In 2006 Luis Fernando Montero Avila left his home country of Venezuela and travelled to Madrid in search of work and hope for a better life. These are his words and pictures.
‘I’m Venezuelan and in 2006 I arrived in Madrid a place where I would live until last year. To begin with it felt so wonderful to have a new life and see a totally different world. But soon I realised that it was the same shit everywhere, politicians taking care of themselves and pissing people off. In 2011 I lost my job where I worked seven days a week and was pretty much my life. Out of work I finally had some time for myself and saw it as an opportunity to do something different. I bought a camera and started shooting the streets. Observing what seemed to be so many aspects of life for different people. I saw happiness and frivolity, people being entertained and expressing their passion for life but also anger, struggle and hope for change for others, the ‘invisibles’ the forgotten people who seemed not to exist even if they stood right in front of you, a day-to-day survival in a world of abundance and opportunity.’ (Luis Fernando Montero Avila)
Daniel P Perez confesses to not being a scholar on Cuba but in 2003 having studied the country intensely he travelled to Cuba as an undergraduate. A land that has seen over 50 years of continued US sanctions. His trip gave him an insight into medical treatment, education and lives for many youths growing up. These are his words and pictures.
My first visit to Hawaii was back in 1994. Then it was the island of Oahu and around Waikiki that I spent most of my time. Although I had some great memories the place felt a little too commercial, built-up and touristy with Honolulu feeling a long way away from Elvis’ Blue Hawaii.