“We search for years,
we imagine our future in better places
where we could start over.
We leave the city behind
travelling for miles and miles,
driven by hopes and dreams.
Maybe there was once a countryside,
a village with green and fertile meadows.
Now we return to find only
the remains of a disused scenery.
We pursue a fiction,
that of a peaceful rural life.
We search for beauty in a landscape
where we do not belong,
where time seems to have stopped still.
We live our own transition,
our fragile utopia,
trying to understand
what we are doing here
and who we are.”
All images ©Juan Aballe