Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles

The Passion façade

Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, Spain is a wonder of Modernisme architecture.  Although I think of Gaudí’s style as being very rounded and natural, he also uses angles incredibly well.  In the Passion façade, he uses stark angles to show the harsh bleakness of Christ’s passion and death.

In the interior, he uses organic angles on the tree-like pillars to give a sense of opening above.  And outside, he includes many peaks that point heavenward.

You can find more angles at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #51: Unique

Barcelona is home to a lot of stunning architecture, much of which is of a style not really found outside of the region.

 

One great example of its unique character is the Block of Discord on Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district.  This block has facades by four of the great Moderisme architects…yet each is perfectly unique.

Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch

It’s really hard to pick a favorite, though Casa Batlló is probably the most ostentatious and also the most famous.

 

You can find more unique things at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees

Gaudí’s designs for the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, Spain incorporate themes of nature in many ways.  The columns look like trees, so that it feels like you are standing in a forest while in the church’s nave.  (They also remind me of celery stalks a bit.)  It gives you the same feeling of peace as if you were really surrounded by trees, with the light filtering down to the forest floor.

For more about the architectural details of these columns, check out the church’s blog.

You can find more trees at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #34: Close-Up

My cameras and phones have never been really good enough to get good macro shots, so here are some close-ups of architecture: Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain; the capital of a Corinthian-style column in Venice; a bench wall by the sea in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

And just for fun, I was playing with my phone today, so here is a close-up of my cat Juhani.

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You can find more close ups at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #29: Cityscapes

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The Torre Glòries (formerly Torre Agbar) in Barcelona, Spain is an office building in the Poblenou neighborhood where we stayed.  It looks even cooler at night thanks to exterior LEDs.

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We came into Venice, Italy on a cruise ship, which gave us amazing views down into the city of all the beautiful buildings and canals.

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Bellver Castle sits on its hilltop above the city of Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  The circular castle was built in the 14th century and is easily seen from the city’s bay.

You can find more cityscapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.