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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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”.


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

Yours Truly



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.


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.”


The Making of Hogueras

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: enormous and detailed art structures are built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Each part of the piece symbolizes a meaningful aspect of the city. 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 all bad.

May 31, 2011. Alicante, Spain. Federico Molinero Sandoval works on a part of the 72 foot (two story high) hoguera. Him, his partner Pedro Abad Marco, and the rest of the team have been working on the structure since October 2010.


May 31, 2011. Alicante, Spain. Guillermo Morena sculpts a part of the hoguera for ¨Hogueras de San Juan,¨ the largest festival taking place in the middle of the streets of Alicante during the weekend of the summer solstice on June 24th. Every year the directors, Federico Sandoval and Pedro Marco enter their hoguera in the contest. ¨Every single hoguera is different, while many families like to make abstract monuments, ours are directly influenced by realism.¨

 

 

 


May 31, 2011. Alicante, Spain. Armando Martinez, one of Federico Sandoval´s and Pedro Marco´s workers is covered in the styrofoam debri from the hoguera. Most hogueras are built from paper mache, styrofoam, and wood. These ingredients allow the extremely large monuments to burn quickly, and efficiently during the festival.


May 31, 2011. Alicante, Spain. Armando Martinez, one of Federico Sandoval´s and Pedro Marco´s workers is covered in the styrofoam debri from the hoguera. Most hogueras are built from paper mache, styrofoam, and wood. These ingredients allow the extremely large monuments to burn quickly, and efficiently during the festival.

 

 

 

 

 


The Spanish Revolution, 2011


Thousands of residents in Spain have gathered to protest against government corruption, unemployment, and the current economic situation. What started as a small protest in Madrid on May 15th extended to 30,000 thousand protesters. “Los Indignados” or “The Indignant”  have turned the landmark Puerta del Sol square into an urban village in which they sleep, eat, sing, and create artistic posters exposing their social beliefs. They stand against violence and drug/alcohol use during the demonstration, and have volunteers keeping the event organized. There are stations for water and food distribution, recycling, restrooms, media sharing, and even medical support. Due to the mass amount of people, many of the volunteers solely focus on cleaning the plaza frequently. “This is our time to fight for what we believe, and we’re not leaving until we get it” said one of the protesters Saturday morning. Similar demonstrations have spread in over 50 cities, including Alicante, Cadiz, and London.

Photo by Natalie Edgar. Saturday, May 21, 2011


The Plan

A protest leader gives his speech in the Puerta del Sol plaza on May 19 during the rally against the current social and political system in Spain. The rally beginning on May 15th has spread to cities throughtout Spain and even other countries in Europe like France, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium.  Photo by Natalie Edgar. Madrid, Spain. May 19, 2011

Madrid, Spain. May 19, 2011. A protest leader gives his speech in the Puerta del Sol plaza on May 19 during the rally against the current social and political system in Spain. The rally beginning on May 15th has spread to cities throughtout Spain and even other countries in Europe like France, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium.



	

Los Indignados — The Spanish Revolution

Madrid, Spain. May 19, 2011. Protestor holds the front page article of Que Es: the publication reporting news from Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, etc.  Due to amount of people that joined the ¨Spanish Revolution¨ also known as the ¨Acampada Sol¨ tension increased during the time of elections. The initial plan was for the demonstration to last until Sunday, election day. Due to their disappointment from the Conservative Party´s win, demonstrators plan to remain until at least May 29th.


Protestors Maintain Order

The ¨15M Movement¨  that started May 15, has maintained overall organization with the help of volunteers and donations made by civilians of food, water, cleaning supplies, utensils, etc.  The people show their cohesive efforts to provoke change in a non-violent, and positive way. ¨The revolucion no es botellon,¨ a phrase widely used to declare that alcohol use during the demonstration would not be appreciated or supported. Photo by Natalie Edgar. Madrid, Spain. May 19, 2011


Puerta del Sol Plaza– Protestors New Home

¨They call it democracy, but it isn´t!¨ Reads the sign next to a couple sleeping in a tent during ¨Acampada Sol.¨ Protestors turned the Puerta del Sol plaza into their own ¨acampada¨ or camp site on May 15th. Demonstrators have created signs filled with messages about peace, revolution, equality, and their rights. The movement demonstrates the widespread disillusionment felt by the people of Spain due to the political situation in which many consider to be corrupt and unfair. Photo by Natalie Edgar. Madrid, Spain. May 19, 2011.


 

While some sleep, other protestors begin their day in the Plaza del Sol square in the center of Madrid. ¨The M15 Movement¨ began through an online youth group fed up with insensible politicians and the economic crisis in Spain. The unemployment rate is currently at 22% , but youth unemployment (25 years and under) rates have reached over 43%, the highest in Europe.