Maria Bleda (1969) and Jose Maria Rosa (1970) are two Spanish photographers who have been working in collaboration since 1989. They became famous for their series Campos de Futbol (1992-1995). It includes pictures of football pitches that are rethought by photographers. They try to think of those pitches as of “spaces of daily routine, spaces for play and possibly low-level competition, spaces open to appropriation, empty spaces, abandoned and in disuse, peripheral and occasionally indeterminate spaces whose purpose is shaped by the very use that is made of them”. So the series consists of 21 pictures of abandoned football pitches. Previously those spaces were accepted in a absolutely different way but nowadays they are forgotten and neglected. Bleda and Rosa are not going to document these places or to make a research of the pitches. It seems like they want to provoke our feelings and memories. They want us to rethink of these pitches and their former purposes. “The intention with this project was to reflect upon the passage of time in relation to the geographical space and to bring about discussion on a type of place rather than a particular place in question”, say the photographers.
Bleda and Rosa are known and regarded as photographers who represent the idea of territory. At the same time they “seek to emphasise the complex interweave of cultures and times that shapes it”. They try to reveal in their works the ideas of time, memory, nostalgia, culture and nature.
The most impressive project by Bleda and Rosa is Campos de Batalla. The series consists of three parts Spain, Europe and Overseas. The whole series depicts landscapes of these places. The landscapes they depict are pretty common and usual. But you change your mind when you accept the series from “the point of you of experience”. We are forced to change our perception ability when we realize the events that took place over these territories. “Campos de batalla involves an encounter with places marked by History, where thousands of people clashed an died violently […] the project sets out to explore through the landscape the complex relationships existing historically between the different European countries”. When you look at these pictures or when you visit the places depicted by Bleda and Rosa it is hard to realize and recognize the territories as former battlefields. Thus working on the section Europe Bleda and Rosa visited Marathon, Trafalgar, Hastings and Waterloo. All these places are associated with distinct historical events in the past.