The boating lake at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35, Ilford HP5+ and 091 red filter.
Photograph of the paths at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. Definitely winter now. I took a few shots like, trying to get some symmetry and contrast with the subject. Here is a second example, with a slightly different composition and light subject against a dark background: Both taken with the Leica M7, Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. A dark red 091 filter was used to increase contrast on the sky and folliage.
Boo Restaurant and Beach Club, Mar Bella, Barcelona. Another image that seems out of time and place, although the sand and vehicle tracks give it away that this is a recent picture. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
The wonderful metal hoops at Plaça de les Drassanes, as seen from the jetty alongside the tourist boats at Port Vell. Hard to believe that immediately behind me when this was taken was a mass of people taking selfies of themselves with the boats and Columbus statue behind… Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. I really like the way that the grain works with these empty-city shots to give a sense of timeless emptiness that is very much not the state of the city today. Even without photoshop and […]
The beach at Nova Icaria, Barcelona. All those tracks are from the heavy machinery that is brought out at dawn to stop the beach disappearing. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
A view of the Word Trade Centre and cable-car, taken from inside Desigual at the Mare Magnum, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
Tower blocks seen from the shopping centre at Diagonal Mar, Barcelona. This style of overhanging blocks hung from a central core is surprisingly common with newer architectural designs in Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
The Hotel Arts reflected in the Mapfre tower entrance at Port Olímpic, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Kodak Gold 200 processed to black and white in Lightroom.
The Mapfre tower at Port Olímpic, Barcelona.
The Edificio de Gas Natural in Barceloneta, framed by the contrasting dark and much less shiny local housing. Finally back to uploading some more film images. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Kodak Gold 200 colour film, converted to black and white in Lightroom.
An image from the facade of the new Disseny Hub building at Glories, Barcelona. If you are wondering where that is, it is just next to this soon-to-be-hotel (warning: plinky auto-play music): Both images taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 50mm f1.2L. The second image is a panorama from five separate images, corrected for perspective in photoshop, and with a final image size of 50M pixels.
A quick snap-shot from inside the newly restored and somewhat misleadingly named Mercat del Born, Barcelona. This has just undergone a complex restoration that exposed an extensive set of medieval remains underneath the more recent market construction. Now the former market functions as a local cultural centre, with the central area is opened up to show the ruins underneath. The result is a beautiful combination of two eras of history combined with modern exhibition spaces and meeting rooms – a great example of how to do these projects well. Apologies for the lack […]
Just to completely break any consistency with the previous uploads, here is a set of colour images taken around 8pm along the beach-front from Barceloneta to Port Olímpic in Barcelona. The lighting here is an impossible mess of different colour temperatures. Setting white balance for anything realistic is almost impossible, so I have settled for something surrealistic. Curiously, the saturation is not boosted – the main edits in Lightroom are to drive up the contrast and add vignetting. I used the DSLR for these to avoid carrying a tripod. All the […]
People at the sea-front promenade in Barceloneta, Barcelona. Shot with Kodak Ektar 100 and converted to black and white in Lightroom.
The promenade alongside the marina at Port Olimpic, Barcelona. Leica M7, Zeiss ZM 2/35 Biogon with Ilford HP5+.
A short sequence of images of the W-Hotel, near Barceloneta. These were taken using Ektar 100 with a black-and-white conversion in Lightroom (for no particular reason other than not having a fine-grained monochrome film to hand…). The hotel is one of the most prominent landmarks on the Barcelona coast. It was controversial when being built, partly because of ecological concerns resulting from the reclaimed land – though similar concerns had not prevented the industrial-scale development of tourism along the rest of the Barcelona coastline. As with the Hotel Arts, this is not […]