For me, there is nothing more attractive than the reality itself. Knowing a specific territory gives depth and meaning to my project; that is why my work is a continuous journey through Spain and Portugal (IBERIA) and the coast that borders the Atlantic Ocean.

They are places where I explore the concepts of territory, border, light, memory, and identity through observing the other. Creating is a vital need for me.

Left Page Top: Every year, the great LGTBI pride festival is celebrated in the center of the city of Madrid. Spain has one of the most advanced legislatio­n in the world on equal rights for this community. Click !! That woman and those statuesque bodies from a movie are here by her side.

Left Page Bottom: The coexistenc­e of pagan and Christian manifestat­ions led to defining the current Carnival features, where laughter, mockery, and satire are essential elements in the Iberian Carnival. For a few days in a year, everything is allowed, social criticism, parody, the grotesque, and even the burlesque.

Top: It is not easy to buy daily bread in the emptied Iberia. When the baker's van arrives, you have to buy bars and pieces of bread that last several days in some towns up to once a week.

Left: Sunday, the bells ring at mass in this town in southern Portugal. The man waits calmly outside the church while the women rush in before the service begins. I like that game of black and white contrasts, light and shadow.

Left Page Top: Young man measuring his strength in a traveling fair. The fair is a group of entertainm­ent attraction­s without a fixed location that offers fun with games of chance and skill, raffles, raffles, and various games, which moves through towns and cities of the Iberian Peninsula local festivals of each municipali­ty.

Left Page Bottom: Very hot in the Sanfermine­s. Young people from the street ask for water to cool off, and there are always people ready to throw buckets full of water at them from windows and balconies.

Top: LGTBI Pride Festival in the city center of Madrid. Every year, the great LGTBI pride festival is celebrated in the center of the city of Madrid. Spain has one of the most advanced legislatio­n in the world on equal rights for this community.

Instagram: @candylopes­ino

Website: lopesinoca­ndy.myportfoli­o.com email: lopesinoca­ndy@gmail.com

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The girls begin to dance a regional dance with their clothing that expresses the cultural identity of their region.
Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
Top: The tradition continues. The second image of a sequence. The girls begin to dance a regional dance with their clothing that expresses the cultural identity of their region. Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? Right: Tradition is inherited, which is part of the individual's identity transmitte­d from generation to generation to preserve and consolidat­e it. Three girls dressed in regional costumes in the popular festivals of a town in Spain.
Right: Tradition is inherited, which is part of the individual's identity transmitte­d from generation to generation to preserve and consolidat­e it. Three girls dressed in regional costumes in the popular festivals of a town in Spain.
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Young people enjoy running in front of the animal in the water. Release of wild cows by the Tagus in Spain. It is done only if tahe river flow is low enough to guarantee the safety of people and animals.
Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved. Young people enjoy running in front of the animal in the water. Release of wild cows by the Tagus in Spain. It is done only if tahe river flow is low enough to guarantee the safety of people and animals.
 ??  ?? Festivitie­s in Madrid. The mulilleros are an essential part of the Fiesta; although they are never portrayed in the foreground, that remains for the great figures. A sequence of two photograph­s. In the first, I photograph a group of seven mulilleros. In the second, I moved closer and framed, in the foreground, the most outgoing of the group, the timidest, behind him.
Festivitie­s in Madrid. The mulilleros are an essential part of the Fiesta; although they are never portrayed in the foreground, that remains for the great figures. A sequence of two photograph­s. In the first, I photograph a group of seven mulilleros. In the second, I moved closer and framed, in the foreground, the most outgoing of the group, the timidest, behind him.
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Top: Tourists on the
Gran Via in Madrid. Spain receives more than 50 million foreign tourists a year, attracted by the climate, beaches, gastronomy, and richness of our cultural heritage due to the many civilizati­ons that left their legacy on the Iberian Peninsula.
CANDY LOPESINO Top: Tourists on the Gran Via in Madrid. Spain receives more than 50 million foreign tourists a year, attracted by the climate, beaches, gastronomy, and richness of our cultural heritage due to the many civilizati­ons that left their legacy on the Iberian Peninsula.
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 ??  ?? I observe how some Japanese tourists are posing one by one next to the sculpture of the bullfighte­r Luis Miguel Dominguín in Madrid, simulating their posture in front of the camera. I quickly find myself next to the Japanese who photograph them. Of all the images I make, that of this young Japanese woman seems to be the most successful in its imitation and symmetry with the bullfighte­r's posture.
I observe how some Japanese tourists are posing one by one next to the sculpture of the bullfighte­r Luis Miguel Dominguín in Madrid, simulating their posture in front of the camera. I quickly find myself next to the Japanese who photograph them. Of all the images I make, that of this young Japanese woman seems to be the most successful in its imitation and symmetry with the bullfighte­r's posture.
 ??  ?? Two picadors in the horse yard.
Tradition is inherited, which is part of the individual's identity, that is transmitte­d from generation to generation to preserve and consolidat­e it.
Two picadors in the horse yard. Tradition is inherited, which is part of the individual's identity, that is transmitte­d from generation to generation to preserve and consolidat­e it.
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Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
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Top: In summer, from the towns in the interior of the Peninsula, excursions are organized to go to the beach. Thus, these three rural women enjoy their first swim in the sea together.
Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved. Top: In summer, from the towns in the interior of the Peninsula, excursions are organized to go to the beach. Thus, these three rural women enjoy their first swim in the sea together.
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A boy from the village runs away from a man dressed as a bull.
The man is chasing the children who are enthusiast­ically participat­ing in the party.
Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
Romanones is a great small town in Spain that has maintained its traditions and recovered some of them, such as El Toro de Carnaval. A boy from the village runs away from a man dressed as a bull. The man is chasing the children who are enthusiast­ically participat­ing in the party. Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? Some pilgrims come on their knees to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fatima to fulfill their promises. It is one of the main sanctuarie­s of Marian worship in the world and the center of religious tourism in Portugal.
Some pilgrims come on their knees to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fatima to fulfill their promises. It is one of the main sanctuarie­s of Marian worship in the world and the center of religious tourism in Portugal.
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Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
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Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
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Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
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Candy Lopesino © All rights reserved.
 ??  ?? Some go to sleep (sleep while the drunkennes­s lasts) in the most unsuspecte­d and sometimes dangerous places. The bull is present in almost all the patron saint festivals of the towns and cities of most of Spain.
Some go to sleep (sleep while the drunkennes­s lasts) in the most unsuspecte­d and sometimes dangerous places. The bull is present in almost all the patron saint festivals of the towns and cities of most of Spain.

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