Check out this great photo series called Country Fictions by Juan Aballe who graduated as a chemist at the universities of Madrid and Berlin and then decided to fully devote himself to photography and visual media. Thank goodness he did, because this guy has an amazing ability to capture moments, no matter how small, in such a beautiful way.
– “Produced between 2011 and 2013, these images are the result of a series of travels to different rural areas and scarcely populated regions of the Iberian Peninsula. As several close friends began to think about moving to the country, I was confronted with the idea of leaving the city myself and starting a new life closer to nature. In Country Fictions, reality and my imagination come together to deal with my distant relationship with the rural environment and the emotions brought about by the idea of taking that step. These photographs are the visual expression of an inner conflict that has to do with “wanting to believe” in a better, simpler life. In what could be called a collection of daydreams, Country Fictions reflects on the photographic language itself and how we are influenced by previous representations and preconceived ideas about rural utopias. The illusion of escaping from contemporary society, the myths and hopes built around nature come together with the strangeness and the nostalgic look at a life that I might never live.”