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The tree of life is eternally green – Pascual Martínez & Vincent Sáez

Jun 19, 2018 - Jose David Valiente

Pascual Martínez (Murcia, 1977) and Vincent Sáez (Almoradí, 1976) are two Spanish photographers working together. They combine their work as photographers with teaching, designing and curating photography exhibitions.

Seduced by human relations and the study of society through photography as a means of anthropological exploration, they carry out independent projects reflecting upon identity from a natural environment perspective as the main axis of their speech, trying to transmit and represent new realities far away from clichés. 

In 2014 they began working on the project titled “The tree of life is eternally green” in the city of Bucharest, in Romania. This work has been selected at “Full Contact Scan 2016”, “Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2015”, “Encontros da Imagem 2014” in Braga (Portugal), and finalist at “Barcelona International Photography Awards (BIPA) Lens Culture 2015” and at “20 Fotopres La Caixa”, winner of the “Hacer” contest of the PHotoEspaña-Comunidad de Madrid Forum, selected in Photographic Itineraries at Pa-ta-ta Festival in Granada, and recently exhibited at Molinos del Río_Caballerizas in Murcia and in Espai Fotogràfic Can Basté at Barcelona.


‘The Tree Of Life Is Eternally Green is foremost about nature; about its wild and pure state, the ways it respects and manages itself, untamed, and about the complex relationships that humans establish with it.

We felt that, since the first inhabitants of Europe populated its fertile lands, the driving rhythm of Romanian society has been instinctively linked to the land – just like the roots of a tree organically find their way, entangled with other living beings.

To look at the outward appearance of a tree, it is simply a trunk covered in bark, with extended branches adorned in leaves. This is relative to our superficial view of a country that isn’t ours, where we can’t necessarily comprehend its true values beneath the surface. Stereotypes are products of ignorance and theories, and only show an external version of reality. Our images look in just a singular direction, attempting to see the essence of things in the uncomplicated gestures that make up a story both complex and simple at once.

“My worthy friend, gray are all theories, and green alone Life’s golden tree”, said Mephistopheles, to a curious student in Goethe’s Faust.’