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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hungry Biker at Catalonia Square, Barcelona

Biker at Catalonia Square [enlarge]

This might as well have been a good post about the benefits of vegetarian food but since I am not an unconditional let's just talk about the place and the scene as such. For those who have never been to Barcelona, this guy is chewing carrots in the middle of Placa Catalunya, one of the most frequented spots downtown. This is like, say, the place where the church and the town hall would stand if this was an old village. The place is the landing strip for thousands of pigeons that live in total connivance with the man behind the pigeon food stand. If the little rat-like creatures stay two steps away from you in all of the urban area, here, in the square, in the event that you dare to throw some seeds or whatever similar object at them, they will ominously perch on your hair and shoulders and you will immediately feel like Tippi Hedren in The Birds. What about our subject today? Was he waiting for his girlfriend, was he anxious, was he on a rigorous diet? We will never know. Take a look at how Catalonia Square looks from above in a previous post: Plaza Catalunya As Seen From El Corte Ingles store (click for the larger image. It is a little blurry cause the store window was in the way and it's got this sort of protective coat to filter the sun rays falling on the top floor restaurant)

11 comments:

  1. I love the wet floor and the saturation of this shot!

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  2. This is a very good street candid. He seems so cool and composed, yet very comfortable.

    I like the yellow tone surrounding this chap!

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  3. You've got a fabulous photoblog here, and such brilliant pictures.

    He sure is reflecting, and contemplating. Lovely picture.

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  4. A very striking photo, brilliant colour and composition and full of unanswered questions. Bravo!

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  5. AH !! now I can see the pictures this one I like love the wet refelctions I bet thise pigeons would like that snack given half a chance :)

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  6. Hope you're feeling better now that Monday is almost over! This is a fantastic shot. FNAC, Habitat, El Corte Ingles... big shopping district! Pigeons... I hate pigeons... ;-)

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  7. qué bueno, el único comentario en castellano: me gusta esta foto

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  8. what aa cool image! Barcelona is my next visit :)

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  9. Carlos, this must be an old photo because it hasn't rain the whole week I was there. :-)

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  10. -Ming, the photo is old, yes. But I tell you this, and Rodney too, that on the floor is not water, is just the reflection of the sun on the polished surface of the square. You're right, no rain this week. Well, one day late at night while we were asleep. I am glad you had a wonderful time.
    -Thanks to all and each of the friends that took the time to leave some comments here.

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  11. Hermes (no profile enabled) said this:
    Placa Catalunya is a major subject in itself, it has daily a congregation of humanity. I loved it so much that every night I would walk around it till 2 PM at night. It is indeed the ocean of Ildefons Cerda, where all the roads meet. From here also my favourite road Rambla de Catalunya starts.

    Carlos says: Thanks so much for your beautiful words

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