Foreword Royal Interventions

Sometimes the gaps and crevices of places seem to wink at us knowingly, binding us to their history; those wrinkles, which have been able to weather the storms of time, invite us to explore the local roots; the lucky traveller will catch a glimpse of the ancient chapters which managed to withstand human whims and still cling on to paving stones, facades and buildings that only the passing of time has deteriorated.

It was 1767 when a fishing lover decided to put an end to the inconveniencies of his hobby; he must have thought that the best way to catch trout was not by dodging holes, negotiating rocks and generally avoiding nature´s traps along the 12 kilometer stretch of the river; but to do it in a more comfortable way, so he ordered to build a stone step-footbridge in order to ease up the slightly uneven terrain. And so it was done.
A year earlier, there had been a civil uprising against royal minister Esquilache in Madrid because of the high cost of living and the poor harvest; those riots resulted in the King removing his minister from office; now that same King would hire some of the insurgent citizens of Madrid to build him a footbridge from his pleasure palace, Palacio de la Granja, through the heart of the Eresma River Valley.

Manuel Capón looks out through the camera with the same curiosity and transparency he used to look at his grandfather´s photographic paper getting fogged in the sunlight in his attempt to unveil to us a part of the world we do not usually pay much attention to.

Travelling through this book, I cannot but wonder at how easy it is for me to imagine the very same Charles III and his entourage strolling placidly along the pathways of Segovia, watching the trouts and listening to the birds, carefree, idle and oblivious to the hardships of his people, unaware of the consequences of his royal whim.

Nature is a patient mother, observant and permissive, who knows that sooner or later she will prevail over the passing whims of the rulers of the time and human errors.

This book invites us to take a walk along the path of the peaceful revenge of nature, enjoying the victory of greenery over ego, a wonderful example of what La Pachamama will continue to do when none of us is here to witness it.

 

Foreword by Chema Sanmoran.
Royal Interventions

Traslated by Marisa Capón