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Bullfighting celebrates the domination and conquest of the fighting bull. It is a real and vital blood rite regardless of whether it is judged as good or evil. I am interested in the idea that we, as predators, kill to live and live to kill. Our intelligence allows us to manipulate, control and pretentiously attempt to dominate what we consider to be “nature,” a “nature” that Western culture has always feared and admired because it is the giver and taker of life. Bullfighting is a ritual with a strict order imposed to simulate the principles of the eternal conflicts between life and death. The bull and bullfighter create a dance in which time, space and energy converge between light and darkness. My photographs record a reflection of this incomprehensible and passionate pas de deux, where the bull and bullfighter trace the lines and forms of their existence with each pass, confronting their lives with their destiny. As an investigation of the photographic language, these photographs are clearly a combination of what the eye can see as apparently real, and what can only be seen as a product of photographic technology. I have photographed the extensive variety of passes portraying the dialogue that occurs between that which moves and that which stays still. These photographs strive to illustrate the proper execution of the passes performed in the arena. These are images that suggest a relationship between the controllable and the uncontrollable, between what is apparently static and what is constantly moving.