The last post was all about color. This post has very little color in it. All the better to see the difference in light contrasts as the sun hits the building.
On the penultimate day in Barcelona I took my camera around the block where our apartment was, searching for pictures. Every building on the block had some interesting pattern, texture or shape carved in the stone or concrete. At a glance the buildings all sort of look the same but when you pause at each one, you realize that there is scrollwork on one, diamonds on another and a guy trying to hold up the world on a third.
The mediterranean sun was on its way down but was still very strong. It left such distinct shadows on the sides of the buildings. I was intrigued by the patterns that it picked out in the facades of the stone and concrete. Even on very clear days here the sun doesn’t seem to make such crisp lines as it does in Barcelona.
On the shady side of the building the contrast was more subtle but still amazing and because there is no color, it is easier to see the value contrasts in order to draw the figure. But mostly I like these pictures because they play with concept of two-dimensions vs. three-dimensions. The pictures are two-dimensional but, because of the stark value contrasts, one can really feel the three-dimensionality of the stones.