Week 16 :: Stop

Five loosely connected images taken around the centre of Barcelona. The lead image shows an illegal protest against the “Ley Mordaza” (gagging  law) – more officially and misleadingly titled as the “Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana” (2015).

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Week 15 :: Poble Nou

A set of seven (I still can not edit…) images taken in Poble Nou, Barcelona. These are a bit more heavily processed than normal, to give more contrast. Although I am still not completely convinced by the results, I like the increased simplification in the images – something that is always a challenge with a fixed wide-angle lens.

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Week 14 :: Center

Barcelona Street Photography - Ricoh GR II - Black and White

Five street photographs, taken around Las Ramblas and the center of Barcelona. I am trying to limit myself to five photographs, and it is simply not possible to capture everything that you can find on even a short walk. However, I think these are a good summary of what an average tourist might expect to encounter in hour’s random wandering on a warm Sunday afternoon in early April…

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Week 12 :: Espais Naturals

Espais Naturals, Delta de LLobregat, Barcelona

A narrative set of photographs taken on a walk at the Espais Natural along the Llobregat river between Cornellà and El Prat. The green space is very much an afterthought from the planning authorities – it is essentially what is left over after carving out several large motorways, railways, power line systems and the farmland that somehow still manages to survive in this area at the edge of Barcelona. The river is flanked by large artificial embankments (levees) which contain the water when there is heavy rain. There are large areas […]

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Week 10 :: High Rise

High Rise - Architectural Images from around Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan.

This week, a set of architectural images taken in or around High Rise Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan (next to the railway station at Porta Garibaldi). All the pictures were taken with the Ricoh GR II. There was a lot of guesswork with these photographs, thanks to the very very bright sunlight and a non-very anti-glare screen protector. The area is an interesting example of trying to undertake practical urban regeneration, with a good mix of living spaces, offices, shops, supermarkets and arts and social venues all within a very short walk. […]

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Week 9 :: Passing By

Life passing by at Vallvidrera estación de ferrocarril

An odd (and technically prime) number of loosely connected images, all taken in the last week from various walks around the city of Barcelona. I am slipping the timing of these posts progressively to give a bit more margin to process the images from the last week when away from the computer as ongoing trouble here continues to drain time and ensure that good number of weekly images can not be posted at present.

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Week 8 :: Cementerio de Collserola

Cementerio de Collserola, Barcelona, España

Some visual fragments from the Cementerio de Collserola, Barcelona. The cemetery is located right on the outskirts of the city in a densely wooded part of the Collserola near the Ciutat Meridiana at literally the end of the line (metro L11). As with the Montjuïc, there is an eclectic mix of whimsy, sadness, Catholic seriousness and celebration of peoples lives. Here are just five images taken from individual tombs in the cemetery – I may post some photographs from the beautiful surrounding area later in the week.

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Week 7 :: Urbanity

Anti-capitalist protest, Barcelona - GR II processed in Capture One Pro 9.03

More vaguely urban railway themed images and a (sort of) selfie taken on a railway bridge. The protest image is only vaguely connected – it was of an anticapitalist assembly, which is only very loosely linked to the TMB Metro drivers’ strike this coming Monday and Wednesday. The strike coincides with the extremely non-anticapitalist MWC conference – one of the most busy and commercially important events in Barcelona. The drivers are protesting against salary freezes and ever increasing automation, such as the driverless trains seen in last week’s pictures. As before, all five images were shot […]

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Week 2 :: Bland

Organic - architecture at the Ciutat de la Justicia, Barcelona

Five somewhat diverse images taken with the Ricoh GR in Barcelona. The most interesting photographs from the week again can not yet be published, so these are somewhat (deliberately) bland – although two images have been chosen to send a decidedly un-bland message to certain people. I still can not quite believe that I am leading with a photograph of football, although perhaps it is good to have managed a whole week without an attempt to destroy the camera… These were processed from RAW using Capture One 9.0.2, which remains an exercise in […]

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New Year

The narrow streets of Barcelona, Contra-Luz.

Another new year, and back to back to basics. Unfortunately, the holiday period has been a disaster for various reasons that I will post about if I get clearance to show some of the images. Meanwhile I am going to try to run another more regular photographic project using the Ricoh GR that will help extend the “No soms Funcionaris” series that has been ongoing for some time now. The aim will be to post the best five images each week, starting in mid January.  

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World Press Photo 2015

The World Press Photo 2015 Exhibition at the CCCB, Barcelona.

Three long-exposures taken at  the World Press Photo 2015 exhibition at the CCCB, Barcelona. The exhibition was organised by the interesting Fundación Photographic Social Vision. The exhibits seemed to have a little less impact this year, although Marco was quite taken by some of the insect images (“parasites are always intriguing…”, which I hope is not a comment on these images). It was incredibly busy, and quite difficult to cope with the crowds, so at one point I collapsed on a bench and took these shots. They are long exposures taken at low […]

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