Ianqui's 365 Project

Monday, April 30, 2007

120/365: Controversial Design

Controversial Design

According to Lonely Planet, when the new British Library building opened, people hated the design. I thought it was OK. Mostly I thought it was really cool that you could go inside and see the Magna Carta.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

119/365: Not exactly a native species

Not exactly a native species

This peacock was just randomly wandering around the grounds at Kew Gardens. Not native to the region, but it appears to be doing well.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

118/364: A message ferrrr tha people

A message ferrrr tha people

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Friday, April 27, 2007

117/365: Jeefason


You also read his name as "Jeefason", right?

Working on getting this shot was fun. Carousels are a good place to try this technique, since you can anticipate their motion.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

116/365: Water water everywhere

Water water everywhere

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

115/365: The barren trees of Hospital Clinic

The barren trees of Hospital Clinic

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

114/365: It's fine if you don't like me but at least get my name right

It's fine if you don't like me but at least spell my name right

Monday, April 23, 2007

113/365: St. Jordi is for everyone

St. Jordi is for everyone

April 23 is the Diada de Sant Jordi, which is kind of like the Catalan Valentine's Day. Traditionally, men give women roses, and women give men books. Fortunately, it's become customary for people to exchange books all around. I gave House 2 cookbooks today and he gave me both a rose and a book of short stories.

All around the major streets of the city bookstores set up stalls, and different groups set up flower stands. This stand was sponsored by a Barcelona gay rights organization. As you can see, their roses were not limited to the standard traditional red.

More pics from today are at Flickr. I've always loved how the buses carry little Catalan and Barcelona flags on St. Jordi.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

112/365: The dismount

The dismount

Today at Oxfam's Festa de la Solidaritat (a celebration of women's rights), a group of castellers were performing. Actually, these guys didn't call themselves castellers, but I don't remember their name and it doesn't seem to be on the Oxfam website. In any case, they were fun to watch. More pictures, including a couple of shots of actual formations, are at Flickr.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

111/365: Will juggle for food

Will juggle for food

I didn't really get this act. These guys would run out into the middle of the street when the light turned red and do this juggling routine. Then, as soon as the light turned green, they'd walk between the moving cars soliciting money. It seemed stupid to me—even if people wanted to give them money, who wanted to get out their wallet, find a euro and give it to them all while the cars behind them were honking in annoyance?

Friday, April 20, 2007

110/365: Sicko


This one was the other possibility for today, but I just really love this sweatshirt. Besides, fun with black and white.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

109/365: An invitation to sit

An invitation to sit

Parc Cervantes is right across the road from the hospital I'm working at. This morning I brought my camera to check it out. It turns out it's a small botanical garden that's known for cultivating roses. Maybe some afternoon I'll plan to take my laptop and work outside on this bench.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

108/365: Some people still live here

Some people still live here

This enclave, Colonia Castells, is smack in the middle of a firmly middle-class neighborhood. You can get a better sense of that in this photo. Over the next 10 years, the city of Barcelona is going to tear down Colonia Castells. According to a document that my apartment-mate brought home, this neighborhood was built in the 20s to provide low-cost housing to workers. Now, many of the homes are abandoned, but some people still live there, and the city is going to provide those people with new housing.

Barcelona changed dramatically for the 1992 Olympics, and I am surprised to see how much it has continued to change over the past 10 years. Some of the changes are quite nice, providing more open space and pedestrian areas, but others reflect the homogenization that modernity often brings.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

107/365: Not as bad as it looks

Not as bad as it looks

I was occupied by taking this picture, but as far as I know, he didn't totally wipe out at the end of this.

More photos from today at Flickr, including a new space invader and this one from the Metro that I like a lot.

Monday, April 16, 2007

106/365: Watchdog


I ran outside with my camera for 5 minutes to just get whatever I happened to see. Nothing spectacular, but who doesn't love a puppy? And you also get to see the famous sidewalk tiles of the Eixample of Barcelona.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

105/365: Candy Colors

Candy Colors

Saturday, April 14, 2007

104/365: The headbutt

The headbutt

Today I took a walk down to the Parc de l'Espanya Industrial. The name is odd, and I think this park is wholly underappreciated, but I've always liked it. The statue is of the dragon that Saint George slays, although it's called "The Dragon Without St. George".

Unfortunatley, this photo is obviously the money shot, but I can't stand how blurry it is. A few other photos of this park are here.

