Back in the days when I mostly shot and developed my own film, I visited Barcelona for a week.

My main reason for going was to see the architecture of Gaudi. I’m a secret design and architecture nerd, and the prospect of seeing his wonderful buildings, the Sagrada Família and the Picasso museum in a few days was too much to miss. What I hadn’t reckoned on was the wonderful sea front with a man-made beach (La Barceloneta), which had this curious sculpture by Rebecca Horn called ‘Homenatge a la Barceloneta’.

I loved that this bizarre-looking object was thrusting out of the sand, yet to locals it was perfectly ordinary, and this person was using it to change into his swimming gear on.

I think this was shot on Ilford film, and I scanned it with my very cheap flat bed scanner later. Real film grain – isn’t it wonderful?

5 thoughts on “Balanced

  1. Thats funny because I kept viewing the pic without the story… glad I finally figured out how to scroll down on my not so smart phone. It is odd this being on a beach… makes a nice contrast with the sand and water though.

  2. Great photo – very unusual and one of the reasons I want to visit Barcelona! You say that this is film. I assume 35mm? I have thousands of negs that I have been trying to scan using a Canoscan 5600F. The write ups were great so I bought one but all of the scans are grainy – even though most were shot on 100/200 ISO film! can’t seem to find a way around it? Not sure whether this shot was taken with higher ISO to give it grain or the scanning caused it. How have you found scanning? Would be interested to know?


    • I just used a fairly cheap Epson flatbed scanner with an included attachment that let me insert either slides or negative strips. Luckily I didn’t have that many to do, as it was a fairly laborious process. The idea of trying to digitise thousands fills me with horror!

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