Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange with a twist of confidence

Orange with a twist of confidence

La Rambla de Catalunya is a rambling street full of tourists, locals and the rest.

I try to find persons of interest to me that exude a unique style in dress, and behavior, just to name a few attributes.

But what I'm finding is that just about everyone is strange and that strange is the new normal ... and that is boring to me.

And, that the old normal is now the new strange ... and that I like.

For example, I see many women with redefined noses, breasts, and perfect WHITE teeth ... and that's okay by me ... but boring.

I seem to gravitate to the person who speaks with a whimsical lisp, crooked teeth, hair mussed, wears glasses, dresses casually and just down right earthy.

I feel the person in the photo is one of those people and I choose her!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Polka Dot Shoes

Okay ... I'm going to make a big BIG admission.

This photo was photoshopped. Yes. Truly.

Polka Dot Shoes

It was taken outdoors. She jumped, I shot it.

I then extracted the image from the background and used a gradient, lens flare and lighting effects.

I'm learning to feather better but overall I'm pleased.

Once in awhile my inner child surfaces and I get a burst of creativity.

Believe me, if I can do it, YOU can too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Not a selfie!

Not a selfie! (see description)

Parts of me wishes this photo had ME in it ... but my time has come and gone.

So many things I would have done in my youth and probably dressing like them would not have been on my top ten list ... I was and still am (in my advanced years) having fun without the fuss.

Actually, I am rarely a window dresser photographer ... but the mannequins, the way they were dressed and posed reminded me of my one of my top ten photographers .... Joan Colom and the subjects he photographed.

Google Joan Colom and see if you agree with me ... one of the best "shoot from the hip photographers" there ever was ... in my opinion.

Still, as I sit here and write, I wouldn't have minded then and briefly, for a very short moment, to be one of them.

Oh my, do I dare ... but if Joan Colom ever reads this post, I would be honored to meet you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In another world, this photo might be considered funny!

In another world, this photo might be considered funny!

Nothing like a good yoga workout to make waves and and unwanted curves on your body. Don't you think?

Actually, the distortion is real. I thought it rather odd that the gym chose to advertise this way.

Seems better to have invested on a GREAT mirror that gives you a slimmer appearance.

After all, yoga is supposed to make you feel and look better, not odd.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Meet me at the apple store!!

Meet me at the apple store!!

I took this photo from the top of the Cortes Ingles (department store) restaurant.

There's a reflection of a young woman to the right of the photo ... whom I don't know, because, ah ... you guessed it, there's a window between me and the city.

And, for your information, I and height don't mix, so, I'm very proud of this picture.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A man and his shoe

A man and his shoe

His concentration so great, and so TOTALLY absorbed with his shoe, that the man doesn't notice me or anyone around him.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wink, wink, not Nod!

Wink, wink, not Nod!

Who says coffee is a stimulant?

Not this guy.

I had seen this fella 3 weekends in a row, in the position you seen him now and I never saw his face.

Nine months later since this photo was taken, and he's still an enigma.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thinking, scouting, working

Thinking, scouting, working

She's been in Barcelona for almost a decade, that I'm aware.

She walks with a stoop, has worn similar clothing in the 10+ years and exuded an aura of mystery.

I like this photo a whole lot.

The picture above is the first photo I took of her.

This day, the sun light was at its best.

She was walking and pacing in that way when one is "asking" for money from the tourists.

I looked around the Cathedral to observe any persons of interest, (meaning YOU!).

I turned and I saw her sitting with the light enveloping her.

I clicked, wouldn't you?

May be the last photo I take of her but I've learned never to say never.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

His name is Hussein

His name is Hussein

For the past 2 years, I've seen this street vendor showing his goods.

We greet one another ... he with his big wide grin and me, a wave of my hand.

His name is Hussein.

If you see him, maybe you'd like to take home a memory of Barcelona that he's crafted with his own hands?

And, see if you get that big wide grin.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Man Killer

Man Killer

She's part of a group of ladies who prey on special days in various parts of Barcelona wearing vintage clothing.

She looks sophisticated, proper and terribly hot as I sit typing in a room where the thermometer reads 90 degrees.

Thursday, September 08, 2016



The little girl kept moving slowly and then, closer and closer .... she stopped.

She swayed to the music and she swayed me.

To her, the band was perfect.

And, they played on.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Rolling a smoke!

Rolling a smoke

A man, at El Portal de l'Angel, happily anticipating release from anxiety, stress and life, and he's a  step closer to the angels.

Disclaimer: The photo is not promoting anyone to smoke.