Tag Archives: Photography

Lina V Persson

6 Nov

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

As intimate and treasured as carrying a few cherished photos in an old tin (and what a lovely tin it is!), that is how the photographs by Lina V Persson come across to me. Intimate, for the atmosphere they exude, and treasured, for they are (often) little moments in time, that once captured, can be saved and returned to for a lifetime and beyond…

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

Barcelona-based, but originally from Sweden, Lina Persson brings a special sensibility to her work that appeals to me, both in her black and white and colour work. This Friday sees the opening of a solo  exhibit of Lina Persson‘s most recent work at Impossible Project Barcelona (remember them?) so I thought it was as good a time as any to share some of her beautiful images (34 of them, in fact, all in Polaroid format) with you, as well as this lovely video collage:

http://vimeo.com/78419134

If you’re in town (Barcelona, that is), then I recommend you make sure to check out the exhibition, which will be on until December 11th. For more details (and many dreamy photographs), check out Lina’s website or head to Impossible Project Barcelona‘s site, here.

Gorgeous intimate and moody photographs by Lina Persson

All images © Lina V Persson

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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

nine and a half years

17 Sep

Vintage photographs of Barcelona (c) Barcelona Desapareguda

Hello everyone! Today is a special day. Noooo, not because I’m posting later than ever (sorry about that), but because today it is nine and a half years since I first settled here, in Barcelona. That calls for a bit of a celebration, right? So I thought today I’d share some vintage photographs of some favourite spots with you…

Ramblas + Port Vell © Barcelona Desapareguda

Spots which today look very different indeed, such as the flower stalls on La Rambla de les Flors (where I buy my flowers), the old port (backdrop to my efforts to keep fit) or the Rambla itself. In some cases for the sheer volume of people that populate these places today as opposed to the beginning of last century, and at others, just because they seemed so much more charming then.

Vintage photographs of Barcelona (c) Barcelona Desapareguda

At times the contrast between past and present is huge. Such as for example the beach attire at Platja de Sant Sebastià (my favourite beach in Barcelona) then and now. So very stylish in the image above, and so very bare these days, for it is now a nudist beach. Or the busty ladies going to do their groceries at La Boqueria (where I do mine too), with their shopping baskets in the crooks of their arms. Not quite the same as today’s hordes of tourists munching on plastic-wrapped fruit or cod dumplings on a stick! Nevertheless, I am very happy to call Barcelona my home, and so, with these images, wish to pay it homage in my own small way.

Vintage photographs of Barcelona (c) Barcelona Desapareguda

Hope you like the photos! They are courtesy of Barcelona Desapareguda – a delightful Facebook page that celebrates its first anniversary today and continually publishes wonderful images of Barcelona’s grand (and not so grand) past. All photos are sourced, curated and published by Giacomo Alessandro.

Food for thought: simplify

13 Sep

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

You know how sometimes you meet people who in the space of a few moments manage to impact you, even if it is in a subtle way? Well dear blog friends, that is what happened to me recently, when one of my guests caused a deep impression. She just mentioned that she painted and took photos (she also surfs and teaches), and gave me the link to her website, so I looked it up and bookmarked it for later viewing…

An then it happened. BAM! The word on her cover page: SIMPLIFY. It stirred something inside me, at a very deep level, and made me question what I am doing with my life and where I am going. Now during the week, I don’t have all that much time for such reflections, so I thought I’d save it for the weekend to digest this food for thought: simplify.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And while I checked her website, and also her Tumblr, I came across her beautiful paintings (this one here is my favourite), her gorgeous photos, and her wonderfully inspiring musings. Wow! I find them really thought-provoking and beautiful.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

The one that accompanies this beautiful black and white photo goes: “Woman trust nothing but your heart and what it says — you will be ok.”

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And the caption for this photo: “Love, in all the right places… this one made me smile and stay awhile on my way to rushing and hurrying to get somewhere, as if to say, “slow down, love a little”.”

Maybe these ‘messages’ stir just me, and others lie in waiting for you, so why don’t you check out Laarni Gedo’s website and her Tumblr blog and see what it offers you? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

All photographs in this post are by Laarni Gedo.

