Facade of Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi, one of the inventors of famous Catalan Modernism architecture, was born to be different. With blond hair and blue eye already stuck out from the regular crowd.

Illuminated Casa Batllo Facade, designed by Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
November 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 32mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 3.2 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.

He suffered from Rheumatoid arthritis making him always the last to be picked in kid’s games. He often rode around town on a donkey. To wear in his new shoes which were uncomfortable to his sensitive feet, he’d have his old brother wear them.

When you see his architecture, you see his differences went far beyond skin deep. He realized it. Once he had a customer complain his architecture did not offer lean to wall to fit a piano. Gaudi replied, “I suppose you can play cello then.”

Upon visiting Barcelona I could not wait to capture the Gaudi architecture. After all, Barcelona means Gaudi and Gaudi means Barcelona.

On my second evening in Barcelona I travelled to do an evening shoot at Casa Mila. To my surprise the facade was covered with the house under innovation.

I’m not one to give up that easy, so I raced over to Casa Batllo which fortunately is not far away from Casa Mila. The best light already gone and road repairs impairing my view, I decided to take details rather than capture the wider composition.

The result you is see is a main window with bones as columns, a spiraling ceiling and intricate circular stained glass. There are so many details to capture in Gaudi architecture, but I found this to be my favorite of the shots.

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