This photo-narrative street photography series aims to piece together the puzzle of the Moldavian identity and culture. From its Soviet Union symbols and history to its flirty adaptation to the western civilization, there is an unsolved enigma about this country. Considered by some the poorest in Europe and with the lowest human development index, the decision to be one of the 20 thousand foreign tourists that visit this little eastern nation was dubious for me. However, from the traveler and photographer perspective, the charm was in the uniqueness of its patchy urban and rural landscapes, and the important religious and military presence.
In this two weeks photo-trip throughout Moldova I explored: Chisinau, Milestii Mici Winery, Valea Morilor, Saharna Monastery, Tipova Monastery, Orheiul Vechi, Trebujeni-Butuceni Monastery, Cricova Winery, Capriana Monastery, Curchi Monastery, Transnistria (Bender y Tiraspol), Gaugazia, Congaz, Comrat, Belsama, Taraclia, Svetlii, Soroca, Japca Monastery, Balti, Padurea Domneasca National Park, and Asconi Winery.
The images show the picturesque intricacy of Moldova, looking for its own position between the old and the new, and at the same time combining the respect to the roots and the slow pace movement towards capitalism. Its beauty doesn’t rely on artificiality to embellish the experience, it’s just authentic local magnetism.
Seigar is a passionate travel, street, social documentary, and conceptual photographer based in Tenerife. He feels obsessed with the pop culture which shows in his series. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, curious finds, and religious icons.
He also flirts with journalism and video. His main inspiration is traveling. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, creating a continuous storyline from his trips. His most ambitious projects so far are his Plastic People, a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, and his Tales of a City, an ongoing urban photo-narrative project taken in London.
He is a philologist and also works as a secondary school teacher. He is a self-taught visual artist, though he has done a two years course in advanced photography and one in cinema and television. He has participated in several exhibitions and his works have been featured in many publications. He has collaborated with different media such as VICE and WAG1. He writes for Dodho and The Cultural about photography and for Memoir Mixtapes about music.
Lately, he has experimented with video forms. His last interest is documenting identity. Recently, he received the Rafael Ramos García International Photography Award.
Social Networks: Facebook/Instagram: @jseigar