Burtonesque Barcelona

A wee jaunt to Barcelona last week right before Catalonia decides it’s going to declare independence from Spain. There’s a fairly heavy police presence around one of the squares but mainly it’s just tourists and locals going about their daily business. First stop is the Sagrada Familia. They started building it in 1882 with Gaudi taking over as chief architect the following year and dedicating … Continue reading Burtonesque Barcelona

Stumble Bumble

If I’d known then what I know now I’d have gotten all the bees in the image. This is a plaque on the bottom of the Ferdinando I statue in the piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence. The circle of bees facing the queen represent the industrious Florentines ruled by the grand duke. Apparently local legend says it’s impossible to count the bees using only your eyes, … Continue reading Stumble Bumble

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Back to Florence for a wee walk around the Viola’s stadium you can see the name above, three photos stitched together. When it was first opened it was named after a Florentine fascist Giovanni Berta although it was also nicknamed “Comunale” Opened in 1931 construction was completed in 1932 the architect Pier Luigi Nervi was also the man behind the Paul VI Audience Hall at … Continue reading Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Just kicking down the cobblestones…

Piazza del Duomo A few weeks back I had been reading up on some photographers and ended up going through loads of photographs taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin. In one interview I read that he said something along the lines of shoot everything with a wide angle, so I decided to take only one lens. An old rabbit eared 28mm slapped on the Nikon, at … Continue reading Just kicking down the cobblestones…