High Art

Hotel Arts & Casino, Barcelona. Leica M7, Zeiss 2/35, Ilford HP5+

The Hotel Arts and casino at Port Olimpic, Barcelona. A suite in this inviting looking tower can cost up to 12000 euros per night, so if you are planning to stay for some time a cheaper option might simply be to buy a flat in Barceloneta.

This was taken with Ilford HP5+, which to my eye appears to have both substantially nicer grain than XP2 and also higher resolution. I think that the grain’s texture is an advantage here, adding a nice 1960’s inner-city council housing vibe to the image of the luxury hotel.

I used the Leica M7 and Zeiss 35mm Biogon, again with a dark red filter. This was quite frustrating to take. Getting the framing this close to the ground without an LCD is interesting. On the first attempt at shooting, the shutter would not work and there were no exposure lights in the viewfinder. It was only after pulling the batteries out that I realised I simply had not wound the film on. A little while later the film winder jammed. After a lot of fiddling I eventually gave up and rewound – only to discover that this was a 24 exposure film, not 36…