Like other young Spanish photographers based in Madrid, David Hornillos attended Fosi Vegue’s BlankPaper photography school. He is now a member of the collective Fotoaplauso. In this first book, published by Dalpine, Hornillos turned his attention to the Spanish capital’s Atocha train Station, formerly known as Mediodia.
From 2011 to 2014, Hornillos spent his lunch breaks exploring every nook and cranny of the station, capturing various mundane scenes which take on air of intrigue through his lens. The objects, animals and people are seen against the orange brick walls of the station. Hornillos has clearly done his best to subvert the traditional codes of the photographic aesthetic, producing unbalanced shots from the side or back, letting the viewer’s imagination do most of the work. The framing and layout of the photographs are repetitive and filled with disorienting diagonals. The cover of the book, showing a man holding a metal loop tied with string, is a perfect example: in Mediodia, despite a few identifiable signs, the mystery of the situations is key.
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Photographs by David Hornillos