Els Encants between old and new
Els Encats is Barcelona’s largest and most known market, and one of the oldest flea markets in the whole of Europe. Els Encants used to be an open air market but, seemingly as part of a larger wave of modernisation and gentrification that affected the surrounding areas (Poble Nou and Diagonal Mar), since 2013 it is hosted into a modern three tiered building with state of the art infrastructure designed by architect Férmin Vàzquez. This photo-essay was made as part of my visual storytelling workshop with Ed Kashi, and it focuses on the way the market users, both the vendors and the visitors, live into and use the relatively new space. It also casts a looks at the contrast between the rustic atmosphere of the flea market, and the modernity that surrounds it.
Braga, in Portugal, has a long tradition of celebrating Easter. Dark Easter is a photo essay with photos from Easter Week processions and masses held in Braga. It looks at the way pain and grief are expressed among devouts, in the context of the mournful atmosphere of the religious commemorations held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.