RUBEN BUHAGIAR - THREE STORIES
Three Stories: CABALCOR - PORTOBELLO BELLO - THE SARDANA FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD
The Andalusian Horse, or pure Spanish horse, is a pure ancient breed that is native to the Iberian Peninsula where Spain is located. It has been officially documented as a breed since the 16th century and was once an incredibly popular animal among European royalty. It was also the animal that carried the conquistadores through the wilds of the new world.
Known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility, the horses have long thick manes and tails with a compact yet athletic build. Originally prized as war horses, today the breed is used for equestrian shows, jumping, driving, and is commonly found in the movies. The ancestral home of this horse is Cordoba, and I was given the chance to participate as photographer to an Equestrian show at the Royal Stable in the old town. With elegance and beauty, this competition is truly magical and the participants are fully immersed and passionate about this tradition. I was equally amazed with the breeders as I was with the Horses.Together they are one. Man and Horse. Horse and Man. The images sought to not only present the magic, charm and sheer elegance of the Andalusian Horse, but also the passion of those who breed them, along with the impeccable adherence to a centuries old tradition which give them their identity. The images were taken by getting as close as possible to the action.
This series was initiated through a lifelong wish to discover London’s famous Portobello Road of Dire Straits’ Portobello Belle, a haunting song held captive in the corridors of my mind.
Portobello Road’s distinctiveness does not just rely on its famous market, although that was really a good time to go to discover the atmosphere. The images were taken keeping as much a low profile as possible, but with a hawk’s eye and as much of a quick trigger hand as possible.This was the essence to depicting as true an atmosphere as possible. However, it was paramount that the photographer will be as close to the action as possible.
The camera was stripped of bulkiness and fitted with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Through great practice I have trained myself to ‘shoot from the hip’, adjusting my hand to move along with my eyes. This helped me get lost in the crowd.
THE SARDANA FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD
The Sardana is a traditional Spanish dance which is danced in a circle while holding hands, and is native to the Spanish region of Catalonia.
The 19th Century saw the Sardana exploding in popularity, carrying it across the Catalan region.The Sardana became so famous that it came to stand for Catalan identity and nationalism after the ‘Renaixenca ‘ (Renaissance) in Catalonia at the beginning of the The sardana represents the history, but also the future of the Catalans.
- Ruben Buhagiar - Three Stories
- Publisher: Ede Books (2016)
- Language: English
- Format:148 x 210 mm
- Pages: 64
- ISBN: 978-99957-888-5-8
“Life is beautiful”.This is the motto which guides and best describes the work of Maltese photographer Ruben Buhagiar. Born on 12th July 1970, Ruben originates from Mosta.
ruben is a keen promoter of new practices and developments and insists in his quests in keeping photography as an art form. As typified in his various lectures and presentations, Ruben has been described as a romantic expressionist, and his images always tend to involve the viewer considerably in such a way that the viewer might in fact form part of the image. There is always a story, a fourth dimension or message involved. his style has been described as bold and sharp, subtly ironic, aimed at depicting the atmosphere of the situation and tends towards a street photojournalistic touch epitomized by the ’decisive moment’.
An engineer by profession, a keen traveler and fascinated by history and culture, his work delves into the world of people by actually becoming one of them. he wants to participate and make people participate. Life is beautiful after all.