Location: La Palma, The Canary Islands, Spain
Photographer: Marcin Mikolajczuk
Natives of La Palma, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lived in caves since forever. During the prehispanic period the caves were inhabited by the native Gyanches. Not more than 50 years ago Los Palmeros still used them as houses and lived there with their entire families. It was the end of the last century that brought the change and the lifestyle became the symbol of poverty, so ‘the cavemen’ started to move into man-made houses. Nowadays there is a tendency to get back to the caves in search of a way of living that’s closer to nature. After an initial ‘boom’ for the western economically fulfilling way of life people are going back to the caves, to be able ‘to hear the Earth breathing’, to be able to live outside as a part of the Globe we are living on rather than live against it. Today’s cavemen use the caves to live, to rest, or to work and convert them into real ‘underground palaces’ combining the breath of the Earth with the comfort of the modern way of life. The occupiers of the La Palmian caves aren’t only the natives of the island, many of them are people from other countries, who moved to the island just so they can live the natural way.