If less than a month ago we showed you the project ‘The Donation. Source of life and hope ‘ , which was made possible thanks to the double facet of nurse and photographer of its author, this time we want to show you the photos of another work that also combines two different professions. In this case the person in charge is Manuel Zamora , who sent us the images of ‘10,000 fires and some hopes’ taken thanks to his double status as a firefighter and photographer .
Thus, as he himself has told us, the project arises from uniting his ” two passions ” to capture ” scenes where fire has destroyed everything, like dead natures, and where in spite of everything you can find a beauty captivating It also takes into account the protagonists of fighting these fires: The firemen “.
By the way, this documentary photographer already had the opportunity to meet him back in 2013, when xatakafoto interviewed him after winning the PHotoEspaña Ojo de Pez award for human values with his ‘Recycled Lives’project .
Now, with ‘10,000 fires and some hopes’, he returns with a project that can be enjoyed in an exhibition mounted in the General Archive of the Region of Murcia , which will be open until February 22nd . And precisely for that exhibition, Paco Salinas , curator of the exhibition, has written a text that perfectly describes the project, which is why it seemed interesting to include it:
They never retreat, they never complain. And sometimes they die. I have been with them many times – because of my profession -, in which I have seen them save lives and help citizens, always in extreme circumstances. I have seen them return to the parks exhausted after having put out fires, looked for disappeared, saved people at the limit of existence, or have recovered lives – at best, between twisted irons. I always thought that this must be difficult to reconcile with a normal life out of turn, but none of them ever spoke to me about their ghosts, although they must have them. It must be complex to do those services to society-to live with pain and horror-and then go home to love the couple and lull the children. And if all this were not enough, whenever there is any extraordinary misfortune in any other place, volunteers always come to save us. I admire his strength, his abilities and, above all, his psychological mettle. I met Corporal Zamora years ago for his interest in photography. Tool that he learned to master and with which he carries out works that enjoy wide recognition. He deals with different subjects, he is always restless, but what he is passionate about is what he best photographs. Because the best photography is the one that contains life and passion. To him we owe this unique exhibition, which is only possible because of his double status as a firefighter and photographer. He has been able to see beauty in the chaos – that strange beauty that the traces of destroyed lives and dreams contain – and to build these still lifes that uncontrolled fire propitiated. This exhibition also contains a tribute to his profession and his colleagues, with whom he shares vicissitudes and dangers. He himself says: “The firemen are to save everything … with water … or with photographs”. This, to me, gives me hope.