When I found myself in Freshwater, with the baggage of my South American upbringing stowed, things appeared vastly unfamiliar and layered more than any one portrayal could possibly depict. The surroundings confronted me with their beauty and a possibility of a life unimaginable happy and connected.
My photographic journey began with a pressing urgency to document this enchanted and unique little place in the world, there is so much to document and photography in Freshwater, I guess anywhere in the world where we call home and we love to bits.
I was drawn to photographing Freshwater Village with a contemporary view of its landscape, its people, its street scene, its madness for coffee and off course, its surf culture.
It’s important to state that this work is not at all about the ocean and the Pacific that greets and amazes us every morning. It has to do with people, their relationships and connectedness. It is this unique interaction of people and place that makes life here a sublime existence.
The Village is just a short stroll from the sea, which appears so quickly on the horizon that here is a sudden, time seems vacated, and the idea of “now” is meaningless. I wanted a selection and sequence of images to show this intrinsic relation and proximity piling on top of each other. For those that live and have lived here, this is not unusual, in fact it is this proximity and love for the relationship between land and water that the community identifies with. I sought a sequence of images to show this intrinsic relationship that the people of Freshwater share and the piling up of sea, people and land that inevitably takes place as we all try to breathe in this diamond.
It is hard for me to say where I am from or know exactly where I belong, but this does not matter. I always seek to truly connect myself to my surrounding and I am motivated to do the same to the subject in front of my camera. I believe an immeasurable connection is clicked during the process of shooting Freshwater. This works as a force in my mind, moving myself through an epic journey of discovery with each and every image like an invitation to dissolve any separation between myself, people, landscapes or moments for just an instant.