Photos by Leire Galarza
This project was realized during my year living on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by friends, the mountains and the ocean. It was the time during which some changes happened, my hurt got stronger, my senses and perceptions did too; and I decided to change the path I was taking on my life somehow. Here I comprehended that we don’t leave a place to scape, we do it in our quest for new experiences, to thrill again and to meet new life-friends. I understood that it’s alright to break out of the routine, that that’s what makes you live, live intensely.
It is about wangling the present and knowing how to manage it. «Do not forget to live», said Goethe. We affirm life by living it, because life care, self care, is wrought every moment: here and now; at this point in time, the most fragile time dimension. Real life requires awareness of life and death is diluted if we are unaware that we die. And so the most serious issue is not whether knowing there is life after death, but whether we are alive before it reaches us.
Leire Galarza was born in 1990 in Northern Spain.
She has been living in many different places but always by the sea. She moved to Barcelona where she studied medicine and it was there where her interest in photography was awakened. Then she decided to move to an Island where she lived during a year photographing her friends and the ocean. After that, everything was clear. She just had to keep on traveling, with her camera. Iceland was her next destination, and at present she is living in Norway working on some new creative projects.