I love photography, as those of you who follow me will have gathered by now. I used to post a photo every Sunday called Silent Sunday, joining up with large number of other bloggers, posting a photo of the week with no words.
Much as I love that concept, I sometimes think a few words bring out the richness of a photo, and an exquisitely fab photographer and blogger, Charly from the blog Podcast, runs a perfect linky called What’s the Story. The photo doesn’t have to be from the past week, so I love this idea, nor do I have to post it on a Sunday (a day i like to be off technology).
As it was Father’s Day yesterday, I thought this photo perfect for my first here’s my first What’s the Story?….
I love this shot for the intimate moment that it captures of a father sharing a special moment with his son, and the bold, simple lines and silhouettes. Its one of those photos that you wish you could say was taken with great technical care and thought. But actually, it was a ‘Quick! That’s a great shot and click’ moment.
It was taken in the most exquisitely quirky, beautiful and brilliant houses I have been in. Casa Batllo, in Barcelona, is the genius work of Spain’s most acclaimed architect and designer, Gaudi. Built in the early 1900s especially for one of the wealthy families of Barcelona, it defies any normal approach to house building and is simultaneously fantastical (it is full of themes relating to the sea, sea creatures and dragons) yet also practical and stylish.
You may think the boy is showing his dad a photo he’d just taken, but actually they’re both looking at a clever visual aid on his smart phone that uses Augmented Reality to show you the symbolism behind various window frames, door handles, fireplaces etc. If you visit the Casa Batllo website, you’ll see a short demonstration of it (and pictures of this extraordinary building).
It was early May when I had the privilege of visiting this gem when my husband and I went on a cheeky long weekend away sans enfants. Because we had no dependants, I actually had our Canon EOS 5D SLR with us – being heavy I normally find the requisite drinks and snacks for 4 is all i can carry and so my trusty iPhone 4S is what I normally use to capture the moment.
I took so many shots of the house, all of them bursting with the vibrant colours that Gaudi so loved (as do I) so this one, being rather a-typically monochrome, seemed more interesting take…..