During my visit of Sevilla, I didn’t want to be part of the audience of a bullfighting. However, it was fascinating to see la Plaza de Toros and imagine how that place looked like. That big arena reminded of the one in my hometown, Verona. Althought the Arena in Verona is not used for bullfighting, mostly for opera an concerts, it was used in the the past for the fighting of the gladiators. Going back to the Plaza de Toros, it was an interesting tour, no bulls or bullfighters were around, but I had to see the places where the bulls were kept, some of the costumes of the bullfighters and definitely to experience with my imagination a bullfighting in the arena. I closed my eyes and I could hear the people screaming and supporting the torero in his fight against the toro; I could see the colors of the costumes, the different tools used, the swing in the air of the bullfighter cloak. I opened my eyes and there were no bull neither bullfighter. This time there was not any blood or a carcass in the arena.
Oh!! Those streets. I felt so good to be able to walk in those streets, be surrounded by many people or be the only one stepping my feet on those paths. It was like going in a circle and starting again my circuit. I can still smell the different flavors of the spices in my nostrils, feel the different fabrics on my skin, taste the different foods and drinks in my mouth. It was a bit like being back in Egypt , in those crowded markets where you could hear different languages and meet interesting, charming people. What an amazing experience is the South of Spain and Spain in general!!
I have always been fascinated by the beautiful Spanish courtyards, the colorful tiles and the well-made gates. I am completely amazed by the great details and the patience that the artisans, who made them, had while working on the materials: iron, ceramic and ground. They are for sure a work of art to me. Living in LA, I have the chance to see some of these works of art, but not as much as I saw in the beautiful, fantastic Spain.
During my visit of the South of Spain I did not know if I wanted to see a flamenco show. But I am so happy that I did. It was a terrific experience that I had never imagined. The music and the dance are so powerful; they get into your skin and body and different feelings emerge in you. And if you are not enough warmed and what you look for is to satisfy your stomach instead, do not hesitate to taste the different Spanish tapas.
I called this picture Creepy/Art because of the different elements that fill the scene. Of course, at first the glance goes to the angel and devil characters on the left bottom corner. But there are other things going on in this picture. It is creepy but I see art in it as well because of the messiness of life, of the dark sides that are all there. It is a pure and impure representation of the world!
In April 2008, I decided to discover the South of Spain. My itinerary was Cordoba, Seville and Granada. I was happily surprised by all these three cities and the very friendly people who live there. I breathed the smell of the sea and of the markets, I tasted tapas drinking glasses of Spanish wine and cerveza, I wandered among streets to stop in front amazing buildings characterized by beautiful architectures and stunning colors, terraces, window-panes.
Sometimes I would like to be like a fly and be able to get inside buildings, apartments and spy people. Yes, there is a little of voyeurism in that, but it is mostly a desire of knowing people from their real innner selves.
I visited this great city a couple of times.
The first time it was when I was only 19 years old. It was the trip for the last year of high-school. My schoolmates and I spent like a week in this beautiful city. We travelled there by train. We left Verona at night to wake up, well actually we did not sleep that much that night, the next day in a city to be discovered. We stayed in a hotel that was right in the old part of the city, Barri Gotic. We did a lot of sightseeing, shopping, eating and of course drinking. I have to say that being still so young and immature, I did not really experience the amazing food that time. Instead, I decided to stuff my mouth with some junk food from one of the several McDonald’s scattered in the city. But one night I had the chance to try one of the tastiest food ever, paella, accompanied by many glasses of sangria. I still remember this bunch of kids (us) wandering in the city trying to find the road that was going to take us back to the hotel. It was a fun time and I cherished many great memories.
The second time I visited Barcelona was with 3 friends during a summer vacation spent in seaside village not to far from it. We went there a couple of times. One it was during the day to see some sightseeings while the second time was to experience the nightlife of Barceloneta. Of course during our sightseeing we walked on La Rambla among the many tourists and the different performers. It was at the same time very colorful and challenging because of the crowd. Then we went to the Joan Miro’ Park, where we had the chance to experience a breathtaking view of the city. And here I come to the two subjects of my picture, La Pedrera, and La Sagrada Familia. La Pedrera is a very peculiar, fascinating building designed by Gaudí. La Sagrada Familia is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Completely different was the experience my friends and I had at night in the area called Barceloneta. Well, the theme of the night was mostly dancing, drinking and meeting some cute people. I think we definitely succeed in our goal.