Cristina Garcia Rodero's La Confesiòn

I was leafing through the catalog for the fantastic exhibition Au Fèminin, Women Photographing Women at the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris and I came upon this image by Magnum Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero titled La Confesiòn. It has been haunting since and I can't get it out of my mind. It has brought back many memories of my young self growing up in a Catholic school, desperately confessing all of my sins to God, asking for forgiveness. This image, nonetheless, is incredibly moving and is proof of the ability of one single image to carry the secrets, emotions, traditions, fears and history of a culture.

The following quote by Garcia Rodero sums it all up:
"I tried to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humor, tenderness, rage, pain, in all its truth; and the fullest and most intense moments in the lives of these characters as simple as they are irresistible, with all their inner strength, as a personal challenge that gave me strength and understanding and in which I invested all my heart."

-Cristina Garcia Rodero

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