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Sagrada Familia by Pinhole by Jana Uyeda

During my trip to Barcelona I had the opportunity to visit the Sagrada Familia, one of the most visited tourist spots and an architectural wonder. 

I arrived just as the sun was setting behind the cathedral, casting a shadow over the entrance. When I walked up the stairs I honestly thought the entrance was a bit grotesque, like a candle dripping and running down its sides. There was so much detail in every available space, it was overwhelming.

The interior was an entirely different experience. The light was pouring through the stained glass windows and the geometry was astounding. 

At the very top of the ceiling, in several areas, there was a kind of fabric that gave the highest points a softer, gossamer like feel. It was a beautiful touch, though I'm sure more practical than I imagined. In the image below, the famous double-twisted columns gave a feeling of walking beneath a shelter of trees.

Jesus told me, before my visit, that I could not imagine the interior and he was right. There are crowds of tourists everywhere, but it's worth all that to experience the immense beauty within. Here is a pinhole looking up towards a cubist sculpture. I'm not entirely sure who or what that sculpture represents, but it's prominent. You can see the tourists' feet below. 

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in Barcelona by Jana Uyeda

This year for Pinhole Day I gathered with a network of friends in Barcelona, Spain. We shot some pinhole, dined on chorizo and cheese, drank vermouth and laughed together as good friends do. 

I would like to say thank you to this year's hosts, Jesus Joglar and Xavi Bassols, who organized strolls through this wondrous city, fantastic lunches and even a pétanque game beneath the Arc de Triomf. It isn't easy navigating the cobblestone alleyways and winding paths of Barcelona, but between the occasional coffee shop stop and tapas, I always found energy.

I'm still working through the rolls of film from this trip, but here are a few favorites:

 This image was made on Pinhole Day as we strolled through the streets. I had my  ONDU  6x6 on the floor and pointed up. It captures just one of the many long, narrow streets of Barcelona.

This image was made on Pinhole Day as we strolled through the streets. I had my ONDU 6x6 on the floor and pointed up. It captures just one of the many long, narrow streets of Barcelona.

 An image taken on the Barcelona metro with  Markus , Jesus and  Alex . Note the Pinhole Assist app on my phone keeping time for my exposure.

An image taken on the Barcelona metro with Markus, Jesus and Alex. Note the Pinhole Assist app on my phone keeping time for my exposure.

 A pinhole from the  Sagrada Familia . The area inside and out was swarming with tourists so you can imagine what happened the first time I put my pinhole camera on the floor. A tourist came by with his hands raised taking pictures of the ceiling and kicked the camera. I immediately picked it up and wound to a new frame. This image was not intentional but I love the result.

A pinhole from the Sagrada Familia. The area inside and out was swarming with tourists so you can imagine what happened the first time I put my pinhole camera on the floor. A tourist came by with his hands raised taking pictures of the ceiling and kicked the camera. I immediately picked it up and wound to a new frame. This image was not intentional but I love the result.

 An intentional image of the Sagrada Familia and my entry for the WPPD gallery.

An intentional image of the Sagrada Familia and my entry for the WPPD gallery.

Finally! First shots with the Travelwide by Jana Uyeda

My Travelwide camera finally arrived!

I backed the Kickstarter when I was researching 4x5 cameras but I was looking for something portable, even more portable than a Speed Graphic. My friend Hank let me shoot a few of his large format cameras on several occasions so I could learn the different types and understand the basics of large format shooting. Eventually I bought a 4x5 pinhole as I am more likely to shoot a camera if it fits easily into my camera bag. 

When my Travelwide (finally) arrived I was surprised at how light and easy it was to carry. I got the Kickstarter kit which included a Schneider-Kreuznach Angulon 90mm lens. It's not fancy, but it does the job and it's light enough that the camera doesn't feel off-balance or front-heavy. I also threaded my cable release through one of the channels located on either side of the camera body. It's a simple feature which makes triggering the shutter easier. I don't have a viewfinder for the Travelwide yet so on my first day out I just used the markings on the helical to estimate focus distance. It seemed to work well.

Here are my first few shots from the Travelwide taken on Ilford HP5+. I had a great time shooting as it's a pretty straightforward camera. I started with the camera on a tripod but found I didn't need it as much and shot the final few sheets handheld. I have a feeling I'll be shooting a lot more 4x5 now that I have this, especially since it fits so easily in my bag.