Barcelona Photoblog: Las Ramblas Devil? Please, Dial 666

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Las Ramblas Devil? Please, Dial 666

Las Ramblas Devil Human Statue  [enlarge]

Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Prince of Darkness or simply the Devil are some of the terms used to refer to the eternal antagonist, the adversary, the slanderer ('devil' derives from Gr. diabolos), the evil doer or as we call it El Diablo, that malevolent entity most religions define one way or the other according to their own traditions and beliefs. One thing is true, there seems to be a general acceptance about the existence of evil, they can place it in hell, in the world beyond, in a parallel dimension, in ectoplasm, in your soul, in someone else's soul, in a goat, a black cat, a snake, etc. Being more materialistic, let's say it is just a glitch in the neural connections of our brains stimulated by a high dose of byproduct content in our genetic code, a lousy childhood perhaps and the fact we chew up too many plastic toys when we are toddlers. Of course we can think the devil is our boss, our mother-in-law, our bank creditor or Marilyn Manson. Judging by the horns of our Las Ramblas creature and obviating the Orc shoulder protection from the Lord of the Rings, we could say this is a practical example of downtown demon manifestation. So beware who's next in line when you use a public phone in Barcelona!


  1. Scary! I'm glad to always carry a Blackberry with me!

  2. Really wonderful photograph Carlos.

  3. I have lived in Barcelona for a year, and when I did, I didn't see this.

    Thank Goodness, because that would have made me shit my pants.

  4. This guy is really scary! Great picture, especially in black and white.

  5. Anonymous1:35 AM

    Guess that the words one speaks on that phone are slightly influenced.

  6. He does look like a scary fellow!

  7. ooooh this statue gives me the creeps!! and since its black and white, it adds to the drama

  8. -Thanks Leif, Black berry, you see, the dark power is everywhere :)
    -Gracias Luis
    -LOL yes that's pretty much the idea
    -I liked the light but the color pic was really noisy and not sharp at all so I had to think of some way to rescue it. Thanks.
    -Yeah I figure there's a lot of interference down the line and a smell of sulfur ;)
    -It was kind of spooky with the lights in the back. I have another with wings spread but blurred :(
    -Thanks Lianne!


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