#Sagrada #Familia #Antoni #Gaudi #Modernista #Catalunya #Barcelona #City

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

3 – Another selection of shots from our trip to Barcelona earlier this year, following on from our Streets & People and General City posts. This time they are of the work of the modernista architect Antoni Gaudí – The Sagrada Familia.

This angle lets the Sagrada Familia dominate the city in a way you don’t sense walking around.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Looming Sagrada Familia. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Looming Sagrada Familia. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The interior of the building is now largely complete – the exterior is likely to carry on for many more years.  The finished feel inside is almost other worldy.

Sagrada Ceiling. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Ceiling. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Abstract. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Abstract. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Familia, Detail. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Familia, Detail. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Similarly, the light – and colour – from the windows is breathtaking.

Sagrada Familia, Detail. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Familia, Detail. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sagrada Sun. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Sun. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

For those brave enough to go up the towers, there’s a long walk down this steep spiral staircase.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The angles have a fantasy quality, like something from the imagination of Mervyn Peake.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

#Barcelona #Urban #City #Catalunya #Mies #Van #Der #Rohe #Pavilion #Kolbe

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

2 – A selection of general city shots from our trip to Barcelona earlier this year, following on from our Streets & People post, with more to follow in our Sagrada Familia post.

Pasage De La Paz. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Pasage De La Paz. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Again, the narrow streets create wonderful contrasts and pools of light.

Pasage De La Paz, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Pasage De La Paz, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
High Up and Narrow. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
High Up and Narrow. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

In stark contrast to the surrounding gothic and modernist architecture, El Corte Ingles is a brutal, domineering building built in 1962 towards the end of Franco’s rule.

El Corte Ingles. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
El Corte Ingles. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Through And Back. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Through And Back. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Ear Tug. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Ear Tug. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The stunning Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion was designed as the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.  The glass, steel and marble construction is  a fabulous example of the Modern Movement.

Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The pavilion contains Georg Kolbe’s striking bronze sculpture, Dawn.  It is perfectly placed to reflect in water, glass and marble.

Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

We were lucky enough to time our visit so the statue’s arms are shielding the face from the sun.

Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

I loved the juxtaposition of the curved statue reflecting against the rigid geometry of the building.

Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

We passed the Fundació Joan Miró  – this sculpture offers a bit of a contrast to the Kolbe.

Miro Sculpture. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Miro Sculpture. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Ah, I can’t pass by a Sombreria without snatching a quick shot.

Sombreria. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sombreria. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sanchez Ruiz. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sanchez Ruiz. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Heroic. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Heroic. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Tight Shoe. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Tight Shoe. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Shipyard. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Shipyard. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flowing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flowing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The old Mercat del Born is the largest covered square in Europe according to Wikipedia and marks the start of the Catalan modernism architecture.   Its beautiful, tranquil and cool interior makes a relaxing refuge from the heat of Barcelona’s streets (and it has a cafe and a loo!).  More importantly, after years of neglect, the building has gone through prolonged renovation, in the course of which, the ruins of medieval streets, houses, bars and shops from the defeat of Catalunya during the War of Spanish Succession were uncovered.

In The Bourne. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
In The Born. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

After a few days trekking round Barcelona, it is good to get out of the town on Las Golondrinas.  After a trip out the harbour and along  the Barceloneta front, the boats take you round the industrial bit of of the docks.

Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Finally, a colourful parillada – grilled lobster, cuttlefish, langostinos, gambas and mussels.  El Rey de Gamba is an institution – it’s busy, bold and brash but the seafood is excellent and pretty good value given the location near the harbour.

El Rey De Gambas. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
El Rey De Gambas. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

#Barcelona #People #Street #Urban #City #Catalunya

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

1 – We’ve finally got round to processing and posting a selection of shots from our Spanish holiday in April.  This post is drawn from the street photography of Barcelona and its people with more to follow in our general city and Sagrada Familia posts.

Speedy. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Speedy. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Hand In Hand. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Hand In Hand. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and Ravel which often open out onto brighter plaças provide wonderful contrasts of light.

Over There. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Over There. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

Athletic. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Athletic. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Stretching. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Stretching. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

By night, the street lights and lighting for individual  buildings changes the perspective.

Passing By. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Passing By. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Pools of light create interesting shadows.

Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

And interesting contrasts.

Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Small, Distant Figure. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Small, Distant Figure. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Wet Perspective. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Wet Perspective. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Striding Out. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Striding Out. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Propped Up. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Propped Up. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sunday Best. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Sunday Best. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Just Sittin'. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Just Sittin’. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Jumpsuit. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Jumpsuit. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
FOUR. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
FOUR. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Heat. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Heat. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Waiting In The Sun. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Waiting In The Sun. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Watering The Wall. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Watering The Wall. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
1.50. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
1.50. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

We came across some wonderful characters.

Barcelona Street Style. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Barcelona Street Style. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Cigar. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Cigar. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Gasmen. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Gasmen. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

And wildlife…

Walking My Pig. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Walking My Pig. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Back Lane Scooter, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Back Lane Scooter, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Navigating The Puddles, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Navigating The Puddles, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Intrusive Shadow. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Intrusive Shadow. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
That Way? Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
That Way? Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Backstreets, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Backstreets, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

And even some interesting buskers once we got away from las Ramblas.

Strange Instrument. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Strange Instrument. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

MACBA .@MACBA_Barcelona .@youlovebcn #Monochrome #Photography knicksen.com

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA is a great building for photographers, let alone the modern art within. It is situated close to the Ramblas in central Barcelona. If you visit the city, I recommend a visit. Here’s a selection of shots I took.

Minimal.
Minimal.
Through The Gap.
Through The Gap.
Gentle Slope.
Gentle Slope.
Tripod.
Tripod.
...PORANI DE BARCELONA.
…PORANI DE BARCELONA.

 

Can Garay .@sawdays #Catalunya #Monochrome #Photography knicksen.com

This is one of the places we stayed in recently on our trip to Catalunya. Hotel Can Garay, a Modernista house built in 1906 in Planes D’Hostoles, near Olot in the Garrotxa Volcanic Park area.

Great food, local wines, excellent accomodation and friendly hosts, plus a good base for walking and exploring further afield. Photos may have been taken too.

Can Garay.
Can Garay.
The Dark Tower (with Wall).
The Dark Tower (with Wall).
Simple.
Simple Light.
Can Garay.
Can Garay.
The Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower.