Spain

Markets Around the World: Valencia, Spain

Whenever I travel to far away lands, a main priority on my agenda is to stop at the local markets. Within each city of every country there are unique characteristics. These details are vivid as you walk through the stalls where vendors and locals gather and share their cherished and most used items: tropical fruits or coconut broom sticks, Mediterranean spices and lanterns, or wine, cheese, and paintings… My photo series of “Markets Around the World” are representations of the uniqueness of individual cultures and the basic need for human interaction, exchange and communion.

Living in corporate America where we stroll through mega supermarket chains, grocery carts in tow in search of the next best processed product of artificially preserved “goods” sealed in boxes or cans, has made me appreciate these places in which the natural, pure, hand crafted are still regarded with value and esteem. For me, shopping in supermarkets feels more like a chore compared to shopping in small markets where you can experience real human synergy instead of the mandatory “Here’s your receipt, Thank you.”

Here is my Valencia, Spain edition of “Markets Around the World

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La Mala Rodriguez Performs at Grand Central

On Saturday night, Latin Grammy award winning hip hop artist, La Mala Rodriguez performed in Downtown Miami nightclub, Grand Central.  To see the full article check out BeachedMiami.

June 30, 2012. Miami, FL.

June 30, 2012. Miami, FL.


Studio Photography in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Argentine Passions in Madrid

 

June 2, 2012. Madrid, Spain. Argentine dancers perform tango during dinner at Pasiones Argentinas, a restaurant found on Leganitos Nº 28 Gran Via, near Madrid’s city center.

 


Spanish Tapas: Sobrasada Iberica y Miel

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. “Tapas” are small servings of spanish dishes that are typically shared amongst the table. A popular tapa in Alicante is “Sobrasada Iberica y Miel”. Sobrasada is a typical Spanish Mediterranean sausage, one of the many ways to enjoy it is with bread and drizzled honey.

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. One of the members from Snorkys, a musical band based in Alicante indulges in the Spanish tapa “Sobrasada Iberica y Miel”.


Street Shooting in Alicante

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. Professor Jim Virga teaches University of Miami students photography techniques during their study abroad program in Alicante, Spain.


Winter Travels: Spain and France

Here is a collection of photos during my winter travels in Spain and France. All of these photographs were taken with my iPhone.

Miami, Fl.

Window Seat

Notre Dame, Paris

Paris, France

Toledo, Spain

Paris, France

Ancient Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain

Montmartre, Paris

Toledo, Spain

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Fogueres de San Joan 2011. Receive the fire’s hug, that of the gunpowder and the music.

‘Observe how the festival likes that you participate. You know, foreign friend, that the foguerers appreciate you even though you don’t speak the language, nor does it matter the colour of your skin. Receive the fire’s hug, that of the gunpowder and the music. We’ve got a world of festival for you to discover, you’re in the best of hands, don’t be embarrassed and join us, you will always be an equal in this most beautiful of festivals.’

June 24, 2011. Alicante, Spain. The night of June 24th is the climax of the highly anticipated festival “Hogueras de San Juan” celebrated in Alicante, part of the Valencian community in Spain. The cultural event joins friends and family together through out the entire town to celebrate the burning of the Hogueras. Hogueras: enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different parts of Alicante are burned on the summer solstice, June 24th. Burning these structures on the longest day of the year represents cleansing the city of negativity. The hoguera ritual begins at 12:00 a.m. as gunpowder and fireworks explode inside the official hoguera of Alicante “La Tierra Prometida.” After, the other 90 hogueras in the neighborhoods begin to burn as well.

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. Friends and family gather on the beach with small bonfires and music while celebrating the Bonfires of San Juan, one of Spain'€™s largest and most highly anticipated festivals.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. A few of Los Indignados: advocates of the M15 movement in Spain, gather with their own hoguera while singing songs of political freedom and happiness during the "Hogueras de San Juan" festival. The M15 movement is a youth movement pacifically fighting against Spain's current political and social system.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. The official hoguera of Alicante "The Promised Land" burns at midnight on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. A resident watches the official hoguera of Alicante burn during the Bonfires of San Juan festival.


Mounting of La Tierra Prometida

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante.

Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The crowd in City Hall stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. Rafa Gomez Fonseca hugs his brother after the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.


Hogueras Preparations,

Alicante, Spain. June 19, 2011. Children walk in El Barrio, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Alicante with a model of an Hoguera. Days before the festival officially begins residents walk around with costumes and masks and other preparations for the festival.


Hogueras de Ceramica

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante. For more photos of The Hoguera de Ceramica visit: https://natalieedgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-making-of-hogueras/

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011. Noelia and other artists works on the finishing touches for the Hoguera de Ceramica. This hoguera was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011 The Hoguera de Ceramica was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”


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Night Photography in Playa de San Joan

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Ines Herrera, a night photographer and professor at Ciudad de la Luz, sets up a shoot with another photographer to show students bulb techniques and night time photography.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. The night photography class led by Professor Ines Herrera took place in Playa de San Joan from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The moon´s reflection and light worked as creative tools for our photos.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Ines Herrera, a night photographer and professor at Ciudad de la Luz, sets up a shoot with another photographer to show students bulb techniques and night time photography.


Cristina and Sandra

Sandra Ferrándiz Espartal is a singer for the band, La Espartera. Their music doesn´t fall into one category, but is a combination of funk, soul, blues, reggae, and most importantly, Flamenco.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Cristina Cánovas, a Flamenco and Belly dancer currently living in Murcia is also a strong advocate and leader of M-15: A youth movement pacifically fighting against Spain´s current political and social system. ¨We have to educate our own people about the situation, otherwise things will stay the same here.¨ The unemployment rate has peaked at about 21% for the general population of Spain, but is even higher for young citizens, reaching roughly 43%.


Primera Mascletà de les Fogueres 2011

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.


Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. Make up artist Marisa Ceba helps Shady Nicolas Misaghi get ready for her last Flamenco performance as a student at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante. ¨It´s by far the best and most elite dance school in Alicante,¨ explained Marisa. Shady will continue to pursue her career as a Flamenco dancer in France for 3 months and then plans to go to Madrid. ¨The only time I´m fully at peace is when I´m on stage.¨

 

Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante hosts their final annual dance show at the Teatro Principal de Alicante. Flamenco originated in Southern Spain during the 18th century and is known as Spain´s genre of music and dance. The three main components in Flamenco are the guitar, the dance, and the song.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante hosts their final annual dance show at the Teatro Principal de Alicante. The Spanish architect Emilio Jover Perrón began building the theater in 1905.


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Granada

Granada, Andalucia, Spain. June 11, 2011. Many poets and artists say to get inspiration around the Albayzin, an antique area in Granada with ancient Moorish architecture and landscapes. The narrow streets are filled with Spanish and Arabic shops and cafes.