Sunday, 19 March 2017

Souls from Alameda

Torres de la Alameda is a little town in Madrid (Spain). Its history has been contemplated by Romans, Visigoths, Arabs ... In the Middle Ages it was a little village dependent of Alcalá de Henares. In 1555 it acquired some privileges and it was added to Madrid Community in 1833.

Today we can view some industrial activity. We also can notice some rests of industrial activity from the past. Several factories in the zone are abandoned and they are now in ruins. It is the case of the old ceramic factory.


Torres de la Alameda is a serene place with a beautiful church (16th century).



Following the M-220 road we find a old ceramic factory close to the town. In 50's, the build industry was strongly increasing in Spain. Some municipals of this zone began to built several ceramic factories(1), forming the called "brick triangle" (a triangular area between Alcalá de Henares, Torrejón de Ardoz and Loeches). The density of ceramic factories in the triangle was very high. Later, the build industry had a crisis and much of these factories had to close(2). Now, we can view their ghostly skeletons.

I show below some pictures of my last session in one of these ghostly building.


















Graffiti, urban poesy, industrial waste, shotgun shells, airsoft ammunition and much more in this large ghost from the past.

"Something demolished, something to rebuild.
Untie knots for a new beginning.
Leave the old version of yourself
to find a new way
in the demolished asphalt."


~ Free translation of a painting in a wall of this factory ~


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(1) Source (in Spanish): https://www.madrimasd.org/cienciaysociedad/patrimonio/rutas/arqueologia/Memoria/Memoria-barro/resurgir.asp?pest=3
(2) Source (in Spanish): https://www.madrimasd.org/cienciaysociedad/patrimonio/rutas/arqueologia/Memoria/Memoria-barro/trazas.asp?pest=4

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Montenegro's longest night


Last summer I wrote about an abandoned factory where you could find interesting pieces of urban art and industrial ruins. I took some black and white pictures then, with my Nikon D7000 and the 8mm fisheye, and I shown them in a post called "The Old Factory". I think it's a very interesting place to make photography. In middle of a shopping area, an industrial wasteland is hidden and it seems like nobody can notice it.

Now, some months after, I've decided to come back with new gear (my Nikon D810 and my SAMYANG 14mm) and in a different conditions (at night). I show below my pictures of this wonderful forgotten place.











I would like to make some non photographic commentaries about the above pictures:

I really like the presence of Ralph Wiggum, the popular character of "The Simpsons", with his pyjama upside down.

I've recently discovered why urban artists were mysteriously interested in the time "4:20" (it appears in other pictures I've taken before, as in this series). What happens at 4:20? Is it siesta time in Spain? I can read in Wikipedia that "The Waldos" (a group of students from California) had a meeting to consume cannabis every day after class (at 4:20 p.m.). The term "four-twenty"  is used now related at the consumption of cannabis.

Finally, I would like to draw attention to waste in this place and others. These abandoned areas are used to bring in industrial wastes like it was a dump. When I went there for first time, there was the industrial waste produced by the own progressive destruction of this factory. Now, you also can find garbage from other places accumulated there.

Urban landscape is modelled by the economical factor. One day is a prosperous factory, next day is an abandoned place, and after, a dump. We are observers of these changes, and here I've tried to bring you registers abut some of these steps in the infinite road to the future.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Following the steps of the decay

Alcalá de Henares (Madrid - Spain) is a very beautiful city, full of life and beautiful things. However, my interest in Urbex photography has guided me to look for decadent buildings, with a special charm, in this city.


Let's start our way on the edge of the neighborhood called "Nueva Alcala". There we can find the old García's watermill.


This old mill is also known as "La Casa del Loco" (Spanish term for "Crazy Man's House"), and It's an old building in very advanced ruin state. Now, you cannot find machines, roofs or floors there. Only vertical walls resist the flow of the time.







The second stop in our journey is al old rural house in a field near the natural space known as "Los Cerros de Alcalá" (Spanish term for "Alcalá's Hills"). I don't know its name or its story, but I bring its pictures.


It is smaller than the previous building, and with only one floor of height. The roof is also fallen and a lot of graffiti are filling the walls.






Near the previous one, there are some kind of water well and electric tower in disuse.


They are hidden inside of a layer of twisted trees and undergrowth.



Finally, we have the "Casa de los Catalanes" (Spanish term for "Catalonia's House").



It's another rural house in ruins. Last time I stayed inside, I could walk freely for there. Now there are a lot of rests from the roof and other garbage to make dangerous to visit the inside of this place.

I hope you've enjoyed with this journey through some of the most pictorial decayed buildings in my city.

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