Famous for its modernist architecture, it is understandable that a tourist visiting Barcelona would head straight to the works of Gaudí, such as his renowned Cathedral “La Sagrada Familia”, Parc Güell and Casa Batlló. However, this magical city has a medieval past which has much more to offer photographers and here is Angel Martinez Moreno’s hidden view of Barcelona.
Angel Martinez Moreno, a 27 year old photographer and graphic designer from Puigcerdà Catalonia (Spain) has lived in Barcelona for 10 years. His favourite hidden view of Barcelona is Plaça Sant Felip Neri:
“Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one of the most magical places in Barcelona. Built around a medieval church, the square’s architecture gives it its special character. The attractive buildings enclose a simple, yet beautiful, fountain surrounded by ancient cobblestones. There are two enormous trees which let in some of the sunlight and create soft shadows around the square. Even though it is the centre of the city, only the most adventurous can find it by walking through the small dark alleyways.”
Plaça Sant Felip Neri is easy to reach – located in the popular Barri Gòtic (Gothic Area), 200m from Barcelona’s Cathedral and 400m from the City Council, just off Carrer Bisbe.
Angel’s tips for capturing Plaça Sant Felip Neri:
• Visit the square at mid-day to capture the sun falling on the trees – the lighting will create attractive soft shadows. If you want to capture it at a quiet moment though, head there in the morning
• Try and incorporate the cobblestones within your image as this will help capture the area’s personality
• Experiment with different compositions – there are tiny shops, a restaurant and a museum in the square that can help introduce a snapshot of daily life to your image.
Visit our blog in soon for the ‘Hidden View of Berlin‘ by photographer Andrea Figari!