News From October 2012

Barcelona for the NY Times 5

Earlier this year I went to Barcelona with the New York Times Style Magazine, "T," to shoot photos for a travel story revolving around the fact that Barcelona has historically been a hub of Skateboard, Art, and Graffiti culture. Sadly, the article (and hence my photos) will never run because of staffing changes at the magazine. So I will do a series of posts sharing the photos I took on that trip to Spain this April, 2012.
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Today's selection will be my favorites from the shoot. (Of course the ones they ended up choosing were NOT these ones for the most part.)
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Barcelona over Easter is always great because of the extensive processions that parade through the city towards the main Cathedral.
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At Parall-el I shot some skaters.
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"Imaginary evils soon become real ones by indulging our reflections on them." -John Ruskin
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Javier Sarmiento skates "The Matches" sculpture by artist Claes Oldenburg.
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Messi, so hot right now. Messi.
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Javier does a 360 flip at the yellow banks in Can Peguera. Javier, Alex and the homies were so kind to cruise around town with me and let me photograph them skating.
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"If we had 3 million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.' -Albert Brooks
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I shot loads of photos of this kid both hiding from his friends and watching the graffiti artist Oreck paint. The light was getting dim, and I was bummed that I couldn't get a better depth of field.
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"Star Trek characters never go shopping." -Doug Coupland
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Pali Negrín, front feebs at Barceloneta banks.
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Atop the recently opened for tourism Palau Güell designed by Gaudí. You can see the Torre Agbar in the distance.
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Yeah, they have a sweet beach there in Barcelona.
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A woman sells hand made jams and jellies.
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A giant chandelier inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, or Catedral.
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"It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting." -Albert Camus
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Inside the Palau Güell.
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Yes, I'm shooting you. Palau Güell.
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Inside the cloister of Catedral people walk on the graves of past souls, smoothing the stone releifs with thousands of steps.
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Agata Olek - street artist after finishing her bomb of the Botero Cat.
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Man at La Boqueria Market off La Ramblas.
Posted October 27th, 2012 by Tired since I woke up? Today will be weird.
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Barcelona for the NY Times 4

Earlier this year I went to Barcelona with the New York Times Style Magazine, "T," to shoot photos for a travel story revolving around the fact that Barcelona has historically been a hub of Skateboard, Art, and Graffiti culture. Sadly, the article (and hence my photos) will never run because of staffing changes at the magazine. So I will do a series of posts sharing the photos I took on that trip to Spain this April, 2012.
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From a distance an interesting architectural sun shade for a plaza, from directly under it a face lit from behind by the sun. Barcelona is filled with delightful human constructions, and may are great for skateboarding.
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Barcelona is great for walking around and discovering it's charms.
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I hooked up with Alex Castañeda and Javier Sarmiento and some of their friends who agreed to take me around to some skate spots and let me shoot photos of them skating. This is the insanely good Javier on via Laietana.
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They changed the Big 4 stairs at the back of the famous MACBA skate spot, but neglected to make it un-skatable, in fact they made it easier to skate, changing it to a nice 3 stair gap. And of course there were kids there skating. This kid is trying a varial heelflip.
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Alex Castañeda cruises a feeble at the Barcelonetta spot.
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Alex does a long feeble grind to kickflip out...
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Javier, scorches a tail slide at the Arco (Arc de Triomf) Banks.
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Begoña Cortés back smith at the Arco banks.
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"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain
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Kids skate the newly built steps at MACBA -- or MACBA, depending on the world you are in.
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"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." -Susan Ertz
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"Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him." -Jean Paul
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"I loved 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' It was such a big part of my childhood." -Megan Fox
Posted October 24th, 2012 by Rain, Skate, Walk, See, Do, Don't Do.
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Barcelona for the NY Times 3

