Monday, November 14, 2011

From my balcony: Drummers (Barcelona, Spain)

Drummers, Barcelona, Spain [enlarge]
Drummers
Drummers parading past my building and captured from above, from my balcony. Changing the angle does the trick sometimes.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lovers, Maremagnum Center, Barcelona

Couple at Maremagnum center's square in Barcelona [enlarge]
Lovers
Love, oh that immaterial thing so many times expressed in so many ways, so undefined and so impossible to trap in human words. Love, oh that intangible asset, that ethereal feeling that replenishes our soul with tons of universal waves connecting our every cell with other entities, creating nodes, emotional networks vibrating in unison. This anonymous couple unknowingly is just a successful synapse transmitting signals inside a huge cosmic brain, a collective soul, sharing the mysterious power that moves our world, the abstract matter that drives our history, love.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Boy and Dog, Arc de Triumf, Barcelona, Spain

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Boy holding dog near Arc de Triomf in Barcelona
Street photography is no exact science in the sense that it is less strict that landscaping or night photography for example. Not that you have to ignore every rule but you have more freedom to capture a specific scene and time for preparations is not as important as timing. Whether you are taking quick snaps in the good old way or shooting from the hip, it gets difficult to stand there composing, measuring the correct light or pretending those people around your subject walk out from the scene so sometimes you get too many scattered things or people as in this shot. This was taken right in front of the Arch of Triumph in Passeig de Lluis Companys, Barcelona. One thing I regret though, not to have captured the feet properly. Maybe next time. I only had time to watch the guy vacantly staring at God knows where or what while the dog seems to be doing more of the same. Check Arc de Triomf at Barcelona Photoblog.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Isolation, Arch of Triumph, Barcelona

Skater, Arc de Triomf, Barcelona [enlarge]
Isolation
Like a ghost wandering through passers-by along Passeig de Lluis Companys, just in front of Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, goes this guy on his skateboard, isolated from the real world by his high-tech headphones. I like the gentle pose and his detached attitude.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Begging in the Streets of Barcelona

Beggar in Barcelona
Not everything is beautiful architecture, and hedonism in Barcelona. Maybe you looked the other way and you pretended not to see it but the problem is there and always comes back like a boomerang. We had precariousness before and we will have more and more every time. Democracy is a great idea but capitalism is not democracy. The power of the people does not have to be concentrated in the hands of a few, a few that wouldn't care less about precariousness. Yes, we have parliament, we have a voting system, we approve or disapprove, we raise or lower the thumb but too often we are just the mob in the coliseum. There are still too many emperors out there pulling the strings in the dark, feeding the lions with slaves, the needed people.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Girl Waiting at Parc de la Ciutadella Gates

Girl Waiting at Parc de la Ciutadella Gates [enlarge]
Girl Waiting at Parc de la Ciutadella Gates
Waiting for someone, this girl decides to sit on the curb at the entrance to Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. The dusk is near and her companion is nowhere in sight. From here on you can make up your own story.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Break Time

Break Time, Barcelona, Spain [enlarge]
Break Time
It is a well known cliche that in Spain from a group of say, five workers there is only one digging the hole while the rest is watching. I have to say that in part this is true although things are changing little by little. In working parties you always have categories, the foreman who is the most veteran and exempt from doing the hard work (he generally gives orders, inspects and at most, drives comfortably in a small bulldozer or a fork lift truck, the specialist, e.g a certified welder, well paid in general, and of course, concentrated in his delicate work and the laborer, el peón, that is, the one that digs the hole. And then, well, there can be some laborers watching other laborers while waiting for their turn to dig in shifts. But by any means, I want to say this is the general trend nowadays and of course laborers in Spain or abroad deserve all my respect because they are the motor of our economy and there is nothing more admiring that a worker. This image I took near Passeig de Gracia at the entrance to a construction site. Workers were obviously taken a break after a hard day's work.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Counter Bass Player at Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona

Counter Bass Player at Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona [enlarge]
Counter Bass Player Calling
Man, you really ought to love music a lot to carry a beast like this, seems to be saying that fellow with the camera. In fact, the counter bass player was calling all the time in distress, perhaps waiting for someone to come a pick him up. It's no plan to go around the park looking for someone with this heavy load. I admire these people that are willing to sacrifice for the sake of music and their passion in life. As you see in street photography it is good that the picture tells a story. Unfortunately, this does not happen all the time when you shoot but it does help make the picture more meaningful. And of course, everybody sees a different story. That's wonderful.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bocadillo and Spanish Cheap Wine

Bocadillo and Spanish Cheap Wine [enlarge]
Spanish Cheap Wine
A man accompanies his bocadillo (sandwich made with rustic baguette bread) with some Spanish cheap wine in a Tetra Pak. Certainly, I wouldn't recommend it in those boxes no matter how popular they are, cause in general, they lack body and flavor. In Spain, the country of good wines, it is quite a contradiction that wine in Tetra Brik is so demanded. Don Simon, that also sells Sangria is by far the most popular. Remember to click on the image to see more details.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baby Backpack

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Baby Backpack

Baby greeting passersby from a rudimentary backpack. The woman was begging for money. It happened near Rambla de Catalunya street in Barcelona. The image is blurry cause it was a snapshot and it got focused on the wrong stuff but I think the moment is worth showing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hope Along the Way

Begging in Barcelona
Hope Along the Way

Just a little hope awaits on every corner, but too often expectations are not met. Taken from the hip on Rambla de Catalunya, Barcelona.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Man Reading Newspapers

Man Reading Newspapers
Man Reading Newspapers

Reading is an activity that can detach you from reality so much you can even sit in the middle of a noisy street, surrounded by cars and motorcycles without even noticing. I like the pose and serenity of this elderly man, the living proof of human adaptation to an urban environment.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friends, Vic, Catalonia

Friends, Vic, Catalonia
Friends, Vic, Catalonia

Two men that seem to be neighborhood friends possibly talking about soccer. A guy is holding the Sport, one of the two main sports newspapers in Catalonia; the other stands up and says something before leaving. A very normal weekend scene in our country where soccer is almost a religion. This picture was taken in Vic, capital of Osona in the Barcelona province.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Land Surveyor With Compass on Barcelona Street

Land Surveyor With Compass on Barcelona Street [enlarge]
Land surveyor measuring with compass on Barcelona street

Roaming the streets of Barcelona you can be pleasantly surprised by the most unusual scenes. Street photography sometimes is just about that, roaming and hoping for an unusual shot. You can take a series of pictures totally at random or you can found your subject and frame it with relative time. On this particular occasion, I did have time to compose and I was lucky enough to find something I like a lot, people working, doing their job. Here is a land surveyor, scrutinizing the distance and measuring with her compass. It is that kind of job you always wondered how the heck it works and what it is good for. If you are one of those that ever wondered that, maybe you can find out here: What is surveying or land surveying?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Preparing Cod Fish, Barcelona

Preparing Cod Fish, Barcelona
Man preparing cod fish

Man preparing cod fish at El Ninot market in Barcelona. With this modest sample of street photography I want to inaugurate this blog where I pretend to concentrate on everyday scenes I shoot in the city. Should you prefer a more eclectic work please browse my complete portfolio at the main site: Barcelona Photoblog. I intend to dedicate the same amount of time to Barcelona Street Photography as I devote to my other blog and I am sure Barcelona has got a lot to give in that sense. I have noticed that although there are plenty of similar websites dedicated to portray our reality there are not so many that clearly state they are about street photography. This is something I love and like to share with you. I hope thanks to this new adventure I find friends with similar interests to give some feedback.