EMMSA – Española de Montajes Metálicos, S.A.

EMMSA Redundancy Protest Posters, Barcelona

One of many silent redundancy protests in Barcelona – this one against layoffs without pay by EMMSA. These kind of scenes seem to be getting worse in recent months, with numerous businesses closing (not least the Lauren cinema at Plaça de la Universitat, and probably we will soon see the closure of Fotoprix). Protest banners have become so common that for many people here they have become just another piece of urban visual noise to ignore, much like the advertisements and graffiti throughout the city.

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Heat Haze

People on La Rambla, Barcelona - Motion Blurred Film Photography

Another of the more abstract long-exposure motion images, this from La Rambla. This is Ilford HP5+, with an exposure of (probably) 1/4s at f16 with a stack of ND filters to cut down the light. This will be the last new film upload for a while, as it has now become too hot here to process sensibly. The last two films were processed at an ambient temperature of 28c, which is making the developing times too short even with very dilute chemicals – this  at 8am with the AC running at full power…

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Racing Rollerskaters at the Fiesta Mayor en el Raval, Rambla del Raval, Barcelona – Motion Blurred Film Photography

Speed-skaters racing at the Fiesta Mayor en el Raval, Barcelona. Once a year the roads around the Rambla del Raval are closed to make a mini-racetrack for skating. The skaters are astonishingly quick, and faster than most cyclists along these roads. I really like the character of these deliberately unsharp images – something about the film grain seems to work very well with the blurred backgrounds and slightly abstract subjects.

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Cementiri de Montjuïc

Cementiri de Montjuïc / Monjuic Cemetery - Barcelona

A few images of the cemetery on the Monjuïc, Barcelona, taken last weekend at the Barcelona photowalk. These were shot on HP5+ film. Unfortunately, the developing did not go well, as it appears that the developer has asphyxiated (or, more correctly, oxidised) from two weeks of storage in the 30c+ temperatures here. The result was a set of very very underdeveloped negatives, and it was surprising that there was anything salvageable from the scans. The underdevelopment caused two problems: (i) very low contrast negatives, and (ii) soft, almost grainless images. Surprisingly, you can pull […]

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Tourist Snap

Tourist Snap - Barcelona

  Barcelona is one of the most photographed cities in the world, where anyone can take a picture and even the bars are even going so far as to put logos and banners to suggest taking a picture from a certain vantage point. Because people can not make that judgement for themselves? Walking back this evening through the Parc de la Ciutadella, every time that I raised the camera and took a photograph it seemed there was a tourist with a cellphone or Rebel DSLR watching who decided that whatever I […]

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Besos de Barcelona

Barcelona - Migrants

Migrants selling handbags, jewellery and selfie sticks, Rambla del Mar, Barcelona. The writing roughly translates as: With kisses I understand But sometimes not The interrupted sleep Migration is not a crime (I would be interested if anyone can more accurately translate “la duermevelas”).  

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First Experiences of Developing Black and White Film

Barcelona SOS - Black and White Film Photograph

  After much trepidation, I finally processed a set of films at home – and surprisingly, they seem to have come out reasonably well. These were all taken using Ilford HP5+ and the Zeiss Sonnar lens (the softness in the first shot is from shooting the lens wide-open with a ND filter stack – not the processing!). I expected that the most difficult part would be loading the film in to the spiral and tank. This has to be done in complete dark, and I used a large bag rather […]

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