A touch of citrus

8 May
Street art in Barcelona with touches of yellow

An apple a day… – Carrer Cera

Street art in Barcelona with touches of yellow

Smile for the camera – Carrer Joaquin Costa

Street art in Barcelona with touches of yellow

Disjointed – Carrer Botella

Street art in Barcelona with touches of yellow

Flash – Carrer Mirallers

Street art in Barcelona with touches of yellow

Zorro’s bomb – Carrer Pas de la Enseyança

Say it with neon

19 Apr
Barcelona neon signs

Free – Plaça Catalunya

Happy Friday, everyone! I thought I’d say it with neon today. The weekend is here, so you’re free (above).

Barcelona neon signs

Lemonade – Plaça Universitat

Free to have a lemonade or to look for some real estate around Barcelona…

Barcelona neon signs

Real estate – Plaça Universitat

Barcelona neon signs

Pharmacy – La Rambla

… perhaps you need to do some groceries and stock up at the pharmacy?

Barcelona neon signs

Pharmacy :: 2 – Rambla de Cataluya

Barcelona neon signs

Smile – Carrer Floridablanca

The sun is shining (here at least) so smile!

Barcelona neon signs

Bar – Carrer Notariat

For many of you, your plans may include heading to a bar to have a drink? Mine certainly do! But whatever you do, have a great weekend! :)

Barcelona neon signs

Bar :: 2

Mirrored

18 Apr
Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Camouflaged – Carrer Roger de Llùria

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Diffuse – Carrer Pietà

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Perspective – Torre Mapfre

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Double – Plaça del Bonsuccès

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Hop scotch – Plaça Villa de Madrid

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

One – Carrer Elisabets

Mirrored images on Barcelona buildings (and water)

Watery – Port Vell

Blank canvas

8 Apr
Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Foot steps

As Mondays tend to be a little tough on most of us, I thought we’d start the week with a blank canvas, with images from my archives taken at the MACBA, which is just around the corner from where I live…

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Corner

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Levels

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Sun light

Have a great week, everyone!

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Visitors

Out there…

2 Apr

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Hello! Did you survive the Easter weekend in one piece? I certainly hope so! Just a few weeks ago, I was out there… out there in the suburbs, off the beaten track, where Modernisme is nowhere to be found, and you can count the tourists on the fingers of one hand (should you spot any, that is). I found it refreshing: just a bunch of stark, utilitarian buildings, no frills whatsoever. At the most, some laundry hanging in the sun to dry as a touch of colour…

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That, and the odd piece of street art, among which a ‘classical’ piece by El Pez and a gorgeous smoking guy (at the top) as well as the radiant heart above. I like it out there… I’ll be going back to explore some more, and of course I will share my findings with you.

Tea temple

25 Mar

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Happy Monday! I recently stumbled on the most beautiful tea shop I have ever come across: Tealosophy, on Carrer Bonavista 3. A veritable tea temple, it exudes a sultry, enchanting atmosphere, one that plays with your senses and mesmerizes you straight away. It reminded me of the delightful temples in Hong Kong, where I lived for four years, and which I loved to visit every now and then, in order to seek some peace and soothe my soul.

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Tealosophy was created by Inés Berton, a renowned “nose” who creates all the exquisite blends herself – and they are mind-blowing, trust me! – both for her shops (in Buenos Aires and Barcelona) as well as for private clients, among whom we can find the Dalai Lama himself! The ingredients are sourced from producers in Asia who, as tea growers must, are in tune with the seasons and have the utmost respect for the earth on which their prized leaves and blossoms grow.

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In the beautiful shop that is Tealosphy, you can find these wonderful blends as well as assorted tea wares (pots, strainers, etc.), tea books, music and beautiful silk sachets filled with herbal blends to soothe your eyes when needed. So if wish to refresh your senses, calm your spirit, or just create a delightful moment, all you need is a few strands of delicious Tealosophy tea and some hot water…

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For those of you who wish to worship at the tea temple, but who are unable to visit either of the Tealosophy shops or boutiques that sell their sensational blends, you can buy them online from the Tealosophy Market. You can find more information on the Tealosophy website and keep up with the latest news on the Tealosophy Facebook page. Enjoy your cuppa! And your week, of course! :)

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