A beautiful thing untouched by capitalism and corporatism.
This is the fifth part in my series documenting my experience inter-railing across Europe. For those that haven’t seen this photo series before, F^CK BREXIT was a name I gathered inspiration from whilst I was in Amsterdam. As soon as we left the train station, a bar had changed around the letters on it’s shop front to ‘F^CK BREXIT, as it clearly had some feelings towards the way in which Britain decided to vote leave. F^CK BREXIT is in no way a political statement from me. Personally, I respect the 17.5 million people who voted leave and can see why (apart from the immigration reasons) they wanted to leave the EU. However, F^CK BREXIT is about exploring the humanity, beauty and culture of Europe, that unites those within the EU together. A couple of my friends and I decided to inter-rail around Europe after the announcement that Britain would be leaving the EU, was simply because we wanted to experience Europe with ease. Perhaps in two years we would have had to apply for visas for each country, and in general it could have been a lot harder to travel around Europe than it was.
La Herradura is a tiny town located in the South of Spain in the province of Granada. My grandfather chose to retire here because of the slow pace of life and wonderful viewpoints dotted all around the tiny town. La Herradura is home to an amazing looking seafront and many mountains. However, if you are looking for somewhere to party, do not come here. There is one nightclub in the town and it is pretty much empty every time I have walked past it. The two closest major cities are Malaga and Granada, both of which are about one hour drive. There you can experience more the more generic city lifestyle. I have been going to La Herradura at least once and sometimes twice a year for 13 years now to see my grandfather. It still looks pretty identical to how I remember it all those years ago which I think is a beautiful thing. It has been untouched by capitalism and corporatism; it’s just the same as it was 10, 20 maybe even 30 years ago. I shot La Herradura mainly on black and white, but the colour photos show you how much the vibrant nature influences the town overall. If you want a retreat, head to La Herradura and appreciate the natural beauty it has to offer.
Words and photography by Bilal Akkouche