Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Catalonia)

Posted on April 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Catalonia)
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It’s curious; even though I live near Barcelona, I’ve only been there to take photos twice in my life. Perhaps it is because I am not much of a city dweller. But this year I am going to change that; I’m preparing a series of visits to Barcelona to photograph its most emblematic locations—many beautiful and sometimes forgotten parts of the city.

I took this photo of the Agbar Tower on a recent visit. This tower is part of the city skyline and one of the typical tourist attractions; but when it was constructed it was not immune to criticism because of it shape. In fact, the building is not only known by its name, but it is locally also known as ‘el supositori’ (the suppository), ‘l’obús’ (the shell), and other unflattering names.

I believe that the best time to visit the tower is at night, when a nice display of moving colors covers the building. At 38 stories and 144 meters tall, it takes 4500 luminous devices, which can operate independently using LED technology, to cover the tower. These lights enable the generation of animated images on the outside of the tower.

If you ever come to visit Barcelona, this should be one of your obligatory stops.

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Pont del Petroli (Badalona, Catalonia)

Posted on March 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Pont del Petroli (Badalona, Catalonia)
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I took this photo a few moments before the sunrise. I had to rise much earlier that morning than I’m used to, but it was worth it—it was a beautiful moment.

The bridge is a landmark in Badalona City: the original bridge was a wood structure constructed in 1879 for the local company Suari and Canals to unload petrol from ships. In fact, the name ‘pont del petroli’ literally means ‘oil bridge’.

This bridge was constructed in 1965 by CAMPSA, another oil company, and it was used as a jetty until 1990. A few years after, it was proposed to demolish the bridge but local support saved it. Finally, it was restored and opened to the public, and today it’s the home of a maritime meteorological station.

If you want to visit, this bridge is side by side with Barcelona City. In fact, it’s difficult to know where are the limits between Barcelona City and Badalona City.

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Gorg del Molí dels Murris (Cogolls, Catalonia)

Posted on March 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Gorg del Molí dels Murris (Cogolls, Catalonia)
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This beautiful waterfall is located on Cogolls Creek, not far from Les Planes d’Hostoles, a peaceful village in the Girona province in Catalonia. The place is amazing; the water has nice blue tones and there is a big river pool perfect for swimming in the summer.

The unique appearance of this waterfall and other parts of the creek is due to numerous normal faults that sink or raise blocks of rock and control the existence of numerous underground water springs that contain an abundant amount of dissolved calcium bicarbonate. This calcium is responsible of slowly petrifying the plants in contact with the water, creating these beautiful travertine stone formations.

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Unexpected Snowfall

Posted on March 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Unexpected Snowfall
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It’s not usual to see snow covering the streets of my town. However, from to time to time, we are blessed with a small snowfall—not so big as to create serious trouble, but big enough to enjoy a white landscape for a day or two. On such rare occasions, I love to take my camera and snap a few pictures.

The day in question started with a big snowfall; I decided to take my car before snow blocked the road. After a few kilometers, I parked my car and I started walking through the falling snow—a sensation almost forgotten for me.

I wandered into a local forest—it was amazing to see how different it looked compared to a normal day. The sky was like a white blanket; there was plenty of light, but it was difficult to see anything in the distance. The absence of color was noticeable; it seemed like everything was covered in a light blue tint and there were no shadows anywhere.

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Foggy Morning

Posted on March 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Foggy Morning Abstract
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Last month I was visiting the beautiful township of “La Baronia de Rialb” in the northeast of the “La Noguera” region in Catalonia. The weather was not very good; the closest mountains were covered with fog and the sun was only visible for a few moments. It might not have been the best day to capture landscapes, but with such weather it was the perfect opportunity to add some motion blur to my pictures and create a few interesting abstracts.

This photo was taken on the small plain behind the “Mas Barrat,” an old farm that is now in ruins. In it, a few century-old pine trees can be observed.

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Winter Sunset (Panta de Santa Fe, Catalonia)

Posted on February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Winter Sunset (Panta de Santa Fe, Catalonia)
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The first time I visited this peaceful reservoir, it was summer. At that time, the trees were full of leaves and green was the dominant color. However, after fall, the landscape changes dramatically. It is still beautiful, but it makes me feel a little bit nostalgic and eager for the next spring.

The reservoir, located inside Montseny Natural Park, was constructed in 1935 to provide electricity to a nearby luxury hotel. Pere Domènech I Pou was the architect responsible for the design and he did great work—the reservoir is integrated into the landscape and almost looks like a natural lake. It is the perfect place to enjoy nature and disconnect from our busy life.

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Montserrat Abbey (Catalonia)

Posted on February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Montserrat Abbey (Catalonia)
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Not so long ago, I was sitting at home thinking about places to visit and photograph. Nowadays, the internet is the perfect tool for this kind of research, but I had a different idea. Instead, I decided to make a list with great places I had visited before I became so passionate about photography.

Montserrat Abbey was one of these places. I last visited it a long, long time ago, but it left a strong impression on a younger me. From the outside, the enormous Abbey looks austere. However, the interior is quite different: it’s full of art and its amazing lighting is perfect for photographs.

The Abbey, located in the Mountain of Montserrat, is famous for the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat (“La Moreneta” in Catalan), which means “the One with a Black Face.”

According to the legend, shepherds discovered the statue in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to a grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa suggested moving the Virgin to his city, but it was discovered that the small statue was so heavy it could not be lifted. Therefore, they took this as a sign that the Virgin should stay on the mountain to be venerated.

In 1881, Montserrat’s Black Madonna was crowned in accordance with canon law and proclaimed patron saint of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII.

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