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  • I was 14 when my mother gave me my first camera to take photos of Manolo, my little brother who would die of cancer two years later. I guess she felt like his death was imminent and needed someone to keep the memory of his short life.

    After Manolo passed away every member of my family took different paths: my parents formed family ties with new people and I started sleeping in other people's houses, learning and taking photos of my friends' "normal" families.

    As a teenager I started hanging out with local Rock and Heavy Metal bands, drinking and passing out to deal with PTSD every weekend. Then I went to Journalism School, started getting money for taking pics of those bands for music blogs and magazines and eventually I went on tour with one of the bands and began a career as a documentary photographer that has taken me to places such as Palestine, the Western Sahara or Kurdistan, always with a special interest for dynamics of groups of people: bands, refugees, families in isolated communities or trapped in political conflict.

    My brother was pretty wise for a four year old, every time I feel like crap I remember Manolo lying on his small bed before dying, waiting for one of his lungs to implode and telling me "I'm a happy child".

    So, whenever life sucks it´s always better to be a happy child.
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