It seems lately my posts are getting longer and longer because each time I add more photos… but I can’t help it, and I think today it’s going to be pretty much the same, because I’m going to post some photographs of my trip to Berlin in May of last year.

I’ve already talked about it before, but the other day, while organizing my photos and folders and whatnot, I looked at these photos again and realized there were some I really like that I haven’t posted here.

I really liked going to Berlin. I found it to be quite photogenic, and loved its cafés, stores, monuments, and streets. I had never visited the city before, and once I got there I had to add it to the endless list of places I’d love to live in someday.

I took this photo in a small second-hand bookstore called East of Eden. It was really cosy, its owners were very nice, and they had an amazing selection of books. Unfortunately they closed a while ago.

This is where an acquaintance lived. Dream house!

Among the nice cafés we went to, the one I liked the most was Luzia, where we stayed by the window and met Robin, a pretty cool and talented English pianist. We also saw rather interesting people through the window.

My trip to Berlin also coincided with May 1, a day where demonstrations and festivities take place in the streets of Kreuzberg. It was a great and interesting experience, and ALSO, we got to see the most handsome policemen we’ve ever seen in our lives. Unfortunately I didn’t photograph them because I was baffled by their good looks. True story. I did, however, take some pictures of the crowded streets.

And that’s it. If you ever plan on going to Berlin and need some advice, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail!

You can see the rest of the photos here.

Después de un tiempo haciendo fotos, ya me he dado cuenta de que la mayoría de lo que hago son retratos. Esto no me parece mal, ya que los retratos son la rama de la fotografía que más me interesa, pero llega un punto en el que no renuevo y parece que hago la misma foto una y otra vez, y no procede. Así que mientras paseaba por las calles de Berlín con mi amiga Lucía decidí intentar cambiar un poco el tipo de retratos que hago. Y fracasé estrepitosamente. No, es broma.

El caso es que durante esa semana me dediqué a fotografiar a Lucía intentando incorporar más elementos de su alrededor y así no sacar solo su cara (que así cualquiera), sino su cuerpo entero en diferentes entornos. Y la verdad es que me gustaron los resultados. En bastantes casos intenté fijarme en la geometría del lugar y ver cómo interactuaba la persona con el entorno, y eso es algo con lo que voy a seguir experimentando. Os informo.

Y con esto y un bizcocho (esta expresión qué es exactamente?). Os dejo con mil fotos (aprox.).

La de abajo del todo es una de mi hermano Nico que hice en la puerta de nuestra casa con una cámara de medio formato. También he añadido una foto de unas personas al lado del Parlamento alemán que me parecieron dignas de fotografiar, con los árboles y la simpleza del edificio.

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After being involved in photography for a while now, I’ve come to the realization that most of my photos are portraits. That’s something I’m perfectly fine with, since portraiture is the branch of photography I like the most, but sometimes it gets to a point where I’m not doing anything new and it feels like I’m taking the same photo over and over again. So while I was wandering through the streets of Berlin with my friend Lucia I decided to try and change a bit the portraits I take, to see if I’d like the results.

THUS I spent a week shooting Lucia trying to incorporate more elements of her surroundings, so as to not simply shoot her face but her whole body in different environments, and I ended up liking the results. In a lot of cases, I tried to look at the geometry of the place and see how the subject interacted with the background; and that’s something I’m definitely going to keep experimenting with.

So here are some photos of the trip. The last photo is a photo I took of my brother Nico in front of our building here in Madrid with a medium format camera. I’ve also added a photo of some people near the German Parliament that were placed in a way I thought would make for a good photo, what with the trees and the simple building.

Hoy es mi cumple así que me flipo y pongo una foto mía. ¿O qué? Pero no os penséis que esta entrada es sólo para informaros de este hecho tan señalado, que hoy es la cuarta vez que escribo en el blog y no procede irse por los cerros de Úbeda tan descaradamente.

Lucía me hizo esta foto cuando fui a visitarla en Berlín a principios de mayo de 2011. Llevé varios carretes en color y uno en blanco y negro que tenía por casa y que no me decidía a usar nunca. Después de usarlo, y de buscar incesantemente un buen laboratorio donde revelar el carrete, me decidí por la tienda de Lomography de Madrid y el resultado me sorprendió gratamente. Ya había hecho otro carrete hacia principios de 2008 y me pareció bastante broma el resultado, imagino que por una mezcla de laboratorio lamentable y conocimientos nulos por mi parte. Esta vez se ve que he mejorado un poco y que he ido a un sitio algo mejor.

Por otro lado, lo de poner una foto mía no penséis que es obvio. Y menos cuando es algo artística. En toda mi vida, sólo me he hecho un autorretrato con intenciones de publicarlo. Todas las otras fotos que me hago a mí misma son las típicas del Photobooth o son de mí poniendo caras absurdas, pero es que me cuesta mucho poner caras naturales. Eso es así. Pero imagino que tendré que trabajar en ello. Y al final pasaré de todos y sólo me haré fotos a mí. Es broma, claro.

Aquí tenéis algunas fotos en blanco y negro de Berlín. Ya hablaré otro día de ese viaje y las fotos que hice.

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Today is my birthday so here I am being a bit narcissistic and posting a picture of me. Right? But don’t think this post will be about that - after all, this is only the fourth time I write in here and I shouldn’t be straying much from my original topic (photography that is) (you know in case you were wondering).

Lucía took this picture of me when I went to Berlin to visit her towards the beginning of May, 2011. I carried with me several color film rolls and a black and white one that I’d had for a while at home and had never known when to use. After using it and looking for a decent lab to develop the film, I decided to take it to the Lomography shop in Madrid, and the results surprised me in a good way. I’d already done another b/w roll of film at the beginning of 2008 and I didn’t like the resulting photos at all, I guess due to a bad lab and my lack of knowledge in terms of photography. This time it seems I’ve gotten better and have been to a better place.

On another note, uploading a photo of mine is not an obvious thing for me to do. And it’s even less obvious when this photo is somewhat artistic. In all my life I’ve only done a self-portrait with the intentions of posting it online. All the other pictures I take of myself are the ones I take on my computer with Photobooth, or the ones I take with a camera where I make weird faces, but I can’t seem to pull off a natural look. That’s a fact. I suppose I’ll just have to work on that. And once I’m awesome at that I’ll only take pictures of myself and will ditch all of my friends. I’m obviously kidding.

Above you can see some more black and white photos I took in Berlin. But I’ll talk about that trip and the photos I did more thoroughly in another blog entry.