Depicting the past

The Cueva Pintada Museum is located in Gáldar, in the north of Gran Canaria, Spain. It’s one of the most representative archeological sites in the Canary Islands. Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) can be considered the “Sistine Chapel” of the island aborigines, the Canarii.

I’ve been commissioned to photograph a number of objects found on the site in different excavations along the last 30 years.

It’s been a very intimate experience. These are not mere objects. These utils were created, used, touched some centuries ago by ordinary people like you and me. It’s like if their energy was still present in these items. 

It’s been a great honour to have the chance to get this close to my past and have the freedom to depict it my own personal way.


Tomás Correa

Berlin, Germany

I was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in 1974. In 1992 I started to study photography in my home town. After some years I moved to Berlin to go on with my studies and get a wider view about photography. After working for many years in the design and advertising industry and having photography as a scape, in 2009 I decided to put more effort on my own projects. At the moment, I'm focussed in a personal search that's helping me to understand what I want to express, artistically speaking. Or is it the other way around?