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Ximena Echagüe

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Since September 2014 I am working in a photo reportage overseen by the renowned American photographer Eric Kim. Ostend reflects various kinds of decadence, of feeling of the end of an era. First, the city and its beach that used to be the gathering place for the wealthy and chic Europeans one century ago and has now become a sleepy and rather dilapidated resort, mostly forgotten but still retaining a charming fin de siècle atmosphere. Then, the summer, after a long grey winter typical of northern Europe, where People are eager to absorb as much light as possible. Lastly, a mix of the old ones and the unemployed, that can afford to lay on the beach during working days, looking lost, abandoned, bored, even disheartened. “Remains of a Wreck” tries to capture these three different but complementary feelings, few and isolated people, in a place almost forgotten. And yet, despite this gloomy framework, life continues, people strive, colour abounds, situations are often funny, beauty can be found, in other words, hope remains....

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