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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Begging in Downtown Barcelona

Begging in Downtown Barcelona
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Not all is comfort and hedonism in Barcelona, there is also a dark, submerged world that pops out here and there gaining momentum with globalization and precarity. On my way from Las Ramblas to Plaça Catalunya I came across this beggar. It called my attention that she (maybe he) was wearing a hood and an empty sleeve was showing where the arm was supposed to be. On a second glance you could guess the shape of an arm folded under the jacket. I can't swear it was a fake cause I had my doubts but I couldn't help thinking on the growing number of professional beggars spreading in downtown Barcelona and the fierce competition they suppose to the real needed people.
Read here about warnings given by tourists about dangers in Barcelona. There is a letter that clearly illustrates typical professional beggar tricks.

8 comments:

  1. cuando vi la foto en el portal pensaba que era un nazareno o algo parecido... ya veo que no.
    La verdad es que es un tema complicado ese eh? Aquí en Madrid también abundan como puedes imaginar.
    y como dicen en inglés.. a very dramatic shot, Y es verdad eh?
    Un saludo.

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  2. Your photographs are always touching and amazing to me. Your subject matter is so varied too.

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  3. Life can sometimes be very harsh and cruel.

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  4. Vaya, veo que me has estado dando un repaso... eso está bien ;)
    y Hotel Mora... ya lo tengo situado, en pleno paseo del Prado, no está nada mal eh? Luego dicen cosas de los catalanes sin ningún fundamento... jejeje
    Pues yo estoy a un tris de ir a Barcelona unos días, a ver si puedo en Semana Santa o algún fin de semana que logre escapar de Madrid.. ya te iré diciendo.

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  5. What a dramatic photo!

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  6. Interesting info in the "warnings' link. did the individual know you were photographing?

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  7. thought provoking, great shot

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  8. Very very striking photo on a touchy subject. Great work, Carlos!

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