ESTAMBUL: BOSPHORUS LIFE

The Bosphorus (Bosphorus) is a strait that separates Istanbul in two, on the one hand the European side and on the other side, the Asian side.

The river crossing perfectly represents a population straddling Western Europe and its well-founded Eastern roots.

The EU, religions or terrorism … have only increased the confusion and while Istanbul decides its future, the Bosphorus will remain impassive as time passes. This is “Bosphorus life”.

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LONDON MARKET

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed in January 2017 that “Brexit” will leave the United Kingdom out of the common market …

London is preparing for a radical change. The strong restrictive measures on immigration issues prevent, in the coming years, a 39% decrease in contracts for people coming from outside the United Kingdom. As May says, “we don’t want anyone to take jobs away from the British.”

London’s “Street Markets” are well known, not only by the English, but by the millions of tourists who visit the city every year. Portobello, Camden or Brick Lane Market are some of the best known. The quality of their products, the color they bring to the city or the large number of tourists who visit them, are some of the qualities that make them unique and essential.

But at this point … What is the relationship between “Brexit” and “Street Markets”? According to a recent study, 48% of the licenses of the stalls in street markets, are of people NOT born in the United Kingdom…

Welcome to LONDON MARKET.

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THE TUNNA BUSINESS

3:00 a.m. and in Tsukiji Market (Tokyo, JAP) the day begins …

In the largest fish market in the world (there are more than 70,000 employees, including wholesalers, auctioneers, civil servants…) the merchants begin to arrive at the huge enclosure to attend the tuna auction. Most of these will seek to take a copy below € 70 / kl.

At 5:20 am the most famous auction begins. Throughout the year, more than 700,000 kilos of fish pass through there, valued at 6,000 million euros. The undisputed star of this market is, without a doubt, bluefin tuna. At 6:00 am thousands of tunas are already traveling in trucks to their destinations. The rest stay in the more than 500 stalls that are around the enclosure and that are usually run by families of fishermen. Coinciding with sunrise, Tsukiji fills up with hungry tourists wanting to eat breakfast. It’s time for restaurants to bring out their best stocks of sashimis and nigiris. The streets surrounding the market turn into chaos amid shouts of merchants and shoves of tourists and customers. After noon, the day is coming to an end and all the Tsukiji workers collect their things and go home … Tomorrow, again, a hard day at the market awaits them.

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FUELFORFIGHT

From a long time ago, mixed martial arts (MMA) are, perhaps, the fastest growing sport in the world. The explosion of its most famous league, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and the launching of its media fighter, Conor McGregor (Ireland, 1988), to stardom, among other things, make the number of federated clubs and the investments of the brands in this sport grow exponentially year after year. The perfect example is the Reebok brand, which signed a contract of 70 million euros to be the only visible mark in the UFC matches for the next 6 years.

In Spain things are different, and although there are more federated fighters, the scarce economic and media support makes sporting events of this type increasingly scarce.

Alex Sanz (Valencia, 1992) is one of these MMA fighters. Champion of Spain in 2016, currently competes in the category of 66 kg of weight to be able to get new titles that make him raise the federative level. Days before the fighting, many of these fighters stop eating, drinking and doing physical activities To adjust to this weight and this makes them lose quickly the extra pounds that they can compete.

Sacrifice, respect or commitment are concepts, apparently, linked to this type of sport that takes to the limit the physique of the athletes who practice it. Some in search of personal success, others for making money and the rest simply for growing their ego.

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SPREEPARK

Opened for the first time in 1969 and covering an area of ​​29.5 hectares, Plänterwald was the only constant amusement park in the GDR (German Democratic Republic).

In 1991 and after lengthy negotiations the company “Spreepark Berlin GmbH” was awarded the park for an unpublished figure. They installed new attractions and made it a reference in the world of amusement parks. They managed to bill 1.5 million dollars annually.

In Berlin they built a large number of amusement parks and Spreepark began to lose steam. A severe crisis in the sector and poor business management meant that only 400,000 people visited the site in 1999. In 2001 Spreepark GmbH declared bankruptcy.

In a last attempt to re-float the park, Norbert Witte moves to Peru. He founded an amusement park in Lima but in 2002 he was forced to close it due to constant debts and a serious smuggling case. Norbert and his son Marcel Witte were sentenced to several years in prison for attempting to transfer 180 kg of cocaine from Peru to Germany within the attraction of the flying carpet.

The park had debts amounting to 11 million euros and in 2002 it was declared insolvent and the land was abandoned to its fate …

Today Spreepark is still deserted, only the huge Ferris wheel that moves slowly by the wind and emits a gloomy sound remains The perfect soundtrack for a park that was everything and is now nothing…

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The children of the preventory

One in three children in Spain is at risk of social exclusion. To this is added that three million children live below the poverty line in it.

Some of them have the opportunity to be cared for in preventives like this one, places created during the post-war period, which today host children from families without resources. Despite the education and care they receive during their stay at the center, their looks reflect longing … The desire to enjoy an afternoon in the park, the desire to share a table with their parents, the illusion of experiencing moments together with his, among others, are the reflection of an unstructured childhood marked by loneliness.

Project selected in Discoveries Photoespaña 2015

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