Barcelona in HDR

Article by Kah Wai Lin

Barcelona is a place full of surprises, especially for the photographer. It’s the most modern city in Spain, blessed with a mild Mediterranean weather and a colorful array of culture and nature.  It has been breaking ground in art, architecture and style since the late 19th century. We spent 3 days in Barcelona. This short essay shows some of my HDRs from the trip and can hopefully give you an idea of the richness of the city.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. This is a masterpiece of Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, who pushes the gothic style to the extreme. The construction started in 1882 and estimated a completion date in 2028. Describing Sagrada Familia, art critic Rainer Zerbst said “it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art”.

Palace of Catalan Music

A magnificent concert hall designed by the Catalan architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908. The concert seats about 2,200 people, and is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. The walls consist of stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches, and the ceiling is a stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and sky.

Casa Batllo

Another masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi located at Passeig de Gracia. It was originally designed for a middle-class family. Its unique interior is just as extraordinary and it seems that the goal of Gaudi was to avoid straight lines completely.

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) is a beautiful Gothic cathedral that was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries. The neo-Gothic facade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches.

Church of Santa Maria del Mar

Church of Santa Maria del Mar is one of the most important religious centers in Barcelona. It was built between 1329 and 1383 at the height of Catalonia’s maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large medieval buildings.