Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas
Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas is a photographer. He was born in 1981 in Peru and currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Communication Sciences and graduated from the Argentine School of Photography. Carlo creates images that, according to him, are inspired by real events in his life and his daily environment. Carloman prefers not to limit his work to a single genre and explores everything from landscapes to documentary, travel to portraiture. He won several awards, including Peruvian National Award in 2015 and Sony World Photography Award in 2017.
"I miss my country, but in Buenos Aires I have freedom. Here I can go down the street dressed as I want, there is freedom to be and use whatever I want." Moises.
"I accepted that I was gay a long time ago, I really like men, only that being gay is more like a lifestyle to which I feel half exposed to meet the guys I like ... but, honestly, it's basically for me that ... the underground gay world seems frivolous and superfluous, full of little acceptance and discrimination disguised as a united community, if I could stop being gay, I would!", Rom.
"Immigration helped my freedom, but it was easy. Since I started dating men, we used underground to meet; it was difficult to go to hotels with another man."
"Returning home after a party in san Pablo some boys beat me for the dress code."
"I do not want to go back to Peru, to return to Peru would be to renounce my identity, outside Miraflores I could not walk hand in hand with another boy."
Rami and Adri are a couple of Colombians; they live in Buenos Aires for three years. They lived in several countries due to their work. Recently they settled down in Argentina there they feel comfortable with their sexuality. "Of all the countries in Latinoamerica we would not return to Peru"; "one morning we got up very beaten, my father broke his ribs and my right arm," says Adrian.
"For eight years, I have a relationship with Pablo, but my family, who is in Colombia thinks he is a friend."
"When I arrived in Buenos Aires I was 23 years old; today I am 37, for the first time I could go to the gay disco or enter a hotel with another man, in Peru I could not have done it."
"Even though I came out of the closet, and everyone knows about my sexuality, I feel trapped by my family culture. I miss my family, but here I do not have to explain to anyone, there is loneliness, but there is also freedom."