Documentary Photographer Nelson González Leal is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the series ‘Where the shadow extends to pain’. To see Nelson’s body of work, click on any image.
After a couple of months of living in that place, I realized: I live in a town of bells and rockets, where the shadows lengthen to the point of pain.
Made between the months of April and May 2022, in Metepec, a magical town located in the State of Mexico, where I lived for 9 months, this series records the reality that I perceived around me from my condition as a migrant, solitary and alien to that culture. Metepec has been given the category of “magical town” in an attempt to boost its economy through tourism, but it is also known as a rocket town and extremely devoted to Catholic religious manifestations, and I am quite an alien both, Catholicism and to this (deafening and overwhelming) tradition of launching and detonating rockets to celebrate the saints.
After those 9 months in Metepec I decided to return to Venezuela.
All images and text © Nelson González Leal
By Nelson González Leal
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