Ciudad Natal

These are pictures of longing and distance, and an attempt to get closer to a place that is no longer my home. I left my hometown barely a teenager, and I took with me many memories. I didn't go back for years, and the longer time passed, the more these memories resembled dreams, as if my childhood was somehow imagined.

When I did finally go back, I felt oddly foreign, yet I knew that I belonged there. This tension was the impetus to revisit the places I remembered as a kid. I roamed at will with no time constraints, only my curiosity to guide me, and at times, overwhelm me. What began as an impulse to shoot what intrigued me became a desire to get at the essence of why this place felt so special to me.

These pictures were taken over two visits to Lima, Perú in 2009 and 2010.

João Canziani, December 2012