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.
Brooke Shaden is an American photographer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Shaden creates surreal images full of mystery and mystique using painterly techniques. Sometimes it seems like she depicts fairy tale beings who grew up but they still live in a fairy tale. Disappointed and frustrated, overwhelmed and fascinated. They live according to their own rules which we can hardly understand.