The author of the autumn seasonal portrait in 2016 is Adolfo Serra. Adolfo is an illustrator and picture book maker. We were touched and inspired by his book "The forest in me" ("El bosque dentro de mí" published by  Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico), a selection of images from which you will find below. 

Adolfo about his work:

"How did I come to the forest? What story do I want to tell?


I want to talk about nature as something overwhelming, huge, simple, brutal, beautiful. About humans as creatures of nature.
I also want to talk about the inner nature. Grow, mature, evolve, change. Discover yourself in others and in yourself, see and not see each other. Reflection, search, identity.

I want to talk of belonging and not belonging to a space, a flight, an encounter. Travel, wander, compare. To be amazed of simplicity. 
I want to talk of one’s need to seek their own forest to grow, to meet. Understand the fears, internal monsters and face them ... or know if you really have to face them. I would like to convey that one should be true to their own nature, whatever it is.
Forest is the beginning of many literary journeys. Forest is also the starting point of many inner journeys.
Do we need to get lost to be more human? Do we need to get lost to discover who we are?"  Adolfo Serra

 

"¿Cómo he llegado al bosque? ¿Qué quiero contar?

Yo quiero hablar de la naturaleza como algo abrumador, enorme, sencillo, brutal, bello. Los seres humanos como seres de la naturaleza.
Pero también quiero hablar de la naturaleza interior. Crecer, madurar, evolucionar, cambiar. Descubrirse en otros, descubrirse en uno mismo, vernos y no vernos. El reflejo, la búsqueda, la identidad.

Hablar de la pertenencia o no a un espacio, la huida, el encuentro. Viajar, recorrer, comparar. Maravillarse con lo sencillo.
Quiero hablar de que uno debe buscar su propio bosque para crecer, para encontrarse. Entender los miedos, los monstruos internos y enfrentarse a ellos... o  saber si realmente hay que enfrentarse. Me gustaría transmitir que uno debe ser fiel a su propia naturaleza, sea la que sea.
El bosque es el principio de muchos viajes literarios. El bosque es también el punto de partida de muchos viajes interiores.
¿Necesitamos perdernos para ser más humanos? ¿Necesitamos perdernos para descubrir quiénes somos?"  Adolfo Serra