Warum und wo David Cabrera aus London einen Wellensittich gefunden hat, was er über kreative Pausen denkt und was er glaubt, wann wir wieder zur Normalität finden werden, darüber hat er bei den #FacesOfPhotography gesprochen:
David, how are you in these strange times?
First of all thanks for making these interviews happening, its great to read about what other photographers around the world are experiencing.Things are quite stable now in London. Back to Mach, I was in Anfiield with a friend watching the Champions League match between Liverpool and Atletico de Madrid, all looked fine but the news around the world were very concerning. My family and friends in Spain are fine so that makes me feel better, same as all my friends here. I haven’t watched any news on TV, only read the papers headlines every morning online and carry on with my day.
I had the chance of working on some projects outdoors and I saw London from a different perspective after working and living here in the last seven years. My main subject is architecture so I could experience the landmarks completely empty, seeing the financial districts and all construction sites empty. This break allows London to show itself in a unique way without residents, student, tourists and vehicles.
I have seen more kindness outside that any of my previous years here. Every problem or argument you had in the past seems trivial, that friend or relative you did not talk to for months or years, now its the perfect moment to make that call.
My girlfriend found a budgie next to London Bridge the day before the official lockdown and been with us since then. His name is Pepe Camilo and we will look for the owner soon, he is in good condition and happy.
If we weren’t in crisis, what would you be working on?
Few projects were going on in the UK and Europe, mainly photographing buildings. Most of them are on hold but some projects are alive. It was an excitement moment prior to the lock down but there are bigger issues to be solved now. We were about to make a trip to South Africa to meet my girlfriend’s family and friends in Durban but it will have to be rescheduled. It is normal to get frustrated and feel fear but if you reverse it you can play things better, you definitely appreciate more the people who is next to you. You are supported and you are their supporter at the same time.
What are you working on instead?
I created a routine and I was working on some assignment outdoors, and then at home processing or creating strategies for the future. Then lot of spare time to catch up with some documentaries and series.
I finally completed my drone license and did the right paperwork to help clients to get nice aerial images when hiring a helicopter is not an option. I have been lucky to fly over London on a helicopter lots of time before, it was the nicest feeling but its a pain to book all the process, you need to go to a heliport far from London, weather could change anytime and nail the job once you are up there.
Is it already clear what the crisis means for photography industry in GB?
Unfortunately lot of creative work will have to be rescheduled and you have to fill the gap with other activities. It is a one life time opportunity to catch up in another areas of your life like family, partner, friendship, training…
The ones who have been longer in the industry will recover quicker. The students or people who just step into the market will have to think new strategies and be more patient but its not impossible. I just felt like started last year and I never lived any sort of golden era so will keep the hard work. Creative people always find a way to fill the time with something productive but you also have the right to slow down and rest, to catch up with life. We will have to listen carefully to the market and find where are going to be needed.
The Bulli restaurant in north Catalonia in Spain (3 Michelin Stars and now closed for good), was shut down in purpose for some months and then opened again every season. They used the break to slow down and create new dishes, to experiment , to taste new options. They had offers to create a franchise and new restaurants in the US but they said NO in order to keep their values and brand. Creative breaks can have a positive effect.
Do you think that ways of seeing and visual languages will change against the background of the crisis?
I guess more personal work than ever will be created and the online platforms are there to show it. More meaningful and honest personal work maybe.
What is your personal photographic wish for the time after the crisis?
As a photographic wish is mainly patience and perspective. We may need two years to get back to normal so no point in get too distressed in something you can not control.
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