SEAT Arona Primavera Weekend

Back to Barcelona with SEAT for the Primavera Club Weekend. This time we would get time with the new SEAT Arona urban SUV.

Primavera Club is a small music festival run by renowned Festival Organiser Primavera Sound.  The aim of the Primavera Club festival is to identify potential upcoming international bands. 

On the Friday night we went to El Molino which dates from 1908,  when it was then known as the “Petit Moulin Rouge”, and put on Spanish versions of French cabaret. It is now part of the eclectic nightlife of Barcelona. 

Here we were treated to the best gastronomy and delicious cocktails. The mouth-watering food came from the creative Michelin starred chef Carles Abellán, one of the world’s top chefs. One of Ferrán Adriá’s protégés, he learnt from him in the mythical El Bulli. Our amazing cocktails were conjured up by Barcelona based mixologists Giacomo Gianotti and Adriana Chía. It was then on to watch some cool new bands.

It was a memorable evening where music, food, art and SEAT all merged into the claim “Created In Barcelona”. 

A short video of our night with SEAT at Primavera Club and our test drive of the SEAT Arona around the streets of Barcelona.

Here are some of the shots I took on our test-drive of the urban SUV.

I stayed on in Barcelona to catch up with friends for the next few days. it was great to get to explore the city a bit more. Even though I was suffering with a bad cold I still made the effort to get out early and hit some great locations on my photographic list.

I was blown away by some of the modern architecture in Barcelona. Especially along the waterfront.

As some of you may know I love taking photos on London's Underground so I was really excited to be shown some amazing Barcelona Metro stations by my friend Monicá. So much pleasing symmetry to be had.

One of the best discoveries I made on this trip was thanks to Elena @elensham . It is the newly restored Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Built between 1902 and 1930 by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the complex fell into neglect. However, now the renovated buildings are magnificent once more, with elaborate design both inside and out. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth a visit.

So I can highly recommend Barcelona as a city that will meet most people's needs whether it be music, great art, street art, food, drink, Modernisme architecture, modern architecture, friendly people and a few rays of golden sunshine thrown in.

 

Early Mornings In London

During the summer I was very pleased to get a photography job with Curry's/Canon. The idea was to get a photograph of London landmarks when there was nobody around and then at peak time when crowds were in the shot.

This meant for some very early starts as I had to be in place for sunrise. At that time of year the sun was coming up between 04:30 and 05:00 ! I would lock my tripod in place and then stay in the same position until about 11:30. I was extremely happy when the agency kindly said they would provide me with a runner. I couldn't imagine staying in one place that early without numerous coffees and a comfort break! 

Below are the images I took.

Gloomy morning St Paul's Cathedral

Gloomy morning St Paul's Cathedral

Tourists out in numbers after a heavy rain shower

Tourists out in numbers after a heavy rain shower

Such a beautiful sunrise at Tower Bridge

Such a beautiful sunrise at Tower Bridge

Milling crowds satisfied after just seeing the bascules raise at Tower Bridge

Milling crowds satisfied after just seeing the bascules raise at Tower Bridge

Golden daybreak at the City Sark, Greenwich

Golden daybreak at the City Sark, Greenwich

Visitors arrive to see the famous Tea Clipper

Visitors arrive to see the famous Tea Clipper

Please click on the link below to see how the images were combined and a slider added to show the before and after shots.

http://techtalk.currys.co.uk/photography/britain-s-top-landmarks-as-you-ve-never-seen-them-before/

Finally I would like to thank Ben and Matt at Green Light Digital and my two runners Ollie and Gareth

SEAT Arona launch in sunny Barcelona

I have never been to the launch of a brand new car model before, therefore I jumped at the chance to fly to Barcelona to collaborate with SEAT UK.

I must admit, with it being a press event, that I thought it would be a rather corporate affair. None of it!  After a few brief figures we were on with the main event : The launch of the new SEAT urban SUV, the SEAT Arona.

The SEAT Arona was created in Barcelona and Barcelona is the home of SEAT. 

A short video I created of our time at the launch of the SEAT Arona and exploring Barcelona.

Barcelona cityscape

Barcelona cityscape

The hills around Barcelona make great viewing points to see this bold and dynamic city. I love these views where you can see the very fabric of a place and how the modern buildings sit alongside the more historical ones.

 
Vibrant and colourful grafitti

Vibrant and colourful grafitti

Street art is everywhere in Barcelona and is an important part of city culture. A 55m wall was even created at Primavera Sound and is the canvas for an art project from SEAT and TheCreativeNet.

Skateboarder and grafitti

Skateboarder and grafitti

Elena @elensham

Elena @elensham

It's always worth getting up early to explore a new city. I love nothing more than to wander the quiet streets as a city wakens from its slumbers. Oh and I think it makes for nicer photos! Elena with her beautiful red dress was the perfect model.

 
Tiny person

Tiny person

The area around the Primavera Sound Wall is a hub of start-up and tech companies with some amazing modern architecture on show.

Porta Fira Hotel by Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos

Porta Fira Hotel by Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos

It was great fun to be at the launch of the SEAT Arona  which reflects may of the qualities of the city in which it was created - dynamic, vibrant, lively, optimistic and high tech. 

I am certainly looking forward to returning to Barcelona to visit friends later in the year and trying to get to know this wonderful city a little better.

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Shadows in London

I love nothing more on a sunny day to walk around chasing shadows. I have a small Canon G7X , which has a very useful flip screen, and fits easily in my pocket. I find it very liberating somedays to go out without my big DSLR. Shadow chasing is great in any season as the light quality changes as we move from one to the next. Trees are leafless in winter and create amazing shapes with their naked branches whilst in summer when in full leaf they can create the most amazing dappled shade where light dances on the ground. Here you can see the finished video and 2 of the still photographs I used to add to the storytelling .

Sky Garden View

Sky Garden View

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