El frontón – The pelota court (Madrid, November 2011)
People of the neighborhood uses to join in the court after work to play the game that they, or their parents, used to play in their hometowns. Most of them come from northern half of Spain. In their towns, the court used to be a wall of the church and people played on Sunday.
Now they join during the week, the weekend is to spend it with the family or returning to the hometown (where there is no more people to play), and they use this time to share memories of the old times in the town or about their small orchards (that they grow in those weekends when they travel), or speaking about those that returned to the town, or just died.
They are proud to show you the game and explain the tricks, or the failures of the players,…
It’s like a small island where they can isolate from the city and return to their hometowns for some hours, without moving more than a few meters from their flats, and be with friends remembering the life the they left away.