Earlier this year I went to Barcelona with the New York Times Style Magazine, "T," to shoot photos for a travel story revolving around the fact that Barcelona has historically been a hub of Skateboard, Art, and Graffiti culture. Sadly, the article (and hence my photos) will never run because of staffing changes at the magazine. So I will do a series of posts sharing the photos I took on that trip to Spain this April, 2012.
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The Torre Agbar is always thrusting into the sky. One-upping London's famous "Gherkin" by being more environmentally efficient.
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The Torre as seen from the Can Framis museum.
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"I call architecture frozen music." -Johann Goethe
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The asphalt mounds at the foot of Torre Agbar are fun to roll around on with skateboards.
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These are the grounds at the foot of the Tower.
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Some people use the mound to sunbathe.
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"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" -John Muir
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Teenagers use the mound for graffiti.
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Posted October 20th, 2012 by Travel any chance you get, expand your world.
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Barcelona for the NY Times 2

Earlier this year I went to Barcelona with the New York Times Style Magazine, "T," to shoot photos for a travel story revolving around the fact that Barcelona has historically been a hub of Skateboard, Art, and Graffiti culture. Sadly, the article (and hence my photos) will never run because of staffing changes at the magazine. So I will do a series of posts sharing the photos I took on that trip to Spain this April, 2012.
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The Botero Cat After the yarn was taken off.
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The kitty finally found a home.
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Kids playing at Paral-lel. (Say Paral-lel to a skater, it means the famous skate spot, to anyone else it's a street or a metro station.)
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Met up with artist RIPO who took me around to some of his murals and the murals of some of his friends.
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This is one of RIPO's murals, on the side of a library.
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This mural is on the same library, it's by "Aryz" another graffiti artist.
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Barcelona municipal conservatory.
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The rain was off and on while I was there.
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One of RIPO's murals had been buffed.
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Saw a surfer walking the streets and asked him for a portrait.
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La Mercé, the patron saint of Barcelona, and an annual festival.
Posted October 18th, 2012 by Your time is the only thing you can't stop spending
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Barcelona for the NY Times

Earlier this year I went to Barcelona with the New York Times Style Magazine, "T," to shoot photos for a travel story revolving around the fact that Barcelona has historically been a hub of Skateboard, Art, and Graffiti culture. Sadly, the article (and hence my photos) will never run because of staffing changes at the magazine. So I will do a series of posts sharing the photos I took on that trip to Spain this April, 2012.
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A kid watches graffiti artist "Oreck" painting the walls at the famous Parallel skate spot. Although these walls are set aside for graffiti artists, police can and do bust kids for painting on them.
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"I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain." -Paul Cezanne
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Graff kid Oreck. That is not his piece behind him. A known local female artist made that.
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Overlooking the Raval district from atop the Barcelo Hotel.
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Artist Agata Oleksiak (aka Olek) "Yarn-Bombs" the Botero Cat sculpture in Barcelona's Raval district.
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These yarn actions only last a few hours before they are taken down.
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Get a photo for your memories.
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One of the Gaudi houses (Casa Batlló) on Passeig de Gracia.
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They love architecture in Spain.
Posted October 15th, 2012 by Barcelona, you are a great city, but you know that.
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Kentucky and Ohio on Emerica Tour

Photographs from the Emerica Tour this June in widwestern USA.
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Andrew Reynolds takes a rest.
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"The mark of a true crush... is that you fall in love first and grope for reasons afterward." -Shana Alexander
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There was a gay pride festival in Ohio, Jerry and I went cruising for some images...
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Lurking hard or hardly lurking?
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"I'm not focused on the gay and lesbian movement." -Billy Graham
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"Women who love women are Lesbians. Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms, define Lesbian as sex between women." -Rita Mae Brown
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"Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." -Helen Keller
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Bryan Herman sizzles.
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"Does this mall have a Starbucks?" -Andrew Reynolds
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"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated." -Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Collin Provost could care less about these things.
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"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." -Pablo Picasso
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Heavy Loitering avec Futbol was de rigueur on this tour.
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The Ohio river was slowly churning past Cincinnati.
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"If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later." -Mark Twain
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"Some women can't say the word lesbian... even when their mouth is full of one." -Kate Clinton
Posted October 5th, 2012 by Fire your butler, vote for Obama.
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