BEHIND THE LENS
Marcelo Sastre is streetwise. He like to wander the city and its neighbourhoods at all hours. He is an observer of everyday life, of what is going on. There are many photos ready to be taken in this life, but you need to have your camera at the ready. He is well aware of this. Sastre is the kind of photographer that photographs were sat waiting for. Perhaps that is why series appear when he orders then; long sequences of working days in the thick of thinks, parades, processions, sreet markets, events, all these form part of his repertoire. Then there are different times of the day, the time comes to collect up the city, when everything is piled up and everyone sleeps. But also, the bustle and intensity of city life, when the city unfolds; many lind their way into his lens. His work is not based on the slow observation of what goes on, but reather the skill and speed in capturing it. He knows that reality holds ephermeral moments and his look is drawn towards them in order to retain them as they are unrepeatable, strange, trascendent or banal, it doesn´t matter - they are the vestiges or evidence of something that happened and that was there, the steps and the shadows, the cockerel, the cracks in the facades, the lights, a tourist stopping briefly next to the impassive sculpture of Don Isidoro Macabich. All this street poety (the here and now) captured by Marcelo Sastre is a document about an era and atmosphere that we cannot now know what defined it.
MACE Director, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibiza.