Time Pieces: Rastro Flea Market, Madrid Spain

time pieces; Rastro Flea Market, Madrid Spain

time pieces; Rastro Flea Market, Madrid Spain 

One of the most popular flea market in all of Madrid the Rastro runs through a maze of streets and to say it is crowded is an understatement! Cheap clothes, luggage, old flamenco records, even older photos of Madrid, faux designer purses, grungy T-shirts, household goods and electronics are the main fare, antiques are a big draw. Here a line of old pocket watches. It is hard for me to tell if the watches are really old, or just replicas, but then it doesn’t really matter for the photo! 

Lady in Red; Street Photography in Madrid

Lady in Red; Madrid Spain

Lady in Red; Madrid Spain 

There is so many great opportunities to practise my street photography here in Madrid, something I don’t do a lot of. Photographing people I don’t know, I am not yet comfortable with approaching people I don’t know. I might grab a shot from across the street that I find interesting, as I did here. Then there is the language barrier, well at least that is the excuse I am using. I have occasionally asked to take someone’s picture, and almost every time I have had a positive outcome. Still I find once I have asked someone it I can take their photo I get a posed photo, not the one that originally attracted me to take the scene.

So I am still finding my way, doing street photography, taking photos of people who are unaware of me seems to be the best fit right now. Maybe I need to find a way of approaching people after I have taken their photograph, to ask permission to share the image of them on my blog. This would give me the candid image I envisioned yet allow people the opportunity to decide if they want to share the image.

Tell me, how would you feel, if you were approached by a total stranger, who showed you a picture of yourself. then asked to share it on the blog. Keeping in mind the photo was a beautiful as this lady sketching in Madrid. I still think it would be hard, even if we both spoke English to get people to understand I wanted nothing more than to share the photo with the world on my blog.

Help me through this process, let me hear your thoughts on the subject.

 

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain

Lugar del Vino; Merida Spain 

we were first attracted to the wine store by the great graphics both out front and inside the store. But sitting outside looking in we couldn’t decide if it was a wine store or a tapas bar, you see there were shelves of wine, spirits and food, but there were also tables set for service. We decided to go in and check out the store, we ordered a glass of wine and a couple of tapas. Before long were “chatting” with the help of our smartphone translator to Manuel Tirado Marín, of Lugar del Wines, and we were coming back to do some more photos.

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Manuel Tirado Marín

Manuel Tirado Marín 

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Murals of Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain 

we spent the day walking around Madrid, and while there are so things to look and it was the murals painted on the storefront security doors that caught my attention. I guess being Easter weekend more of the stores were close, so more of the doors were visible to enjoy. I thought I would show you a few of my favourites.

Madrid murals

Madrid murals 

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

Bill in Salamanca Spain April 2014

Bill

Bill 

During our visit to Salamanca we found the old flour mill.  While it hadn’t been in operation for many years it has been cleaned up and opened for visitors. We had the chance to see and read about the workings of the old mill. We were the only visitors to cross the threshold during the 30 – 40 minutes we poked around the place.  On the second floor, beside one of the windows was an old chair. A beautiful spot to sit and look out the window at River Tormes.  The light that afternoon was beautiful and I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of Bill while he sat and looked out the window.

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Holy Week, Salamanca Spain

Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain

Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain 

It is Holy Week in Spain, one of the most important Christian events, and here in Salamanca, it is one of the great celebrations of the year. Continue reading

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

I love sunrise, it is a quiet beautiful time of day. I will admit that in my youth I was more apt to witness the sunrise as a close to a beautiful evening! But now, a little older, I awake to see the sunrise, and it is the beginning of a new day. Today, we headed out to photograph the Roman Bridge, and Salamanca Cathedral, but there was not much of a sunrise, it was cloudy and dark, the streets were wet with rain.  This was the best shot of the morning, I decided to give it a textured, painted quality and processed it using one of Kim Klassen’s beautiful textures.  Continue reading

Salamanca Spain, Plaza Mayor; In and Out of the Shops

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain, a hub of activity in the centre of town. We arrived in Salamanca just prior to Holy Week, along with a lot of other tourists and travellers. The squares, markets and streets are busy. The shop windows are lined with goods for sale and reflect the patio umbrellas, tables and people visiting the square. While each of the images are “busy” and may even look chaotic to some, they represent the activity in Plaza Mayor and the city of Salamanca these days.

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