This love affair didn’t start as an idyllic story, neither has nothing to do with my childhood memories. Growing up, I fell in love with the Mediterranean. Sometimes I needed to disconnect, other times I didn’t really know what to do and I just got out of the city. To all that and more, the sea has always been my cure. Immense, with its many shades of blue showing its depths, dramatic rock formations carved by years of erosion and the always liberating salty breeze. Even with no intention, there’s always some coastal images in my film rolls, be it summer or winter season.
I’m fascinated by unexpected details and close-ups; it is observing the small things that we often tend to forget –on the sea, on the rocks, on the skin-- that we can appreciate the passing of time and the inevitable changes it brings into our lives.
It’s been a weird summer amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it has given us an opportunity to rediscover and celebrate the charm of the Mediterranean way of life. With less tourists, I found myself wandering through the streets enjoying the smell of fresh flowers and clean laundry as never before. Despite the strangeness of the lockdown, which we will never forget, I’m grateful for the things we have learnt. I hope a new social and environmental consciousness emerges bringing us light to the path we should take in order to save the planet that gives us all.
Words and photography by Eduard Galia