An attempt to help an ailing building by acupuncture? Black magic? Voodoo? An installation? The building seemed to be in pretty good nick; if it was acupuncture it apparently worked. Perhaps it is white magic?


But then, the building is found in Barcelona, and therefore I recon it’s an art project. Isn’t it a bit of a twist to it though? And isn’t it a bit of an odd ball thing to do to a facade?

The image is ridgy-didge black and white, tri-x you know, no layers, no masks, no conversions, no filters, no nothing.

Art on the roof?

Chimneys – works of art?

Work of art-2

Let Gaudi loose and you could get chimneys like this. Or at least you could have gotten chimneys like this a century ago if you had the money to commission him to design your building and if you lived in Barcelona. The whole building – Casa Batlló, is a work of art.

The colours are no mistake or result of post processing. I went all analogue during a weekend in Barcelona and had loaded the camera with Revolog film when we went to Casa Batlló. I rather liked the result – it sort of went well with the subject.

More Gaudi:

Work of art-1

This is under the roof though – captured inside Sagrada Familia with my home made pinhole camera laying flat on the floor for about a minute or so.


Break in Barcelona

We had an extended week-end break in Barcelona last week.  The city is full of wonderful buildings from Roman times and onwards. What caught my eyes in particular was the works by avant-garde architects from 100 years ago (Gaudi, Domenech etc). Much of what they did would most likely be considered as daring avant-garde today too. These buildings are, of course, one of the attractions that bring over 7 million tourists to Barcelona annually. The Sunday was worldwide pinhole day for 2014, so I brought my home made pinhole camera along:

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

The construction of the cathedral of Sagrada familia started over 100 years ago and is still on-going. A true masterpiece by Gaudi. One of the tourist traps that isn’t a trap and that truly leaves you speechless of admiration.

Hospital de Sant Pau

Hospital de Sant Pau

No, a hospital does not need to be an austere box. Hey – any architects out there? A building can be both beautiful and functional.

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

To the left there’s a piece of the Roman city wall. I love the feeling of history in cities like this. An extended week-end in Barcelona is just too short, I must return.

All images shot using my home made pinhole camera using Shanghai GP3 film.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

What is the perspective of this guy? Stern look, hand up, motioning me not to take a photo?

Perspectives 1


Not really, he just wanted to rope his friend in before I took a photo.

Perspectives 2

A third perspective was that he wanted to promote the restaurant at which he was working. Nice guy, but I’d never have a chicken caesar salad there again…

Weekly photo challenge: perspective


Escape to Gran Canaria


Paseo de Las Canteras

A short escape from winter to Gran Canaria, a very popular destination for (older) Europeans this time of year. I had the luck to time my stay with the coldest winter storm for a generation; there was snow high up in the mountains. And no snow in Stockholm, 6 hours by air to the north. Something strange is going on. By sea level it was pretty nice – in the right place. In Las Palmas the cool wind was enough to sweep one off one’s feet. An hour away by bus it was nice and sunny. Strange. It seemed to be more congenial to stroll along the seaside in Playa del Inglés than in the big smoke of Las Palmas