Friday, April 13, 2007

103/365: Off to Dinner

Off to Dinner

Thursday, April 12, 2007

102/365: El metro fantasma

El Metro Fantasma

I don't usually do photos like this, but something about this one kept making me look back at it. It's a little creepy, and the woman's bag looks like a spider. Also, sometimes I'm fascinated by the images that a camera can record, and this is one of those things.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

101/365: Hospital de Sant Pau

Hospital de Sant Pau

I'm not sure I love the angle here, but I did really like how this door opened into the hallway. The problem was that the staircase leading up to the door was blocked off, so I could only get the photo from this sort of odd angle.

The Hospital de Sant Pau, a landmark of Catalan modernism, is an actual functioning hospital today.

A couple more photos from the area around the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

100/365: Kiddie Car

Kiddie Car

Not very spectacular for the 100th photo, but what can you do? I still have the headache that I came home with today and for once in my life, photos were close to the last thing on my mind. In any case, at least it's something kind of quirky.

Monday, April 09, 2007

99/365: The Human Swell

The Human Swell

I had a chance to walk around the center of the city today. Since it's Easter Monday, both tourists and residents alike were taking the opportunity to go for a stroll. There has been an extreme uptick in tourism to Barcelona over the past decade, which seemed entirely obvious to me today. For example, I don't remember lines like this, even during the busiest vacation times, when I lived here ten years ago. I was glad I've already been inside.

A few more pictures from my morning stroll are here.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

98/365: Foixa


In any case, here's a cute medieval town called Foixa. We passed through on our way to lunch at Can Llusca, which is an old farm house that my friend's parents own (actually, the half that's pictured is owned by another family, but you get the idea.)

Tomorrow is Easter Monday, and everyone is still on vacation (including me, although I'm back in the city now), so I hope to take some more typical tourist pictures to show off the city.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

97/365: L'arros de Pals

Rice Fields of Pals

Saturday was something of a mess. I had every intention of taking pictures of cute medieval towns, but by accident my friend locked us—and my camera—out of the apartment. I took some pictures with his point and shoot, but I don't know when I'll have a chance to get them, so I'll just use this one instead. This was taken after we got back from lunch, and after I could get a hold of my camera. The town where my friends' have a weekend house is famous for its rice fields. The mountains in the back are said to look like a woman. Her foot extends into the Mediterranean, which doesn't appear in this photo.

Friday, April 06, 2007

96/365: Sa Tuna

Sa Tuna

It's Semana Santa, and everyone left the city for the weekend. After a little siesta on Friday, we took a walk through Sa Tuna, a small town on the Mediterranean.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

95/365: Grand Avenues

Grand Avenues

Europe is famous for its grand avenues, and this is probably the grandest in AEC. It's also one of those streets that the Liveable Streets people dream of in New York City, since it has a dedicated bike lane, bus rapid transit, and a street tram (not pictured, but it runs on a track that's on the right of this photo). Since it's Easter week and it's raining today, no bikers are out, but I saw plenty of them yesterday. Also, the bus line that happens to be running up the avenue in this picture is the one I'll be taking to my new office.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

94/365: The new view

The new view

The window in my new bedroom overlooks this school. It's pretty, but on each side of the courtyard is a soccer field which may keep me from sleeping past 9 on the weekends! (Maybe that's a good thing.)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

93/365: Fashion Forward

Fashion forward

I just don't think I'm going to see this kind of stuff in AEC. I doubt they'd think to match their yellow hat with yellow tights.

Monday, April 02, 2007

92/365: Now I'm packing, OK?

Now I'm packing, OK?

For about 2 weeks now, people have been asking me whether or not I'm packed for AEC. Seriously. I get that I'm going for 2 months, but who packs earlier than the day before? I had started putting some stuff in a pile, but packed? No, I didn't start that until today, and I'm leaving tomorrow.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

91/365: The model

The model

We had a fun time watching this fashion shoot going on while we were eating brunch. Then we had a fun time watching these guys who walked by and whipped out their cameras to take their own photos of the scene.

March Retrospective

I was sort of surprised when I made this retrospective. I thought there would be more portrait close-ups than there are. Of course, there are some, but it's more varied than I expected. Street art, food, silly city moments like the Barbie dolls or the balloon man. I'd really like to work on wide-angle scenes more, since I like looking at other people's, but I feel like I don't have a very good eye for them. Maybe that will be a goal for AEC (which most of you will recognize from the pictures once I get there if you don't already know where it is!)