Barcelona Photoblog: One Handed Handstand, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona

Sunday, March 20, 2011

One Handed Handstand, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona

One Handed Handstand, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona [enlarge]

Gymnastics is that stuff that always made you feel envious back at school when you saw the guy next to you showing off in front of that girl you had a crush on, easily making a handstand and walking on both hands, doing pull ups with just one arm, the flag, the L-sit, you name it. Still after so many years, this perfect one handed handstand captured today at Parc de la Ciutadella gets on my nerves and reminds me of that insane anxiety for successful mating. Now I know that there are people for everything, some for the muscle and some for the mind. And here I was lost in my thoughts, reminiscing, indulging in my past, bringing back memories...trying to stabilize the camera on my belly, watching the girls across the park drooling and sighing for the wonderful gymnast. By the way, happy Spring for those on the northern hemisphere!


  1. Breathtaking. I couldn't do this when I was 20 on two hands. I photographed some young men today in our city center, walking on the top of a steel sculpture about 5 cm across and 3 meters off the ground. More testosterone than sense.

  2. Incredible how these acrobats 'instinctively' understand the laws of physics: this is equilibrium…

  3. Thanks for commenting, Bob. Yes, I guess is a matter of testosterone levels and age. Being 47 I ran out of fuel to show off anymore :)

    Yes, he was slowly balancing towards one side in order to be able to lift the left hand. It was a matter of patience, balance and self control.


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