This is one of the images I am exhibiting at Pati Llimona, where we were asked to show some contrasts of el Gòtic, the district of Barcelona.
The little square of Sant Felip Neri received bomb attacks during the civil war in Barcelona. There is a school next to the church, and 22 children were killed by a bomb when trying to hide and protect themselves inside the church. The houses of this little square were destroyed and rebuilt some years after. The only memory we keep from this killing are the walls of the church, maintaining the holes of the bomb impacts.
I thought it would be a contrast to show how life goes on nowadays in this place; a hotel it’s been built at the square, tourists relax in its terrace, children of the school still use the square as a playground during the week, and some weekends you can assist at music shows.
I went there several days to shoot the image I had in mind, to discover the best hour of the day and the best point of view. I talked with the hotel staff and they allowed me to hide behind the glass at the bar (the barman was very kind and willing to help!), so I took different shots from there. I like the blasting light of the sun coming from above, reminding the tragedy that came once from the sky.
That morning a music show was being prepared at the square, and I thought the presence of all those empty chairs would perfectly represent all the absences.
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