For Country Fictions, Madrid-based photographer Juan Aballe chronicles life in the rural corners of the Iberian Peninsula, capturing the quiet, bucolic lifestyle of its villages through a rose-colored lens. Inspired by a group of his friends, who had abandoned metropolitan areas for a life nearer to the natural landscape of places like La Mancha, Andalusia, and the Pyrenees, Aballe himself thought of relocating to the country; Country Fictions is the manifestation of his fantasy, a vision of a life that never came to be.
Aballe’s images exist at the boundary of truth and imagination, weaving together fragmented moments of bliss and communion with the earth. They seem to inhabit a space outside of time, forever bathed in the hypnagogic light of early morning. Here, the clock freezes; modernity has no place in this precious landscape, where men and women surrender themselves to the beatific whims of nature.
All images © Juan Aballe