Madrid in 2015, a shop window in the process of transformation.
Taken outside the Reina Sofía in Madrid, where there was a large square filled with families and children. I’m not sure whether any of them were, as we were, waiting for the hour to arrive when museum entry was free, or if it was just a space large enough to congregate in. Taking the photograph from above gives a different perspective on a fairly mundane subject.
As in other major cities Madrid’s old buildings are being transformed. Often this is done by retaining the elegant facade, gutting and then rebuilding the interior. The mesh-draped form of the original lends a mysterious glimpse of the beautiful building beneath.
Taken inside a gallery in Madrid, the museum guard’s empty chair looks like a piece of modern art but of course it was meant to look that way – beautifully designed and in keeping with the museum’s walls and floors. But an empty chair always also suggests the human even if only as an absence. The wall is like a Mondrian or a Rothko, the only blemish a darker smudge where someone’s shoulder or their hair has brushed repeatedly against it.
Stop Madrid one of the oldest tapas bar in Madrid seen from the outside in. Any camera shake is due to the lateness of the hour, low light and the fact I had just spent a pleasant two hours or so on the inside looking out.
I don’t know why this man is taking a photo – maybe he’s an estate agent – but I found his pose in the moment he took his photo irresistible. With his briefcase clamped between his legs and his arms raised he almost looks as if he is dancing.
Ad hoc sign in Madrid advertising a flamenco night in a restaurant. Aside from the splash of colour, the slight movement of the shawl in the breeze gives the image some animation.