Barcelona Photoblog: Under The Arc de Triomf


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Under The Arc de Triomf

Under The Arc de Triomf [enlarge]

Sometimes we cross through gates unknowingly because the door is totally irrelevant but going under the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomf in Catalan) is an odd experience. It is silly to feel a certain thrill just by walking under a bunch of bricks but there must be some kind of inner chip that senses history when approaching a monument, that makes us pretend we are a Roman soldier entering the city while fellow citizens wear laurel wreaths on their heads and make the victory sign with their fingers. Well, you know what I mean, you don't remain indifferent while approaching a majestic building like this and you get carried away. In the early morning sun silhouettes of passers-by are drawn mysteriously into another dimension, into the gates of history.


  1. Carlos it is a beautiful shot. I like the BW.

  2. Anonymous2:10 AM

    Assume that it is the 'triumph' of life and its possibilities, which makes it worth while to take every step - thank you for that picture, as it did help.
    Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

  3. I didn't know there was an Arch de Triomphe in Barcelona. Very massive and impressive. The people give one a sense of the scale. Excellent composition.

  4. Stunning post, Carlos! I have goosebumps because you brought the history so near. This shot is marvelous in all of its muted tones and silhouettes against the dazzling sky.

  5. Superb capture carlos! That structure is really huge and since you've included the people also, we can get an idea how gigantic that structure actually is...

  6. Beautiful Photo...It is moving to approach monuments like this, I agree.

    Have a great day :)

  7. Such a beautiful image, Carlos. You have really captured the grandeur of the arch with those tiny people. Just adore it!

  8. Anonymous12:12 PM

    Have never seen a triumphal arch made of brick!
    Amazing photo capture of an amazing piece of architecture.

  9. I find arches have the same effect on me, it's either the grandness or what they symbolise or the knowledge of why they were put there in the first place - or a combination of all three.

    Great photo of the Arc de Triomf, very atmospheric.

  10. Impressive picture, Carlos, and impressive text. The whole of it is definitely poetry. I too like arches... they're like a gateway into another state of consciousness. Keep up the great work!

  11. Brilliant image! One actually never realizes the full impact of "walking under a bunch of bricks" until viewed as you have portrayed it.
    Great shot!


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