Regular readers may or may not know that Alan is a photographer/artist and that earlier this year he staged an online exhibition of his collection ‘Another Spain’. Consisting of 50 black and white images the collection takes what can only be described as a real life look at the Spain we live in.
Ranging from more conventional stunning landscapes through to road kill not all of Alan’s work is to everyone’s taste. It challenges the conventional tourist perception of life in Spain.
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the person who has everything, and a discerning taste in fine art photography you still have time to buy one of these signed limited edition prints. But, be quick as delivery time is around three weeks from the date of order.
Spain is a country blessed with an unbelievable diversity: the landscape, the climate, the language and the character of the people vary enormously from province to province, from region to region. Despite this rich variety of life, the country has been portrayed historically by cliché: hot, sunny, passionate, noisy. Spain, for many people is no more than the postcard; the tired and unoriginal travel brochure.
Such a portrayal has its origins in the early 1970’s when Spain embarked on its fateful “Spain is different” campaign. What it gained in tourist numbers however, it lost in cultural identity. The popular image of Spain came to be defined by the photos of beaches, paella, and a million “villas” for rent with glistening pools in semi-legal urbanisations.
Unfortunately, this image has not been challenged by the arrival of millions of expats on these shores. They brought with them little curiosity other than to explore the nearest beach, bar or donkey sanctuary.
So when I peered into this collection of photos I sighed with relief finding no polka-dot dresses, no “suit of lights”, no coastal sunsets nor donkeys in distress. Alan’s images reveal a region of diverse climates and landscapes. It is often a harsh panorama, but one that bustles with contrast, and contradiction as tourists come and go and business open and close. But there is another story in this driest of regions as aggressive farming diminishes diversity of species and top soil is lost forever. There is a lesson to be learnt there.
Yes, there is grime and neglect in Spain: torn street posters, graffiti, anarchic slogans and urban depravity are all here too, but where you find the deepest shadow you can also find the brightest light. And it is this balance of the black and white, the stillness and motion, the despair and the hope that makes Alan’s images important and so powerful in conveying another, more diverse Spain.
Paul Read, author of Inside the Tortilla
Click here to view all 50 images and to buy your favourites.
Alternatively, click here if you’d like to download and browse the catalogue (pdf).
Each print in this series is limited to a run of 11 numbered copies and is supplied with a certificate of authenticity. The prints are delivered in A3 size (29.7 x 42.0cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches) and can be delivered to you anywhere in the world (delivery included). They are supplied unmounted with a generous white border for easy framing and are made on high quality Ilford black-and-white paper with silver halide and coated with a UV protective layer.
To ensure delivery in time for Christmas – make sure your order goes in before November 30 2015