Bellas Durmientes

These documentary photography series named “Bellas durmientes” (sleeping beauties) were taken in 2013 on a house that was suddenly abandoned in Córdoba, Colombia. Here the wild vegetation has taken over the architecture, like another guest that silently and gradually seizes the place.

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Bellas Durmientes

These documentary photography series named “Bellas durmientes” (sleeping beauties) were taken in 2013 on a house that was suddenly abandoned in Córdoba, Colombia. Here the wild vegetation has taken over the architecture, like another guest that silently and gradually seizes the place.


The landscape has a different dynamic to the urban one, because instead of connecting with the characters that have been abruptly banished, it does so with the places that have been left abandoned by displacement and that are usually in ruins. These not only reflect decadency as well as political and economical hardships, but are also a testimony of the renovation and transformation power that are in mankind and nature.


In this work, architecture is silenced by nature. It is a constant struggle between the dematerialization of space and the organic materialization. They are the ruins of a future that has been dramatically interrupted. There is nostalgia, mourning and reflection on the absence, but there is a concept that stems from this work and that goes beyond capturing the tragedy: transformation, mutation and life cycle.


It seems as though everything could be renewed, recycled, and reborn in a stronger and more established way, in spite of chaos. They are not only the traces that a man leaves behind despite the tragedy, but the transforming and almost healing power of life, of the passage of time and nature.


The photography undergoes a washing or whitening process, and the green parts are intensified. This is to emphasize the idea of purification and renovation, of life cycles.