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I don’t take good photos, I’ve just been to beautiful places…
June 21, 2010, 11:45 pm
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The other day I was scanning a lot of negatives from photos I took with the Rolleiflex 4 years ago… I don’t know why it took me so long! At that time I got three frames printed for a gift I made for a friend (though it never reached its recipient) and those photos looked great, I love the square frame, it’s very symmetrical (obviously, duh!), compositions are nice and well, it’s a beautiful camera!! Well, I could finally take a look carefully at the images I took with this camera and it definitely has something magical, and obviously the places where I took this photos are magical too! If you haven’t been to this places, well, let me tell you that you oughta go before you leave this world!

Four years have passed since then and I really feel it was few months ago, but still I want so much to go back to this places. These are big memories of great days!

The Alhambra was a dream come true for me, and I have said that many many times, but I really love this place! I felt like I belong there…

I’ve seen this images in books before… but nothing like being there…

So much detail in everything… I can’t even think about how all this was made…

mmmm… I have some sort of fetish for doors… I think it’s my father’s fault…

… it seems like an amazing place to sit and read a book…

uhmmm… no, I don’t have a window fetish… bit the symmetry is amazing…

If my mind is not playing tricks on me this is in Malaga’s Gibralfaro… damn! Malaga is just beautiful, I think 75% of the population are women!! Of course I wanna go back there!…

I remember one night I was hanging out with some girl friends then suddenly they all disappeared… yeah, Antonio Banderas was hanging around and they saw him… sure, big deal!

…texture…

You can easily find this kind of design in modern architecture… how some things prevail…

SYMMETRY #FTW

I love how this big blocks emerge in the scenery…

looking up…

Doors, windows… whatever! they look cool with all that ornamentation…

Walking through this narrow alleys in Cordoba was amazing… getting lost and just enjoying… ahhh…

Sevilla…

The cathedral is amazing… gothic architecture…

The Giralda… the landlord of the place I was staying at in Madrid told me that a man once went up in a motorcycle… there are no stairs inside, just ramps…

The Alcazar… the most beautiful gardens you could ever been to…

Inside the Alcazar…

Next time I’ll use a level… I swear…

These people were geometry masters and stunning craftsmen!

Sorry, I can’t avoid it!! Door fetish!

The Giralda at night…

Barcelona was another city I was so eager to visit… Gaudi’s architecture is totally out of this world, he saw things differently, I’m sure of that! The shapes he conceived are totally shocking, he cared for details as much as he did for overall design and he had one big and true love… architecture… nothing else!

The Sagrada Familia… well… nothing, absolutely nothing compares to it!!

…still in construction…

damn! dirty scans!

FYI this is also a door!

The temple has two main facades, each dedicated to a theme, one to the birth and other to the passion of Christ… guess which one is this…

Casa Batlló…

…all comes from nature…

Casa Milà…

a.k.a. La Pedrera

mmmhh… awful scanning…

nothing has the same shape… details…

Some rooms inside the building are decorated according to the time when it was first used…

Parc Güell…

Modern architecture in Barcelona is also amazing!

Forum Building by Herzog & de Meuron…

I did this shot in digital as well… dunno which I like better…

hanging around Parque Diagonal Mar…

you could see this cranes all around the city…

Dali’s Museum in Figueres… just watch this, I can’t say more about the man…

The Barcelona Pavillion by Mies van der Rohe… enough with saturation… minimalism is also amazing! more than beautiful!

Switch to slide film…

Less is More… some people just don’t get that!

damn!… someone please remind me the name of this building!!

okay… not minimalism… but amazing!! Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao…

I swear this is the original image with absolutely no photoshop… Velvia 50… I doubt there’s another kind of film with such saturation!

This photo is so different from the rest in this blog… but when I saw this man I knew I had to take a photo of him! I asked and it didn’t seem he liked the idea… but I like how the photo turned out…

…geez!!… I’ll never leave that amount of film without being scanned! anyway… this brought a lot of memories, beautiful memories!!

cheers

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Wow, Barcelona, I’d love to go there 🙂 I read Zafon’s The Shadow Of The Wind and this must be beautiful city 🙂 And I have to agree on Copenhagen – extremely beautiful women! 😀

Comment by Kamil

Barcelona is such a magical place, agree.
the building that you forget the name is my fav image.
of all these places, which one that you like the most?

Comment by robynthepaperboy

That’s an extremely tough question! Every place that I photographed has it’s uniqueness, each one made me feel something different when I was there, either contemplation, peace, energy flow, power, divinity, etc.
As I look back at the photos I realize there’s no single place I wouldn’t go back to… they are all beautiful and I’d love to be there again… someday!

Comment by aldorios




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