State of Independence I
A short set of film photographs taken at various demonstrations and protest points in Barcelona over the last week. These are the result of a proposed “independence” referendum being pushed through by the regional parliament against the wishes of the central government in Madrid.
The result is a political disaster, creating ever deeper and more dangerous divides both internally in Catalunya and externally with Spain. So far the protests have largely been very peaceful, typically involving a few tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds. While there has been some violence, so far it has been limited to a handful of isolated extremist incidents. However, as the proposed referendum date of 1st October approaches tensions are likely to increase with the risk of a full suspension of autonomous rule in the region.
We will write more on this over the coming week.
All images taken with the Leica M7 and 28mm Summicron, using Ilford Delta 400 processed in ID-11. A blue filter was used to reduce contrast.