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Travel: Barcelona around and about part 3

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

This is an entire roll of film that I shot during my recent trip to Barcelona. This roll probably has the most street portraits on it out of the whole trip. A couple of the gentlemen below (man with beret and man with glasses without a hat) are street artists that will draw/paint your portrait for you. I thought it was an interesting reversal to ask them to let me make their portraits. They didn’t speak much english but sign language got my message across. The two young guys smoking outside the pub were fun and very enthusiastic about my camera. The guy on the right brought his 35mm Rolleiflex film camera out to show me. When I told them my blog address I expected them to type it into a mobile phone but instead one of them produced a notepad and pen. I was surprised and remarked ‘so you like analogue?’ to which one of them replied ‘analogue is the best!’. Right on guys! If you’re ever looking for a great vegetarian place to eat in Barcelona you can’t do much better than to eat at Moaz in the Gothic quarter (left column 5th down). The staff are so friendly and the food is excellent.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f, 80mm lens, loaded with Fuji 400H film. Processed and scanned by me.

All 12 frames of a roll of film I shot in Barcelona


Travel: Barcelona around and about part 2

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s another set of images I made in Barcelona last week. Before I went I was really looking forward to shooting some street portraits but I found the language barrier to be a hurdle although I was able to overcome it sometimes with hand signals. Other times I had no problems because people spoke english but overall I didn’t feel the right energy on the street to approach people. The vibe I was feeling was people seem more guarded than I’m used to Oxford or London. My theory is that people are so used to being approached by others on the street trying to sell them things or asking for money etc that they automatically ignore anyone approaching them. It’s a shame because I saw so many people I wanted to photograph but alas it was not to be.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f loaded with Kodak Tri-X film, processed in Rodinal (1:50) for 13:30.