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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: one of the (many) things I find so appealing about Barcelona is its duality, the way it embodies old and new and (seemingly) seamlessly embraces ‘ugliness’ and ‘beauty’ (I realise these things are entirely subjective!). There’s an urban grittiness & an ancient, peeling, forgotten quality to many of the building facades and narrow side-streets. But there’s also a pervasive spirit of invention, imagination & an irrepressible beauty to be found at every turn. (I expect all cities possess this duality to some degree, but none with quite the same finesse as Barcelona! :)

I’m just re-surfacing after a week and a half of pressing deadlines… made more pressing by having spent the previous week taking it easy in sunny Spain! Quality time spent with friends in Zaragoza and enjoying waves of great music together at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, it was a week filled with…

Garlicky-shroomy-pintxos-goodness

and barflies.

Technicoloured…

graffiti.

Solar power

and shade gratefully received.

The world’s smallest dog?…

… and the smiliest dog?

Good music…

…good for the soul (pictured: Lichens & Low, 27 May on the ATP stage).

Mass protest for social change…

… ‘Yes, We Camp’ (well, not us… but a LOT of committed Spaniards).

Exploring new places

and being treated to beautiful, aurora-like sunsets.

Mediterranean blues

and a thousand other colours.

In the words of Phosphorescent‘s Matthew Houck (who got our gig-going on the 4th day of the festival off to a great start, evening sun shining, cold beers in hand): “here’s to taking it easy”.

More Spain pics to follow soon… the light!, the colour!, the textures!, the street art! :)

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona street art

These slightly scary women, most of them wielding sharp pointy things, appeared on many a street corner in Barcelona. I don’t know exactly what it is that I find so appealing about them but I like them a great deal! Perhaps it’s that they appear to be on an important mission (although what that mission is… I’m not sure?).

Barcelona street art

Barcelona street art

[Edit: by kid acne, thanks to wazzuki for the heads-up]

 

Other Barcelona street art encountered and enjoyed…

Barcelona street art - doilies

doilies, not just for high-tea

 

Barcelona street art

knotted and woven

 

Barcelona street art

tourist

 

Barcelona street art

l. pez… still smiling  |  r. kenor?

 

More Barcelona street art

cat heart graf

Back in Barcelona this past weekend for the Primavera Sound music festival, and once again finding so many things to love about it!

I ♥ you Barca…

mosaics

… for your marvellous mosaics

cccb and macba buildings

… for your architectural abstraction [l. CCCB building, r. MACBA building],

parc guell

and fantasy! [l&r. Parc Guell, designed by Antoni Gaudi]

creatures

… for your crazy creatures [l. The Cat, by Fernando Botero, r. doll in shop window (I would’ve liked to have found out more about the doll’s maker but the shop was unfortunately closed. The label read “Las Chatikas de Lusesita”)],

primavera sound '09

… for your kick-ass music festival next to the sea, and l-o-n-g balmy summer evenings in which to enjoy it,

wallpaper

… for your outrageous wall-coverings,

lampshades

… for your beautiful and quirky light-fittings,

stained glass, casa amatller

… for your magnificent stained glass [l&r. Casa Amatller],

barcelona sunrise, 06h20 tuesday 2 june 2009

… and for the way you look so darn purdy at sunrise.

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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