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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Blackcelona: Not so much noir as charcoal

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Blackcelona is a book of photographs of Barcelona by Salvi Danes. It's got a black cover and the pictures are kind of dark, mostly in black and white, with a slightly underexposed edge to them. It's dark. Hence Blackcelona.

There are portraits,  archive pictures,  interiors, and night time pictures all adding up to a feeling of a city that is slightly out of time.

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It's not so much noir as charcoal, but despite this there is some colour in the portraits and odd pictures that don't fit - the innards of a beast that look like an offcut from the cover of Grand Circle Diego.

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Hairdos, watches and cinema seats all put in an appearance, the cinema seats hinting at some pornographic underworld from a distant past lying somewhere beneath the surface. A bit of bondage adds to the sense of sexual mystery.

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Roundabouts, bird wings and a sense of some deep Catalan past click in. I'm not sure what it all means, or even if it means anything, but again, it's a book that is not trying to be obvious. You have to read the pictures and work it out for yourself.

And that's always a rewarding process.

Buy the book here. 

2 comments:

kirby said...

Salvi Danes had the most striking, interesting and original exhibition of what I saw in PHotoEspaƱa this year. On the back of that I am definitely interested in seeing this book.

colin pantall said...

Printed on newsprint and laid out on the floor - I'll bring in the book(s) next Wednesday for you to look at. Lovely that it strikes such a chord.