Travesia de los Espinos

I was walking in the west of the city
taking grainy, black & white shots
shapes and shadows and cute graffiti
development work around the docks

I ended up by some derelict apartments
fucked stucco and hanging balconies
nothing around them but construction equipment
and a single, dust covered palm tree

as I was trying to capture the drama
a man emerged from a hole in the wall
hola I said lowering the camera
the man walked past and said nothing at all

travesia de los espinos was the street sign
fixed to a concrete pole of power cables
I think it meant the crossing of spines
because cactus once grew there as well

Bilbao, 2018