You shall live in me

  • Dates
    2021 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Awards, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Documentary, Editorial, Festivals, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature & Environment, Photobooks, Portrait, Social Issues, Street Photography
  • Locations Madrid, Barcelona, Tieringen

Candid portraits of young Spaniards in a calm and belated coming-of-age narrative. The photographs capture intimate, vulnerable, confusing, and contradictory moments of a generation destined to precariousness.

You shall live in me is Juan de la Quintana's attempt to comprehend and reconcile with the idea of a lost youth, failed ambitions and forgotten promises. A personal gaze that delves into the profound experience of confronting the void of aging, leaving youth behind, and stepping into adulthood. Through direct collaborations and chance encounters, de la Quintana captures the essence of wandering souls teetering on the brink of self-discovery. Individuals that stare with uncertainty and ambiguity at the twilight of their youth - a generation adrift in a sea of economic crises, instability and employment precarity.

What unfolds befores us is an undefined and heterogenous life stage, and uncharted moment of transition, a fleeting yet pivotal time when innocence and unrealized dreams meet their end. You shall live in me candidly observes how these individuals navigate a landscape of contradictions, blunders and setbacks, offering a glimpse into the gradual shedding of innocence. This work captures modest fragments of their lives: a portrait of a generation in flux, engaged in a journey of self-definition, amidst the captivating fluidity of time.

A key element of this body of work lies in the relationship between the depicted people and the spaces they inhabit - sanctuaries where they seek refuge and enact rituals that define them. From bustling urban cores to remote corners of nearby woods, these surfaces have been reclaimed and redefined by these lost youth: transitional landscapes mirroring the essence of the characters that occupy them. It is about small moments, passing people and distant corners, and interludes that unifies, that weaves and unites these seemingly ordinary realities, often overlooked.

© Juan de la Quintana - Jorge on my birthday. He is visiting Madrid after more than two years working abroad. He flies back to Germany the next day.
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Jorge on my birthday. He is visiting Madrid after more than two years working abroad. He flies back to Germany the next day.

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Palomo shows me Iñaki, the snake that he found with his friends and that they adopted for several years. At the time of taking the photo, he was shedding his skin and was very weak. Palomo told me that Iñaki died a few weeks later. This was his last photo

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Pedro and Fer at the Madrid Rio skatepark. They live in El Escorial, about 40 km from the capital. However, they prefer to meet there with the rest of the neighborhood skaters.

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A telephone booth, a vestige of Spain's past. They have been out of use since the advent of mobile phones and have since functioned as the perfect canvas for street artists or as bar counters. The Madrid city council removed them all less than a year ago.

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Oliver carefully shows me the bruise he got when he fell off his bike. Curiously, his rings seem to perfectly express what he feels.

© Juan de la Quintana - Pablo and Laura minutes before a summer storm ruined our afternoon.
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Pablo and Laura minutes before a summer storm ruined our afternoon.

© Juan de la Quintana - A kid in the Plaza del Dos de Mayo
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A kid in the Plaza del Dos de Mayo

© Juan de la Quintana - A bored young woman, lying on a bench in the fetal position.
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A bored young woman, lying on a bench in the fetal position.

© Juan de la Quintana - Leon shows me his grandmother's rosary. Traditions and heritages make peace with new bodies and aesthetics
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Leon shows me his grandmother's rosary. Traditions and heritages make peace with new bodies and aesthetics

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Among the rubbish of the open fields that surround the Coslada funeral home, youg people gather together using the furniture that is found.

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Kike, saturated by the city, goes out to explore its surroundings. This is him, in the vicinity of the Atletico de Madrid stadium, peeking underneath the train tracks

© Juan de la Quintana - The marks on a tree that mark a date, probably an anniversary. February 2, 2019?
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The marks on a tree that mark a date, probably an anniversary. February 2, 2019?

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Paula and Punto, shortly after he got into a fight with another dog, clearly losing. Paula lives in Oporto and Punto in Madrid, with her parents. I took this photo during a brief visit of hers to the city, in which she mainly wanted to check on Punto.

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A drunk young man at 10 in the morning in the front garden of the building where my parents live. I asked him how he was. He got up, told me he didn't need help and left.

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Some balloons in the Retiro Park. While they make up the phrase "Happy Easter," many read "Hater" instead. They are the remains of an international student party.

© Juan de la Quintana - Sofia at the Dehesa de la Villa viewpoint.
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Sofia at the Dehesa de la Villa viewpoint.

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Telmo, lying in Retiro Park. He, born in the Basque country, used to live in Madrid for a while. This was his favorite spot of the park.

© Juan de la Quintana - Júlia in the park of the Ciudadella in Barcelona.
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Júlia in the park of the Ciudadella in Barcelona.

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Jana at the surprise birthday party for Jorge, her partner and lifelong friend of mine. They both now live in Germany, where Jana is from, in a small town in the Black Forest.

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Jorge, Carlos and Álvaro (who cannot be seen) looking into the camera of Carlos, who took a photo of the valley. In a prolonged attempt, they managed to find Jorge's house in the photo. From being a city boy to living in a town with less than 1,000 people

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