Hunting shadows

   Photos and text: © Antonio González Caro

  • This work shows the world around a particular person: John.

    He is a hunter who uses his dogs to hunt. This type of hunting, which is traditional in Spain, is used to locate hares in the field. As soon as the dogs smell a hare, the hunter releases the dogs, who chase the hare until they manage to track it down without any help from the hunter.

    These hunters do not want to capture many hares—they are more focused on training the dogs. They’re constantly looking for dogs with the potential to be fast runners and great hunters. The dogs in this series, greyhounds, can reach up to 60 kph (around 38 mph) in a race.

    For two years, I’ve been living with John, the hunter in this series, to document this subject in a more personal and intimate way. He has been around this hobby since he was very small—it is a family tradition. I was drawn to this project through my urge to document the great bond that John has with his dogs. My intention is to tell a story with identity. I have tried to capture an atmosphere that pervades the work and brings history to mystery and darkness in a way that reflects an almost magical and surreal world.

    For me, it is very important that my images transmit the feelings that I have in the moment I take a photograph.