Ambiguity

Ambiguous Dance, Barcelona.

Dancing partners, forming part of the very modern pesebre (nativity scene) that was hosted in Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona. Another test shot with Ilford Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 and processed in ID-11 dilution 1+1. This was taken after dark, and the resulting scans are struggling a bit to pick up shadow detail in high-contrast scenes such as this where the camera metering has probably underexposed the image slightly. Compared to similarly pushed HP5+ the Delta seems to have much finer grain, but less exposure latitude.

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A Digression by any Other Name…

A slightly belated and vaguely Valentine’s day related post, with a set of macro photographs of prize-aspiring roses. Apologies for what a somewhat “filler” post – this was shot at the annual rose competition in Barcelona last year. Unfortunately, the photography here is somewhat disrupted following several incidents that conspired to combine equipment, photographer and gravity in a rather unfortunate way. The photographs were taken using a mix of Canon 5DIII with 100mm f2.8L macro, and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 60mm macro lens. In practise, it is almost impossible to tell which camera took which […]

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Sombrerería Obach

Sombrerería Obach, Barcelona. Another Ilford Delta 400 push-processing example, at EI 1600 in ID-11. It is very much easier to loose shadow detail with these night shots, partly because the M7’s metering tends to err on the under-exposure side when there are bright lights present, and partly because the available dynamic range of the film is being compressed somewhat by the push-processing. Would be interesting to compare this with some images shot with Delta 3200 at EI 1600, which should have tighter grain and a bit more exposure latitude.

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#VolemAcollir: Massive Protests in Support of Refugees in Catalunya

A set of images from #VolemAcollir – an immense protest organised in Barcelona in support of refugees. The main slogan “Prou excuses. Acollim ara” can be translated as “Enough excuses. We welcome now”. This reflects concern that the central Spanish government is not fulfilling its commitments to settling refugees, and also a recent call for Catalunya to provide even more direct support. After enduring months of watching the US and the UK slide into a mire of hard-rightwing xenophobia it is incredibly uplifting to see people here in Catalunya marching in support of […]

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Four Doors

    Four doors. Four futures. Which will you choose?     Street art and sealed doorways, shot around Sant Martí (Glòries and the warehouse district), and in the Raval, Barcelona. The images are a mix of Leica M 262 with Zeiss ZM 1,5/50 and the Ricoh GR. And almost, but not quite, entirely unconnected with the events of last week in any way whatsoever.

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MACBA II

Second of a set of semi-abstract images of the Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Leica M7 with 21mm SEM and a 091 dark red filter, shot on Delta 100 and processed in ID-11 1+1.

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MACBA I

The first of a set of semi-abstract images of the Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The museum opened in 1995 and exhibits a wide range of modern artworks. The MACBA is also infamous for being rather more successful as a skateboarding destination – something which sits awkwardly with local residents and is somewhat at odds with the serene modernist architecture originally envisaged by the architect and which invites comparison with the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. But perhaps the architectural connection connection with skateboarding was there from the beginning… Leica M7 […]

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Cripta de la Colònia Güell

Coloured windows at the Cripta de la Colònia Güell, just outside of Barcelona. Colònia Güell was an artificial community founded in 1890 that combined both living facilities with work in a factory producing textiles. It is an example of social changes at the end of the 19th century that increasingly led to the idea that providing for workers was both a social imperative as well as a means to improve production. The church for the site was designed by Gaudí and constructed between 1898 and 1915 using his trademark style that combines a […]

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Pi d’en Xandri

The Pi d’en Xandri, on the edge of the Collserola. The pine tree is more than 240 years old, and has become an important symbol associated with the nearby town of Sant Cugat del Vallès. Leica M7 with 21mm SEM fitted with a dark red filter and shot on Ilford Delta 100.

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