During the dark months of the pandemic and confinement of 2020, I was struck by the images and news of animals wandering through cities, reclaiming spaces that may have been taken from them before. And I am certain that while humans are contracting the covid-19 virus and confining themselves to their homes, nature is taking its course and expanding.

My partner Paula, our daughter Lía and I live in a village in the Galician countryside, in the province of Pontevedra (Spain). Our house is set apart from the rest of the village, already in contact with the forest. This time of confinement, we didn’t really suffer as much as people in the cities, because we could go out to breathe every day; we continued with the work in the fields that we had pending, we planted more trees, we started with the summer vegetable garden, and so on. And the animals, although hidden, were always very present. So, while I couldn’t go out to do any other kind of reportage, I decided to continue photographing my family and the native forest that surrounds us, a job I had been doing since we restored the old house and came to live here almost two years ago.