Thursday, November 20

Man and Dog on Alley, Barri Gotic, Barcelona

Man and Dog on Alley, Barri Gotic, Barcelona [enlarge]

What's in an alley? They are just spaces surrounded by walls. I mean, if the buildings were not that close they would be plain ordinary streets. There's something in the atmosphere of an alley that is determined by its narrowness, an almost tangible sensation triggered by all kinds of stimuli. There's the bad smell of sewers, of damp walls, of mossy surfaces, the good smell of food or clean laundry coming from very close balconies. Your eyes are bombarded with rounds of large wooden doors and whimsical knockers, exuberant plants entangled in forest-like canopies, old lamps with elaborate ironwork, dark impossible staircases, eclectic windows with cat add-on included. And there's the sound, the sound of too friendly neighbors, their laughter, their cries, their TVs and door bells. The sound of the guys delivering butane gas shouting and clacking on the orange flask, the scissor and knife sharpener blowing his peculiar flute to make people come down. The noise of kids playing in the street like in the good old days. Such is the atmosphere of an alley, any Barcelona alley, like the one where this man is walking his dog.

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Anonymous Ulla said...

Oh yes....I can hear it - I can smell it - I can see it with my inner eye.
Dear Carlos, thank you so much for describing the special atmosphere in this district of Barcelona.
One day.......I will see it "live"

Kind regards

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

A captivating angle. This is the image of Barcelona.
Me imagino la misma calle por la noche, con luces pálidas y aburridas por no ver el mundo más alla.

7:00 PM  
Blogger travelphotos said...

great photo and excellent description !
All the best,

7:36 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

this is what i remember of Barcelona... thanks!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Di Mackey said...

Beautiful powerful capture. I LOVE this shot.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous yz said...

Great capture, I like the processing as well.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Thanks my friends. I've been busy but I'll make it up to u :)

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Ivar said...

Splendid image of a Barcelona street along with a nice read of them. Thanks for sharing. :)

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is one of the best photographs you have ever taken. I absolutely love it.

Yours is my favourite site on the Internet and I love my daily dose of Barcelona.

Thanks for all of your hard work and especially for taking the time to add the wonderful commmentaries which are very thought provoking.


8:36 AM  
Blogger The Smiling Dog said...

How evocative, and very well said. You sir are a wordsmith.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Thanks Ivars, gentle Anonymous and Smiling Dog. By the way, thanks for that compliment Sir.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous pippone said...

ok, you already know it, but that perfect photo has to be commented: real impressive capture, the colours and the contrast fit perfect. BTW you have a fantastic site about barcelona.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

This takes my breath away! I am convinced that you MUST make a book of your photos and wonderful descriptions. Please!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Gorgeous photo, I could see this framed and hanging on a wall somewhere!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Fine lighting for this beautiful scenery!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous m a r t a said...

Que bonita, Barcelona 100% y el tratamiento me encanta. Muy buena foto.

9:22 AM  
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8:26 PM  
Anonymous Dario said...

This picture is awesome. I was wondering if i can use for one of my poster that i am creating also if you have a bigger resolution. all non profit here can show you some of my work at
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10:59 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Hi Dario. You can use the picture for personal non-commercial purposes and the biggest resolution is at Facebook clicking on the blog image. Unfortunately although I have the tiff in bigger resolution I don't share it cause I reserve that for commercial purposes. I think I share enough with Flickr to make reasonable prints or wallpapers. I allowed your comment pointing to your design website cause I thought it was cool. Thanks for visiting!

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Mike the CS Guy said...

Hey this picture is awesome! i am wondering if i could use it in a project of mine at school, i basically just need a picture of an alleyway and yours came up on google. Im going to be photoshopping it and flooding the entire alleyway with a waterfall haha. Do you mind if i use your picture?

3:34 AM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Let's see Mike, first of all thanks for the comment. Non Commercial, Share Alike and Credit means, if you use it, please credit the author, you can share it, use it personally, as long as there is no money implied, that includes, printing for example. If whatever you are going to create is a school job, and your school wants to publish your picture in a book and that publication implies earning money then definitely NO. If your homework is going to be in the archives or gets dumped somewhere in three years time, technically it is possible. I don't like people editing my pictures but as long as it is personal and you don't claim it is yours later on. If would be great you mention my web in class perhaps. Should you meet these conditions, I grant permission :)

6:38 PM  

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