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Madrid underground: a trip by subway with photographer Javier Nadales

Madrid is rewritten, day and night, in each subway mouth. A dance of characters in search of author. Double or nothing. Steps that leave a trace, stop by stop, of the small battles, of the great victories, of what we are and want to be. An eternal cardboard horse that Madrid photographer Javier Nadales portrays from his Instagram account. Because we can dream of New York, Mexico, London or Paris ... but there is always a train that ends in Madrid.

“The first picture I remember is a boy looking through the window; I was next to him but I got out of the car and took the picture when the doors closed”, Explains the Madrid graphic reporter Javier Nadales, 27 years old.

He acknowledges that he has something with the subway "some kind of fascination, as a child I hated him, I was very scared and then when I became an adult, it has become my means of transportation and I have loved it, I love it. ”

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales


So, underground, He began to develop his own style as a photographer. “I spent a huge amount of hours in the subway, I started when I was still studying at the faculty and was a corrector in El Mundo, I left the faculty, went to the newspaper, then home ... and so on; I wanted to do a project but I didn't have material time ... I thought: what is the place where you are the longest? And it was the subway”.

With a compact, reflex or mobile camera in hand look, between the routine and the landscape, that moment ("hey, here is a picture ..."). Always in black and white, always in movement "I am unable to finish the work of the subway, I always see things that I feel like photographing. ”

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales


What is the most boring line? "There was a season where I lived, I took line nine more and I didn't like it ... They were all older people, there was very little movement, very little dynamism ...", explains Nadales. What is your favorite?Without a doubt the one, is the one I see the most difference, I usually take it in the Pacific or in Puente de Vallecas and people have nothing to do from one stop to another”.

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales

Through his photographs we can sneak into everyday scenes and see how, for example, a young man in a wheelchair saves a ladder while others just look. Each photo gives the attentive viewer new questions. At what stop will you get off? What were they thinking? What will your life be like? Will it be love at first sight?

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales

Nadales, admirer of the work of Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson, choose one of his photographs: “there is a lady who is hugging her daughter, who was crying, she was tired… but she wasn't going to stop hugging her daughter or granddaughter… It looks like a Piety, like a Virgin hugging a Christ, I like that picture a lot. ”

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales

He lives between Pacific and Puente de Vallecas, according to him, "that no man's land, that limbo, that border that is always interesting." Maybe that's why for the time in the middle of nowhere, in an intimate and public space where the focus is not the next destination, but here and now.

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Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales

Javier Nadales © Javier Nadales

Video: ALL ABOUT MADRID METRO. Vlog 2019 (February 2020).

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