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  • The project takes place in the Vinalopó river bank (Alacant), where the author used to play as a kid, and illustrates its state of abandonment
  • Baltasar López, a photography student, will be given continuity in his photography studies with a specialised photography classes taught by Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC), priced at 1.000€
  • His project will be produced to be shown within the Sant Pol DOC festival, which will be celebrated from the 9th to the 15th of October
Author: Baltasar López

The jury of the Sant Pol DOC 2021 has decided to award with the Josep Gol Training Scholarship the project Oír un Río by Baltasar López. The project shows the abandonment of the Vinalopó river ecosystem (Alacant, Spain), where the author used to play when he was a kid. López (nurse and photography student) will be awarded with a specialization course priced at 1.000€ taught at theInstitut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC). His project will be produced to be shown within the Sant Pol DOC festival in a space designed by the organisation, which will be celebrated from the 9th to the 15th of October.

Oír uno río es un viaje por las riberas del río Vinalopó. Para el autor se trata de un espacio de juego de su infancia que ahora ha quedado empobrecido a causa de la falta de mantenimiento y cuidado. Según explica el mismo Baltasar López, el proyecto quiere reflejar cómo el abandono castiga espacios como este en un momento crítico “donde el medio ambiente está herido de muerte y en un punto de no retorno”. Detalla que algunas de las fotografías han sido reveladas por el mismo río con la técnica de la cianotipia, dejando que el agua contaminada revelara su condición de “río herido”.

Baltasar López studies photography at the Photography School Mistos, in Alacant. He has also participated since 2016 in several workshops. The jury of the Josep Gol Training Scholarship, whose objective is to give continuity to specialised photography studies for those who in the process of studying, and it is formed by the director of lEFC, Eduard Bertran, photojournalist Josep Gol and the founding partner of RUIDO Photo, Edu Ponces. All three have chosen López’s project as a representation of all photojournalistic and documentary values of a local photographic documentary. They have also celebrated the success of the call, which has received over 200 great quality photographs from two different continents.

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