Street art in the old town, Barcelona. Ilford Delta 100 shot with a dark red filter, and processed in ID-11. The scan resolution is not great, partly because I opted to scan (macro photograph) the negatives as complete frames, including the sprocket holes. While this seemed a cool thing to do at the time, I think the effect is a bit clichéd and I cropped this to match what I saw – you can see the raw scan and another from the same mural below. You can also see […]
First of a short set of images of street art, taken around Barcelona. Taken using a dark red filter on Ilford Delta 100 film, and processed in ID-11.
Some shots from the streets of Lahore, inside of the walled city. Finally, somewhere that makes Barcelona look quiet ;-) I really like the disorganised organisation of a South Asian bazaar. Everything happens at the same time at the same place and in some cases seemingly and unseemingly crushing and confronting. Human behaviour at its most raw, unfiltered and unconstrained (or at least so it seems). All this action is accompanied by a strong stimulation of all senses (beyond the visual), noise can be deafening and smells overpowering. However, the […]
Animal rights protest, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona. Leica M7 with HP5+ at EI 3200, processed in DD-X 1+4. The dark face is due to paint rather than anything from the film processing…
Setting up candles for a display in Plaça de la Universitat, Barcelona. This was a rather strange event which mixed elements of Catalan Independence (Assemblea Nacional de Catalunya) with campaigns for human rights and support for refugees. Barcelona is seemingly unique in Europe at the moment, in that it is one of the few parts of Europe where support for immigrants remains high, despite the clear problems of integration that are evident in places such as the Raval.
Protest against male violence, being staged by feminists from the Movimento Democrático de Mujeres (Democratic Woman’s Movement), Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona. This is a topic which is far more complex and difficult to cover completely in a single short image. This year alone in Spain there have already been two brutal murders of women by their current/former partner. And I am writing this as the year is scarcely one week old. It is impossible to put in words how utterly appalling this is. Yet such extremes only help mask other forms […]
Recently I was in Lahore at the invitation of the Punjab government for an archaeological conference. This was a nice occasion to revisit one of the most beautiful cities in South Asia (well, once you do not focus too much on the engulfing traffic and pollution), which I last saw some 15 years ago. One of the most interesting aspects of the city is its collection of fine Mughal architecture (1524 to 1752). The walled city with the old fort and the many mosques still preserve the flavour of grandeur and refinement for which the Mughal […]
Painted trucks from the Circ Històric de Raluy, which is currently open at the harbour in Port Vell, Barcelona. In real life they are quite colourful, and the wagons and trucks surround the big-top defensively as if from a scene in a surreal 1950’s western. Leica M7 with 50mm f1.4 and Ilford Delta 100 processed in DD-X.
This year’s presepe in Plaça de Sant Jaume is a modern work of art that is difficult to capture on film, comprising a fantastic array of kinetic artworks housed in giant inflated snow-globes. A nicely post-modern and largely secular interpretation of a traditional Christmas event. Leica M7 with 50mm and Ilford Delta 100 processed in DD-X.
Seasonally decorative star on the front of La Pedrera, Barcelona. Leica M7 with 50mm @ f1.4 with Delta 100, developed in DD-X 1+4.
And so ends 2016, one of the worst years we have ever witnessed. Ok, so the photograph does not have so much as a dove, but a pigeon. But the reference(s) seemed apt nonetheless. This year has seen the death of a long time friend, the threat of an end to our life here in Barcelona thanks to a post-truth xenophobic brexiting UK, and since Christmas day 2015 the robbing and subsequent occupation of our house in Barcelona – still unresolved a year later (and I can not even post any of […]
El Raval, Barcelona.
Plaça de las Caramelles, Barcelona.
A few festive nighttime images from around the centre of Barcelona.
Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Barcelona. Shot on HP5+ rated at ISO 3200 and processed in DD-X 1+4.