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Save the Cortijo del Fraile  

Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre was inspired by a true story that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1928. A bride-to-be ran off with another man (her cousin) the night before the wedding, but the groom’s brother discovered the couple and shot and killed the lover. The bride-to-be lived on a farm called El Fraile. Over 75 years later, the ruins of the farm remain in the remote countryside of Nijar in Almeria, accessible only by a poorly marked, unpaved road. Unfortunately, after years of neglect, the site is now rapidly deteriorating. This state of decay makes for compelling […]

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Press
Jan 8, 2010

Interview in La Voz de Almeria  

Spanish journalist Federico Utrera conducted this interview with me by email about my photography and relation to Spain. Utrera is based in Madrid but is originally from Almeria. I first met him last year when he was writing about my uncle Federico Castellon. I was flattered that he took the time to review my portfolio in detail and propose some thoughtful questions. The article appeared in the La Voz de Almeria print edition just before the holidays. The portrait photo is by Stirling Elmendorf. Click on the image below to see the full size article.

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Travels
Oct 23, 2009

The Past is Not What it Used to Be  

The walk to the Centro de la Imagen, on the Plaza de La Cuidadela in central Mexico City, took me past 20-foot-high temporary steel barricades and hundreds of police in riot gear, in preparation for a massive protest the same day. The main exhibition, titled Presencia Flagrante, showcases the work of contemporary photographers Marcos Lopez and Ruben Ortiz Torres. While I’m already a fan of Lopez’ colorful staged scenes, commenting on consumerism and Latino stereotypes, Ortiz Torres’ work was new to me. This body of work, titled “El pasado ya no es lo que era,” focuses on archeological treasures the […]

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Events
Oct 22, 2009

Spanish Ghosts: Notes on the Locations  

I provided some information at the Spanish Ghosts exhibition about the locations where the photographs were taken. These buildings and spaces have many intriguing stories behind them that add to their significance. Here are the descriptions: Cortijo del Fraile: Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre was inspired by a true story that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1928. A bride-to-be ran off with another man (her cousin) the night before the wedding, but the groom’s brother discovered the couple and shot and killed the lover. The bride-to-be lived on a farm called El Fraile. Over 75 years later, the […]

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Events
Oct 11, 2009

Spanish Ghosts opening  

Thanks to all who came out for the opening of Spanish Ghosts: Spain’s Abandoned Architecture last thursday. The event was a great success — a couple hundred people turned up throughout the evening to view the photos and taste spanish wines and chocolates. The event was also a great start to the SpainDC month-long celebration of spanish culture. The exhibit will remain up at Studio B at Biagio Fine Chocolate throughout the end of October. Feel free to drop by for another look and to read about the stories behind the buildings and locations in Spain where the photographs were […]

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Events
Oct 4, 2009

Spanish Ghosts: Spain’s Abandoned Architecture  

Photographs by Mark Parascandola   Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8, 6:00-8:30 Free Spanish chocolate and wine tasting! Studio B at Biagio Fine Chocolate 1904 18th Street NW (between T Street and Florida Avenue)Washington DC Chocolate samples from Biagio Fine Chocolate Spanish wine tasting by Tradewinds Specialty Imports The landscape of Spain is dotted with abandoned structures, ghosts of a multi-layered history. Preserved in the arid climate, these architectural remains reveal the impact of time, weather, and transient visitors who have left their own mark. The subjects in this series of photographs include the Carabanchel prison in Madrid, a salt-eroded church […]

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Events
Jul 7, 2009

The Guest Book  

This year at Artomatic I left a guest book for visitors to sign. I never anticipated the range of comments the DC Tags images would inspire. Of course, it was great to hear from friends, neighbors, coworkers, family connections, and fellow artists and art fans. Many left encouraging words. Some left their own artful tags in the book. Others commented on what the images made them think of — the freedoms we enjoy in this country and the challenges some citizens face in having their voices heard. And a few visitors were disturbed by what they saw, objecting to the […]

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Events
Jul 6, 2009

Idylls at the World Bank  

The Idylls show at the World Bank ended last week. Here are a few photos in case you didn’t get to see it in person. The building itself is a work of art, so it was inspiring to see the work of familiar friends and DC artists in this unique space.  

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Events
Jun 24, 2009

This District Moment — Closing Party  

See flyer below for details on the closing party at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center this saturday in Silver Spring, MD. Two of my DC Tags photos are in the show (including the image on the poster). Live music and beer provided.

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