Seville, Spain: Nicolás Haro’s exhibition at SICAB – Salón Internacional del Caballo de Pura Raza Española, ‘international salon of the thoroughbred horses of Spain’ – of his photos was a huge success. I only hope that our idea of turning this into a book, with his photos accompanied by my words – some of them are already in my foreword to his exhibition catalogue here - becomes a reality. Then, I can also embark on my book on wolves and humans and continue my on-going coverage of man’s relationship with the rest of the Animal Kingdom. Nicolás’s interview in the Spanish national newspaper, ABC, is below. Here’s some of what he has to say in English…
—What do you remember of Alexander Fiske[-Harrison]?
— He became a friend and has participated with an article in the catalogue of ’équema’. So has José Antonio Sánchez Cousteau (jockey and writer) with another interesting article.
—But Fiske lived here in Sevilla and wanted to be a bullfighter. Did he ever tread the sand of a bullring?
- (Laughs) I believe so. Yes, he got to tread the sand. And he killed a bull. Nothing less than a Saltillo [an old and famously tricky and dangerous breed of Spanish fighting bull]
There was one guest missing at this feast, this fiesta, and a shadow was cast on it as a result, and not only for me.
To her, I can only say what I once said when I took her into the street in Pamplona for the ‘running of the bulls’ and she was very brave and wrote about it very well on her own blog. It is what runners say to one another before they go off down calle Estafeta to wait for the bulls alone, or what friends say to the loneliest of all people – toreros – as they enter the ring to face their fears.