2. El viento. De por sí ya me sentía muy listo por llevar hilo para amarrar la pelota del pivote a algunas rocas, sólo que no había tomado en cuenta que en Islandia la mayoría las piedras son volcánicas y no eran lo suficientemente pesadas, en una ocasión la textura de estas con la fricción terminó por romper el hilo. Ya me imaginarán corriendo tras la pelota.
3. Los espectadores. Nunca había tenido algún problema con que la gente me viera haciendo fotos, sólo que con este proyecto si había un problema realmente, en la pelota, por ser brillosa, se reflejaba la gente. Estaba en lugares públicos, no podía hacer mucho, sólo esperar a que la gente se fuera.
5. El tamaño. Por sus dimensiones es difícil que quepa inflada en cualquier vehículo y estorbaba, en Panamá estuve a punto de dejar a mi hermana y cuñado con tal que cupiera la pelota en el auto, mentira, ellos durante un buen trayecto fueron mal sentados mientras me ayudaban a desinflarla, muchas gracias.
6. Desinflarla. En si la inflada era sencilla gracias a una bomba portatil (para inflar globos) que llevaba conmigo, el problema era sacarle el aire, es MUY tardado.
7. Los oportunistas. En varias ocasiones se acercaba gente queriendo fotografiar la pelota, la mayoria de las veces yo estaba con alguien que me hacía favor de ponerse en medio, confieso que me sentía como niño chiquito que no quería compartir, pero en realidad era un proyecto que planeé, diseñé y además cargué, me sentía orgulloso de él y celoso a la vez.
8. Ponchaduras. Justo al final del viaje de Islandia pasó lo que temía que sucediera desde el inicio, por suerte fue en la última sesión que se ponchó.
9. Los moscos. En Palo Seco Costa Rica aún con repelente los moscos hicieron de las suyas, los sentía pero si me movía de ahí perdería el momento de poca luz, al día siguiente conté 38 piquetes de mosco en sólo una pierna, imaginen la comezón.
Most of my work has been documentary photography but for some time ago I wanted to try something different, so that’s when I came with the idea of doing ‘You are not here’ project, right before I went to Iceland, I set everything to do that project, what could go wrong when taking photos to a simple red ball? I though nothing, this seemed to be an easy project.
Since day 1 I started to realize that it was more complex than I imagined, so that’s why I want to share 10 stories behind this project.
1. Flaws. I bought two red beach balls on internet but what I didn’t expected was that I was getting balls with patches on, they made a mistake and I was not in time to get them changed besides they didn’t have any left in red, at least I got a rebate.
2. Wind. I thought I was cleaver bringing a strong thread to tight the ball with, what I didn’t realized was that most of the rocks in Iceland are volcanic, that means those are light and rough so with the wind and the friction the thread broke. Now imagine me running after a big red ball.
3. People. I don’t mind people watching me taking photos, the thing here was that due to the material of that red ball they get reflected on it. Must of the time I was on public places so I had no other option that wait until they left.
4. Rain. I never considered this fact to be honest, even the small drops left marks on the ball, I once had to pull out of my luggage the first thing I could, there was coming people and had to do it quick so I pulled out some underwear.
5. Size. Due to its size, it was impossible to make it fit inside the car, once in Panama I was about to leave behind my sister and brother in law, there was no room left for them, just kidding, they had to hold it while they were kind of uncomfortable, sorry guys.
6. To deflate. Inflating the ball was not a big deal, I had this balloon portable inflator that was a great help, the big issue was deflate it, it take a lot of time. A LOT.
7. Opportunist. Got to say that the red ball was very eye catching so a lot of people wanted to photograph it also, but must of the time I was asking others to stand in between, I think I was feeling a little bit jealous or like a kid that didn’t want to share but man, that was my project and I was carrying it all the way there.
8. Burst. Yes, it happened, but thanks God I was at the last photo at the last photo session in Iceland.
9. Mosquitoes. Even with mosquitoes repellent there was a night that they bite me pretty bad, I was feeling them on my legs but decided to be strong and ignore them before I miss that sunset photo opportunity, the following day I counted 38 mosquito bites in only one leg, imagine the itch.
10. Weather. I remember that day in Panama, it was above 40°C and I had few minutes to do the photo so only inflating it took all my energy, I was sweating so bad and on the other side, while doing the photos in Iceland there were time when I was shaking due to the cold weather.
Why am I sharing this? Because I realized that there are not simple photo projects, it all have some difficulties during it process and this will help me when continuing this work or to anyone who is planning one so they can consider all this and plan it ahead. All these stories are real and took me by surprise, most of the times I had no other option than taking it with good sense of humor.
Now I would like to thank a LOT everybody who was involved with this, those who gave me ideas, took some behind the scenes photos or helped me with the red ball, without your help I think I would still being chasing it or deflating it. Also thanks to all those who had comment it or shared on different social media.
This is just the first part of this project so there are more to come, if you know or live close to a place that you think it’s worth photographing the ball at, let me know, please.