Ale Burset, Photographer, Madrid
The current situation has given me the possibility to observe things from a different perspective.
It has given me the possibility to enjoy family, as never before.
It has given me the possibility to enjoy small things and simple moments.
Being at home, not knowing what the future will bring, forced me to be more creative, to investigate alternate ways to do what I love: making photos.
This situation forces everyone to do the best of our job or work even in adverse situations. Creativity gives us the possibility to adapt to different situations in order to
do our best. We have to reinvent ourselves.
During this lockdown, I am continuing with personal work that I started two years ago and that is a shooting of my family. I am actually
capturing images of our lives in Madrid, where we have been living for 3 years now.
At the same time, I have started a new personal project of portraits from around the world called "US by US." It was born with the intent of depicting people from all over the world – regardless of their professions and backgrounds, whether they were friends or not.
The idea is to capture everyday moments of their lives from afar.
Portraits become only a glimpse of something more enriching which is the time that we share together while shooting.
So far I have made 140 portraits of people in more than 60 cities around the world.
It will be a non-stop ever-evolving project that will only end once the world goes back to normal.
I have to admit that I am very busy and completely excited about this new project. I am shooting 4 or 5 portraits a day around the world. I have shot persons in incredible places like Antártida Argentina, Alaska, Amazonas in Brazil, Nepal, Mongolia, New York, Paris, Varsovia, Buenos Aires, Mozambique.
Every day I have the pleasure of sharing incredible moments and making beautiful portraits that surprise me and confirm that distance only depends on us. And that there is no distance at all. In a lot of cases we are even closer than ever. Distance is not a question of kilometers and being close is an attitude and a choice.