The aim of the documentary project “Recycled Lives” is to spotlight one of the phenomena which has boomed amidst Spanish cities as a result of the economic recession: scrap metal dealers.
Small-scale scrap metal collection is taking place throughout the world, and in around this activity there is a combination of aspects like immigration, unemployment, environmental issues and precarious work, often carried out by minors or pensioners.
The economic recession has made hundreds of people turn to recycling as a source of income, or as an alternative to make ends meet, in a paradoxical scenario: the lower the production, the less it is built and the less activity there is in the industrial sector, therefore more families end up scavenging for scrap metal in the struggle for day-to-day survival.
Some of them trudge while they pull their carts, others ride their beat-up bikes, others drive their car around with a full boot, and the lucky few even vans bursting at the seams with scrap metal. On their own, in couples or small groups, they all share the same everyday goal: to sell what little has been collected and continue the battle against the recession.
Born in Murcia , Spain, in 1970. Visual Arts, Photography and Creative Action. University Miguel Hernández, Elche 2011.
“His photographic work focuses in the yearnings of the human being: the deep and universal longings of the citizen of the mass socciety, fighting against banality in an effort to transcend confronting his own dignity with a medium always untrustworthy. Beyond the social and documentary he searches contemporary pulsations beating beneath the surface of those people who have to struggle daily to keep going in the midst of a society that trivializes the effort and reward the achievements easy “
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