Granada in one image

For many, there is just that one quintessential picture of Granada: the view of the majestic Alhambra with the narrow streets of the Albayzin in the foreground and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada in the background.

The quintessential view of Granada.

The quintessential view of Granada.


Another classic image of Granada.

Another classic image of Granada.

For some it may also be the view from the other side, overlooking the town from inside the Alhambra.

Many years ago, Mr. Colors and I spent 10 months in Granada. I bought my first digital camera for this occasion, and with no knowledge of photography at all, I happily snapped away to document our time there. I documented everything, starting with our quest for an apartment with windows and heating in all rooms (in which we did not succeed), and continuing with all the tapas we ate. I photographed the churros we had at Cafe Futból and I made a small essay about how the university was closed and protected with a fence when a macrobotellon (gigantic organized public drinking) was approaching in spring. None of these images is really remarkable except that they remind me of the wonderful time we had there.

procession_granadaBut there is one image that is special to me for reasons beyond the memories attached to it. During Semana Santa, as we were watching the processions (the one on the left, to be precise), I spotted a combination of street art and a faded advertisement for a bullfight which seemed to capture Granada’s very special character: the contrast between the fashionable and modern university town and the city’s more traditional side. I took a photo of the wall, and this very simple image has long been my favorite. It was this picture which initiated my interest in photography as a way to express myself. It is even possible that we would not have this blog if I had not seen that wall on that day. Here is what I saw:
Granada

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8 thoughts on “Granada in one image

    1. perelincolors

      Granada is really a lovely town and we did like Madrid too – but it was weird that when we visited, Madrid seemed so very very quiet compared to Granada. Maybe just because the streets are wider or because there were fewer scooters.

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  1. viaja2

    Creo que Granada se ve preciosa desde cualquier punto de vista aunque, para mi, la primera imagen con la Alhambra y Sierra Nevada al fondo es la más bonita. Es muy agradable escuchar a alguien de otra parte del mundo decir que ha visitado y le ha gustado alguna de las ciudades de mi país.
    Saludos desde España.

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    1. perelincolors

      Granada es una ciudad verdaderamente encantadora y nos dejó enamarados de España. Estar ahí siempre me hace felíz aunque sea solo una visita corta. Por lo que sé, no hay país con bares mejores ó lengua más bonita.

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      1. viaja2

        Me siento muy halagada por sus comentarios. Espero que podáis visitarnos de vez en cuándo para disfrutar de nuestra lengua (por cierto la hablas muy bien), y de nuestros bares, que tengo que confesar cada día sirven mejores tapas y más raciones deliciosas.
        Un saludo.

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