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LIFE IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY Enrique Márquez

Text and photos of Enrique Márquez Abella
Instagram: @kiktramp

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Museo del Ferrocarril, San Luis Potosí, México.

“Life is what you make of it. The travels are the travelers.
What we see is not what we see, but what we are.”
—Fernando Pessoa

The idea of a trip comes from the need to stay in constant motion. Traveling is getting out of habit, comfort; it’s to escape from the everyday things and embark on to a new experience where time is the least important thing. The trip is a conversation with the other and his environment, but above all it is a conversation with oneself. We try out our ideas and question them to overcome the self-imposed limits to go beyond what we known.

Once we leave our place we become exposed to all kinds of situations that make us get to know us better, they motivate us to enjoy more what we have and remember who we really are. When we travel we always carry our history with us, and we leave it out there, loose among strangers, to see what happens. We take photographs to see ourselves reflected in places alien to us and we take new stories with us on our mental suitcase.

The trip is not only movement; it is also change, reflection and renewal. The self-exploration results in the sublimation of what happens to us. Motivations are presented to us, so we can value our history and give it a new interpretation. We travel, not to change place, but ideas;1 we travel to find a different way of looking at things.

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Pont Saint-Michel, París, Francia.

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Salar de Uyuni, Potosí, Bolivia.

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Guayllajara, Potosí, Bolivia.

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Reñaca, Viña del Mar, Chile.

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Isla Incahuasi, Potosí, Bolivia.

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Vuelo BS AS – Santiago, sobrevolando Los Andes.

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Barra Vieja, Guerrero, México.

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Passage Richelieu, París, Francia.

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Dunas de Concón, Viña del Mar, Chile.

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Metro Cluny La Sorbonne, París, Francia.

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Petit Pont, La Seine, París, Francia.

1 Hippolyte Taine

 

 

Enrique Márquez Abella was born in Arista Street in San Luis Potosi, son of historians and poets. He grew up within a family atmosphere, enjoying country life on the farm of his maternal grandfather, a Catalan exiled during the Spanish Civil War. At age of eight he moved with his family to Mexico City where he met the energy, grandeur and daily challenges imposed by the city. He studied audiovisual production and communication. He has worked in the audiovisual, publishing, and digital fields; always related to culture. Since he learned to use a camera, the manner of expression he enjoys the most is photography.

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