To Market, To Market

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.

~Traditional English nursery rhyme

Barcelona is not a city light on stunning architecture. But I was rather taken with the wonderful Mercat de Santa Caterina and its surrounding buildings, designed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue.  The Mercat is situated in the lovely, gentrified El Born district, once the ancient medieval part of Barcelona and densely built and populated. As I wandered through medieval Barcelona, I was more often than not walking through narrow streets where sunlight only briefly reaches the cobblestones each day. Happening upon the Mercat and its surrounding buildings gave me a well-needed respite from these constrained spaces; my view could stretch freely and I could drink in the light, the air, rest in the sun and contemplate the tasty-looking provisions laid out in Mercat itself.

Photos below were processed with the aim of communicating the steamy temperature of Barcelona in late June.  I’ve also tried to emulate the vividness of the ‘retro’ postcards of Barcelona which seemed to pop up everywhere I wandered (I note I was visiting quite a few design stores and galleries).  The postcards seemed to have that quality, that cast which photos taken in the 1970s would have acquired by now.  Or, as is more likely in this age of digital processing, they were probably recent images which had been cross-processed using Adobe or any number of other image processing software.


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