22′s pictures are fragments of calm between two ages, two development models: the industrial model and the knowledge model.
Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona suffered the industrial crisis and remained forgotten. It was later conquered by homeless inmigrants, squatters, ruins, demolishers, gipsies, abandoned toys, old account books… and the resistance, people who already lived there before changes began and never wanted to leave.
This selection of 22 pictures comes from my personal file of about 2000 pictures of the area taken between 2000 and 2009. It’s more emotional than documental.
When I approached the project I knew I wanted to convey a feeling of abandonment, plunder and give it a radically non-digital look. I also liked the idea of exploiting the transformation potential of digital media (the foundation of the knowledge society) to give it an analog look and feel.
I wanted to show pictures that could have been taken with a camera found among the factory ruins, a cheap camera forgotten by someone when leaving the plant behind. It would have a plastic lens and over the years light leaks would show up inside the camera… also, if it carried any film it would be expired.