Barcelona, a photo a day

Rambla del Raval


La Rambla del Raval, yesterday afternoon. The Raval is a part of the old town also know as Ravalistan, due to the high number of Pakistanis living in the area. In the 1920es, it was known as Chinatown…
Anyway, 2 policemen on duty are watching, so that nobody graffities Botero’s Cat, further down on the square. Spanish police uniforms are quite fierce, they look more like paratroopers than like your friendly neighborhood cop.

Here is the same picture after playing a bit with it.

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12 responses

  1. They are both nice!:-)

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    March 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

  2. «Louis» thinks it's neat the way you converted the photo into a line drawing.
    😉

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    March 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

  3. The first picture reminds me much of the city and its centre, I happen to live in, as Police does indeed look nearly alike; and are as well carrying small machine guns, as Dave wrote – makes one wonder whether it is the fault of South Europe, as I don't remember France, Germany to have features like this.
    Indeed the second invites to colour it.

    A wonderful start into a peaceful new week.

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    March 15, 2010 at 1:10 am

  4. nice street shot

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    March 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

  5. are they trained by Blackwater?

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    March 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  6. i would love to sketch the 2nd foto. ^0^
    i think the cops has to act all fierce and powerful, it's all about intimidation! lol

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    March 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

  7. Just returned from seeing Alice in Wonderland and was reminded of Barcelona's display last summer. Between that and la Sagrada Familia, I would be taking pictures for weeks!

    Jan
    GDP

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    March 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  8. Now it looks like Barcelona again, no snow! Nice work you've done with the second version of the picture, it looks like taken from a comic book!
    “Friendly neighbourhood cop”? Hmmm, to me all of them look kinda grim (nothing against cops, it's just a silly impression).
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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    March 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

  9. Interesting shot in the original, work on art in the post-production magic shop.

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    March 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

  10. The policemen did not scare the two pigeons to the right 😉

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    March 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

  11. Very artistic, the played-with photo.
    I like the idea of using graffiti as a verb.

    Your police actually look friendly to me. You should see out new Yasam units: special anti-riot police that cruise around, two on a motorcycle, wearing black leathers, with big automatic rifles.

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    March 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

  12. You are right about the appearance of the policemen. It must be the boots. Some places in the world, such as Italy, I have seen policemen carrying small machine guns, which also looks more like the military than police.

    By the way, we are showing Spain on our http://www.VivalaVoyage.com travel photo site this week, but the photos are not from your part of Spain. We are featuring the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordova and the Escorial outside Madrid.

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    March 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

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