I have wanted to visit Barcelona since first seeing the work of Antoni Gaudí in art history books when I was a student. Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Güell, the Sagrada Família—I had seen enough photographs of these places to build considerable curiosity and establish a strong desire to experience them firsthand.
Barcelona, with its diverse population, intense individualism, tortured history, and remarkable appreciation for the aesthetic potential of everyday life seems the perfect, perhaps only, place for Antoni Gaudí to have accomplished all that he did.
These photographs were made during a regrettably short, one-week visit to Barcelona in March of 2007. The categories below are primarily to help me arrange them into smaller, more manageable groups, but there is considerable overlap from one category to the next and the photographs actually work best as a single large montage—like the broken bits of ceramic tile in a Gaudí mosaic.
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