It is no secret that I am absolutely in love with my home city, Barcelona. Working in Asia leaves me less time than I’d like to go back home and wander in the streets of my city. When I travel back there, I have thousands of things to do and lots friends to meet, so I end up with little or no time to walk around with my camera.
I took my old Yashica Minister D with me during my last trip, and surprisingly I managed to spend some hours by myself to wander around the streets of Ciutat Vella, specially on the narrow alleys of Raval area, the best place to get lost in the city.
Ciutat Vella is now one of the most exciting districts in the city, and it is also one of the most multi cultural areas, not only because of the huge number of tourists walking around in the nearby Ramblas, but also because many migrants from all over the world have settled in this area of the city. It is very common to find little local shops neighboring with stores open by Pakistan or Chinese owners, selling imported foods or goods, like the Chinese store in this picture.
This fact gives Raval a very unique flavor. This district was very dangerous before the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, only 25 years ago. Now hosts many art museums, restaurants and clubs, and is one of the trendiest areas in the city. Spending time in the district has earned even its own verb, Ravalejar, in Catalan, the local language.
MACBA and CCCB, two of the finest contemporary art museums in the city are located in el Raval. But the art didn’t stay within the museums walls and it has taken the streets of the whole area.
Because its mix of old and new, classic and trendy, local and international, Raval is also the best place in town for people watching and a real sweet spot for street photography. The strong character of the district also matches perfectly with the texture of the film.
Raval is easily accessible from the crowded comercial streets in Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia. Once you step into it, is a far cry from the noisy main streets.
What is your favourite place for street photography in Barcelona?
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