La huerta y la ciudad (The orchard and the city)
La huerta (The orchard)
This is an in progress work on a series of photographs on the relationship between two characteristic parts of the city of Murcia (Spain) and its vicinity. The city has been surrounded by an orchard since the Middle Ages. The development of the city over the past few decades, however, resulted in a slow but steady takeover process, in which the city gained both physical and cultural territory over the orchard. The orchard is still vast and vigorous, providing for many, but the city has spread and consequently overtook some of the traditional orchard areas. The two distinct parts represent different lifestyles, cultures and visual environments. At their ever- changing borders they coexist, and the presence of the other is felt even where not seen.
The in progress work has three parts: 1) La huerta (The orchard), 2) La ciudad (The city), and 3) La huerta y la ciudad (The orchard and the city). Here I present a series from the first part La huerta (The orchard). This series reflects on the interrelation and coexistence of the built environment and the orchard, including the small chapels that are very characteristic of the landscape.