20 years ago, the mayor of Vitoria was against the big malls. Now, after he retired 11 years ago, the malls are here to stay.
I’m against malls. First of all, because they make our city less human. There’s nothing like walking on the center of town and meet people. Small shops now are closing their business and big malls stay in their place. The problem is that the malls help you to buy thing. Everything is close and if you are pressed for time, you can go there and buy everything in few minutes. But what happens to the humanity? In the malls, the shop assistant doesn’t know you.
They doesn’t know how you are, what you like, so it must be you who spend time, searching what you are looking for. But I have to write about this mall because the lab where I develope the film is there and for the first time, the shop assistants know my name and know what I want. On the other side this big structure has several places outside of interest for photography. At the end of the mall, there’s a couple of new buildings that I like to shoot. They are horrible, like a prison but I like how they look in the late evening. Also there are two bridges in the same street I like. One because it’s modern and you see people like monsters, running for shopping.
The other is quiet and covered with flowers. It’s a nice place to stand and shoot the people that crosses the road from the park. Everybody here rides bikes and come running. Should I be against the malls? Maybe am I changing my mind? The building itself is not that bad, it has a modern architecture, and the corridors are wide enough not to be knocked down by hordes of people. But then, when you go there on weekends, you start hating it again. Noisy, overcrowded… Definitely, I prefer to stay outside .