The Spanish text of the essay corresponding to the third assignment was recently published in the photography magazine Clavoardiendo with which I usually collaborate. I reproduce here the comments of some readers:
Gabriela Cendoya-Bergareche: There is more than one facebook account of family members of mine who have died.
Sol Montenegro: Uufff very interesting and disturbing! 👏🏻👏🏻
Eva Sala: I take my hat off to this very deep and interesting article. It reminded me that I believe that in phototherapy there was a therapeutic proposal to photograph you, supposedly dead. And I also remember the work Cercanías de NOphoto where Paco Gómez García photographed friends as already dead. Great and thanks for reading.
Blas Gonzalez: Thank you for your comment and contributions Eva. I was not aware of Paco Gómez’s work. I’m sure the topic is much more than what I’ve written. A hug
Eva Sala: Thanks to you, it is very interesting to analyze our relationship with DEATH through images.
Jorge Fernández: thank you for quoting our workshop Life and Death. Yes, represent your own death and that of a loved one. Last year was an incredible experience. The workshop is aimed at people with experience. https://fotoeduterapia.com/cursos-y-talleres/ I will read the article carefully.
Escola Rural De Saúde da Limia: Blas… I am Lola, I find it hard to describe the feeling I get when reading about the photography of people dying when many are dying in the greatest solitude, or in cases where they are accompanied, it is often preceded by the conspiracy of silence of the relatives. How can we reproduce images if we don’t even let anyone talk about it when they are at the end of their lives?
Blas Gonzalez: Walter Schels’ work in portraying these evicted people speaks of the same thing: some patients expressed to him the tremendous loneliness and lack of understanding they felt in the hospices. The man portrayed said that when his acquaintances came to visit him, they avoided touching the subject of death and behaved as if nothing was going to happen. I believe that photography is a reflection of the social context of death, nowadays relegated to the realm of the private – when not of oblivion. The article includes some artistic and documentary works, which deal with the subject from different perspectives. In the private sphere, death has disappeared from the scene, while modern man dreams of cybertermitry. It is an uncomfortable, but necessary debate.
Blas González: Lola, although it may be a bit harsh, this article from The Guardian, tells about Schels’ project and talks about each of the people – terminally ill – he portrayed before and after his death. These images confront us with the reality of death and the feelings of those people who face it.
Aïnhoa Valle: Well, being born on All Saints’ Day, I have been quite aware of the impact of this moment in life since I was a child and I kept wondering why on the day I celebrated life the country was crying for the dead.
That led me to search and live many years in countries like India, approaching Buddhism and other spiritual forms looking for answers…
But it seems that in this society we look at and live death / mourning / changes from the side and from afar.
Fantastic and extensive article by Blas Gonzalez on burning nails of artists, photographs that have approached with a humanist look, in many cases in first person and very honestly.
Thanks for the documentation and reflections 🌱!
That fine line…