Tag Archives: Black and white

Conversations…

17 Oct

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

Have you been watching “Orange is the new Black” by any chance? I finished watching the 1st season yesterday (what a finale!), and have been enjoying it immensely! And just when I thought I’d put prison life on the back-burner until the new season starts, I was informed of an exhibit which opens this evening at Fundació Foto Colectania. One that showcases the work of that master of documentary photography, Danny Lyon, and is centered on his “Conversations with the Dead” series, in which he documents the life of Texas prisoners in the late 60’s.

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

Now I love a good black and white photo, and given how much I have enjoyed the prison themed TV series, I’ll be more than happy to check this exhibit out. It’s on from tomorrow until the 18th of January 2014 (and will be followed by exhibits of other series by Danny Lyon). If you’re in town and into photography, I recommend you head on over to Gràcia and check it out… enjoy!

Danny Lyon at Barcelona's Foto Colectania

All photos: Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

B/W portraits

21 Jun
Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Cyclists – Carrer Petritxol

Another week has flown by and the weekend is on our doorstep. Before I go off to rest and relax, I wanted to share these 4 B/W portraits with you. I hope you like them. The cyclists, found on a doorway in Carrer Petritxol, is a homage to the famous painting by Ramon Casas that hangs in the 4 Gats restaurant. If you’ve been, you’ll recognise it.

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Girl – Carrer Mirallers

The other three are all found on the same little street, Carrer Mirallers, tucked away in the Born. A pretty girl with a piercing look…

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Embrace – Carrer Mirallers

A smoking embrace on one of the shop blinds, and that genius of surrealism, Dalí himself, with his pointy whiskers, by street artist Balu (who also did the pretty girl – anyone know who she is? – above).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Dalí – Carrer Mirallers

Street art in Amsterdam

7 Jun
Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Rainbow brother

To wrap up this week of holiday snapshots I have some very beautiful examples of street art for you, found in Amsterdam, on Reguliers Dwarsstraat, on just one wall. They are a series of wonderful portraits, done with stencils, both in black and white and in color… (note the attention that has been paid to the background!)

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Yearning child

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Kid at play

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Lady in Blue

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

The DJ

Lats but not least, the full view. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Black and white romantics

21 Jan
Barcelona Cute Suite

Ronda de Sant Antoni

Happy Monday! I’m starting off the week with some black and white romantics, found on several doorways around Ciutat Vella.

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer de la Lleona

I believe most of these paste-ups were done by the same artist, but I can’t be sure. Does any of you know?

Barcelona Cute Suite

Avinguda Francesc Cambò

This one here, at Avinguda Francesc Cambò, could serve as inspiration for a pretty dazzling carnival outfit, and shouldn’t be too difficult to make…

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Fonollar

Quite a different style from other street art, and a welcome addition, in my opinion. If anybody knows who the artist is, please let me know.

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Cecs de Sant Cugat

Have a great week, everyone! I have some very artsy posts in store for you, so make sure you check them out!

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Cecs de Sant Cugat

Close-up in black and white

25 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Smile – Carrer de Joan Massana

I always like a good close-up, be it a photo, a painting or another work of (street) art.  Here are a few I found around Barcelona:  close-up in black and white. Enjoy!

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Gazing – Carrer de Joan Massana

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Bitmap portraits

2 Oct copyright: Lisettevan de Graaf
copyright: Lisettevan de Graaf

Defiant chick – Carrer Grunyi

Bitmaps are images in which each pixel is either black or white (or any two colors). These full-body portraits by street artist SM172, most of which I found in the Born, not far from the Santa María del Mar, are precisely in those two colours, and remind me of bitmap images.

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Concentrated on something small – Carrer Grunyi

Depicting several interesting characters, I have called them “bitmap portraits” – enjoy!

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