Still life (corpses)

From time to time I become slightly mad… and some times… “I see dead bodies”… Just joking, but when I saw these animals in the central market of Valencia, the New Year’s Eve, I felt something uneasy… The market was crowded, plenty of colour in fruits and light coming through the windows. But they were alone and under a cold fluorescent light. Then, I thought that what it was a poor offal under the counter, for other people it would be a delicious dish that they could barely afford. And then the image of the still lifes in oil paintings of the 16th-17th centuries when the exhibition of food in paintings was a symbol of the wealth of the owner. So, this “modern” still life maybe can remember us that we are the ones exhibiting our wealth, while others just can dream about it, and think about where is our solidarity.

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11 thoughts on “Still life (corpses)

  1. The photos are haunting, but what really strikes home are your words. I love the central markets of Europe, they are alive with sound, color and the great smells of fresh foods. But always I get uneasy as I get nearer the butcher area. It’s seems to be mocking all that you see in the market before it. This is thought provoking imagery and content my friend.

    • That was the intention. We love to eat them but we feel uneasy seeing the corpses (I think because we are an “advanced civilization”) while people that “fights” for food (or our grandparents) will find this scene natural. 😉

  2. It strikes me too dear Santi. The point of the view and your photographs deeply touched… In running life we are almost blind and can’t see anything like that… On the other side we are human with all of them… Anyway, you captured me too. Thank you, love, nia

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