Callao Historic Centre by Raul Valdivia-Murgueytio

Callao Historic Centre

I took this picture from the top of one of the oldest buildings in the historic centre of the Callao district in Peru called Casa Ronald. The Casa Ronald was built by an English engineer between 1990 and 1928. At the time, it was the tallest building in Callao and hosted a number of businesses and residential apartments. There was a British club there called the Twin Deck and many British soldiers spent time in it during WW2. By the 1960s, the building had fallen into disrepair after a decade of disuse. A few years ago, the process of gentrification reached Callao and Casa Ronald was restored to its former glory, becoming a hub for artists and entrepreneurs; soon the houses around this building were put up for sale and their residents evicted. The building in the picture with its colourful roof will be demolished to give way to new developments for affluent people from outside this area. Although it has some historical value too, the fate of this building is clearly different from Casa Ronald's. The dog in the middle symbolises the underdog whose time is over, they will disappear too. The image tries to capture these contradictions which are being experienced in other parts of the world too, notably London where I live now.