Visual stories

‘FINDING MYSELF´, a bunch of behind-the-scene photos

I first met Sami on Instagram. She posted a story searching for videographers in the Canary Islands. I was on the road with very poor internet connection by then, but somehow I managed to drop her a line and send out some of my work on cycling . She answered back, we had a phone call and 2 weeks later we were in Lanzarote shooting for her short film. She wanted to tell a story. Her story. Something that took only 3 days to accomplish. It was a very low profile shoot, just Sami, my friend Rubén Plasencia and I.
Here are a few photos from those 3 days.

“I got my first bike in 2010 and a few years later I was moving around four different cities, racing alleycats, road, cyclocross, MTB. I rode ultra distances along Route 66 and Translabrador Highway – the bike took me so many places, yet I began to realize I was looking for something I couldn’t find.”

“I had a troubled past, and instead of healing, facing it head-on, I was blaming myself. I didn’t put up boundaries, I wasn’t painting my own picture. I was balancing on the edge of an abyss.”

“I was projecting the best image I could on the outside, through social media, Instagram, and other places, but that wasn’t how I truly felt, it wasn’t really me – I decided it was time to change.”

“I‘d been hiding from the demons of my past, from my childhood, my family. I tried to carry on, thinking I could just survive and constantly keep ahead without them catching up with me. I couldn’t keep running though and after years of carrying this burden around, I realized that it wasn’t going to go away.”

“Relationship breakdowns, family problems, medical interventions, they accumulated. I let go and searched for help, personal and professional. I decided to stop running away from it all and let it all crash over me – knowing for the first time I wouldn’t sink.”

“Nature is precious, and it’s just waiting to be explored, it doesn’t care who you are, how you’re feeling, what bike you ride or what shoes you wear, where you are, how you got there – there’s always an adventure waiting outside your door, a landscape to see, someone new to meet, sounds and scents that stay with you for a lifetime. Outside is whatever you make of it, often it’s where you find yourself because ultimately, that’s what we’re all looking for.”

The Visual Stories are either a good starting point to see my work, or the perfect dose of personal photography before you leave. Your call.

An online gallery’s nice, but nothing beats a good old document with a bunch of photos.
Feel free to download the specific portfolios in PDF format from the links below.

Sports portfolio
Outdoor portfolio
Hotel, lifestyle and food portfolio
Fashion and lifestyle portfolio
Water and lifestyle portfolio