The Monochrome Experience: La Boqueria

La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona around the world. The city center beats every day, with more than 200 vendors for their blinds, smells, meals and cuisine. A festival for the senses… This is the other entrance.

The Monochrome Experience: Wrapped Statues in White Cloth and Nets

Modern art visited the Columbus monument in Barcelona. A necessary restoration of the statues of the base (66 ft) wide circle, with four staircases. For me, in my humble opinion, now the statues from the buttresses and against the pedestal reach the top artistic zenith. They should always be like that: wrapped in white fabrics and knotted networks. The viewer imagines the interior they hide, emulating the artistic works of Christo Javacheff. Awesome!

The Monochrome Experience: Seagull flow

The sea is the canvas. Seagulls paint abstract drops. The torso man is a white spot. The woman with the sunglasses and the enigmatic smile, the time. The needles of the horizon obey a certain order and a warning to the seagulls: do not rest here, or you will prick the feathers.

The Monochrome Experience: Giants

Photographing giants is a festive activity that modifies our human scale. We are insignificant if we compare ourselves with them. They dance and wear their best clothes. It is something magnificent that allows us to daydream and forget the gear of wealth redistribution and the intrusive digital marketing.

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The Monochrome Experience: Avoid Plastic!

#1
Exchange plastic bags for reusable ones, carts or baskets.

#2
Do not use plastic cups, plates and cutlery when you are away from home.

#3
Buy your food in bulk and avoid excess packaging, such as trays.

#4
Change the plastic caps by stainless steel or glass.

#5
Avoid the use of cosmetics that have plastic microspheres in their composition.

#6
Drink tap water, not bottled water.

#7
Choose containers for your drinks and liquids that are returnable, such as glass, instead of brick and plastic bottles.

#8
Reduce your baby’s exposure to plastic, not using plastic bottles.

#9
Look for wooden, cloth, or latex and natural rubber toys.

#10
Say no to disposable razors.

#11
Try to get hygiene and personal care products that are not packed in plastics and that do not contain microplastics in their composition.

#12
Avoid cleaning products packed in plastic.

#13
Refill metal lighters.

#14
If it is impossible, then reduce your plastic consumption further.

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The Monochrome Experience: Up

Seeing the world on the shoulders of the father or mother is a wonderful thing. Some of us hardly remember the beautiful views, there, in the heights. These privileged views only run for a short period. Because the boy or girl grows and gain weight, which contributes to abandon childhood in some way and enter the territory of reality. Parents are no longer giants and little ones have become teenagers.

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The Monochrome Experience: Strange Things

Sometimes photographs capture strange situations. A bike that looks like a motorcycle. A woman with sunglasses who put her hand on her forehead so as not to be blinded by light. The old man looking inside his nose. The bike with too many wheels. One strange street with the two men below and the woman at the window (surreal environment permeates everything). The inflatable helicopter patrolling the city. The crosswalk crowded with babies in strollers…

The Monochrome Experience: Smile

Photogenic is a mystery like the human becoming. The human becoming theory posits quality of life from each person’s own perspective as the goal of smiling practice.

The Monochrome Experience: Vertigo

At fairs the photographer has the opportunity to capture unusual lights, dizzying situations and images of suggestive rarity. There are frightening attractions with terrified screaming teenagers, noise, smells, clouds of artificial gas and the smell of fast food. But everyone, children, parents and older people have a great time.

 

The Monochrome Experience: Just Shapes

Shapes today are dominant over the representation. I do not want to watch for the meaning of undulating chains, a giant shell, two stones at right angles, the capricious curves of a crowd of chairs, the girl who goes down the steps, the small woman in the distance of a cloudy forest, or the lunch with the windows and the backlighting walls. Today must be the shapes that speak. I like it enough. It is complex for me to explain the meaning. An intellectual exercise that spoils what one sees when enjoying or feel a photograph.

 

The Monochrome Experience: Cool Shot

The night is full of surprises. A showcase where to set the focus, capture scenes and test the abilities of the photographer.

The Monochrome Experience: Crossed Lifes

On a quantum level the laws of physics overflow our cartesian existence. If we imagine the subjects as quantum particles, the photographer would attend an experiment in the Nature’s laboratory.

 

The Monochrome Experience: Framed

Sometimes the protagonists are distributed with mastery in the framework of photography. Random, luck and opportunity make their appearance.

The Monochrome Experience: Acrobats

In the sand of a beach, during the summer, you can discover acrobats of concentration, acrobats who make the vertical to read an invisible book and acrobats who perform risky somersaults driving themselves into the trunk of a tree from a shipwreck. Anything goes up.

The Monochrome Experience: Sunflowers Field

Although they hide from the sun its splendid magnificence makes us succumb to its charm. From the lush landscape, the detail of its stems and leaves, and the sinuous fractal detail that nature deposits in its seed containers.

The Monochrome Experience: Casual Things

I especially like the flower in the pond. It has been almost a miracle to do it. The rest of the series has no special interest but can be seen without further ado. I like the one of the girl who doesn’t have her feet on the floor and watch a guy who looks in the same direction. Today I did something with the shadows. The projected branches in the sand… Summer, days, casual things.

The Monochrome Experience: Subtle Situations

Seeing a photograph is a visual and intellectual pleasure. Just like reading a good book, just like listening carefully to an immortal concert or opera. Sometimes relationships are established between the elements of the image, certain contrasts, a kind of dialogue between the subjects. I do not mean the composition or the usual rules of the four thirds, I speak about the subtle situations. In this series I especially like the photograph of the woman who crosses La Rambla. The female protagonist establishes a formal relationship with the three-arm lamppost. Why? The woman also has three arms and a point of distant light at the tip of the nose!

The Monochrome Experience: What Do You See?

Some of Garry Winogrand’s best photographs are those of people observing something that is not seen in the image. It is fascinating. It allows the observer to think about what the protagonists are looking at, then establishing a mock reconstruction of the real world where the imagination of the public is put to work for some good one: it is, they must be in, and so on. With this resource today I have proposed to photograph people who look without showing the focus of their eyes. Thanks, Garry!

The Monochrome Experience: White Background

Finding a white background in a city is almost a miracle. The subjects lack external reference and the eyes are concentrated in their details: clothing, style, action, physiognomy. A gift for lovers of street photography.

The Monochrome Experience: Barcelona’s Old Town

An attempt to capture the transience of light in black and white, snapshots with fixed optics at f/8, sometimes tricking the camera’s photometer with high speeds in order to create sharp contrasts. Check inside the post the full gallery.