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Up & Coming: Vicente Ansola.

Vicente Ansola, Spain

Based in Cantabria and Galicia, Spain, Vicente Ansola has won the Up-and-Coming section of the Hasselblad Masters Awards. A professional photographer since 1980, Vicente is self-taught and spent twenty years working in his studio shooting portraits with his 500CM, before moving outside and starting a new path in his photographic journey.

“My latest project is entitled ‘People of the Mists,’” he says, “and I’ve spent two years so far documenting the struggle of small and beautiful Spanish villages to survive neglect. Photography has always been in my life, and now I feel like a street photographer, visiting these towns and portraying the ancient customs that characterise them.”

Vicente is proud to be part of the Hasselblad Masters project, and he’s planning to explore the theme of ‘Evoke’ by focusing on life in the towns of Galicia and Cantabria.

 “I will try and tell the histories of people in their homes and their villages,” he adds, “and I’ll be looking to create feelings in the viewer that relate to the abandonment of rural life in Spain today. People, places, towns and old scents that are being lost forever, mixed in with portraits of the last people who still hold these values.”


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