An Insular Journey

3 min read by sarahbejerano. Published in Essays, Stories.

An Insular Journey encompasses the transit through some islands of the world, and the study on what there is in common and different between them.

I had always been interested in the topic of insularity, and in the way this label pursues us, islanders. This series was born from a verse by the Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera: “The damn circumstance of water everywhere” (La isla en peso, 1943).

The fact of being born on a piece of land completely surrounded by water involves innumerable contradictory connotations. The sea becomes freedom and prison, the end and the beginning of “something.” Beginning or end of the island; the beginning or end of what is beyond, always as a more or less unattainable promise.

The photographs show the rituals, in terms of exalted daily life, that fall within the insular character: the constant search for an exit means that the journey in circles has no end. The most important thing is not the destination — it is to travel and create our own island with each step.

All photos: Kodak ColorPlus 200. Canon FTb.