Spanish Photographer Alberto García Alix: Front View, Boxer’s View Reply

Alberto Garcia Alix

Alberto Garcia–Each boxing match is a story: a drama without words. Alberto García-Alix´s photographs are also condensed stories, silent but eloquent stories. These are images imbued with a lyricism and stripped of artifice, poetry that always finds a place to settle within the framework: the tension in the foreshortening of a face, the tip of a shoe, a skewered vagina, the body of a bird, fuzzy profiles of a building … Direct poetry that explodes before our eyes with the radiance of a whiplash. A vocational fighter, when García Alix concludes one of his joyful battles with images, there is only one winner standing on the canvas: his glance. A frontal view. A look of fighter. Pure epic.

García-Alix´s technique has evolved toward a meticulous use of black and white. His visual speech is composed in accordance with the maps that his life’s itinerary has sketched out, maps onto which the photographer sketches his mysterious, emotional and compelling artistic cartography.  A broad map on which objects and landscapes appear, photographs in which Alberto García-Alix captures the scenes of his own biography: houses, streets, roads and trails open up to infinity. Walls, facades and windows bounded by the camera lens. Open spaces on which his gaze jumps around and becomes introspective until enclosing itself in the four walls of a bare room.



Photo Album: 15 “Escapades” Around Spain Reply

Canyoning Guara Huesca

This is an enticing photo feature from the Spanish version of The Huffington Post. You can practice your Spanish reading the text, or just browse through the photographs. Either way, we think you’ll enjoy the trip!

Huffington–¡Qué emoción, el puente de diciembre se acerca! Es el momento perfecto para avisar a tus mejores amigos, a tu pareja o a tu familia entera y preparar una escapada para el próximo finde. Los viajeros de la comunidad de minube nos recomiendan 15 increíbles escapadas por España que querrás hacer el próximo puente 15 increíbles escapadas por España que querrás hacer el próximo puente. Atento, que vienen:

  1. No hay nada mejor para salir de la rutina: la casa en la que vivió casi toda su vida el famoso pintor español es desde hace muchos años un museo que cualquiera puede visitar. Piérdete entre sus laberínticos pasillos, inspírate con sus brillantes obras de arte y sonríe ante la posibilidad de concebir un mundo como lo hacía el gironés.


The Interactive Panoramic Ribera del Duero Reply

Ribera del Duero

Editor’s note: Don’t worry if you don’t read Spanish. This feature is not about text. It’s about Luis Davilla’s marvelous high-res 360º photographs of  the Ribera del Duero wine region. Enjoy!

Recorremos esta ruta enoturística por Castilla y León a través de panorámicas en HD, con paradas en localidades como Peñafiel, bodegas firmadas por Norman Foster o monasterios como el de Santa María de Valbuena.–En esta nueva entrega de imágenes panorámicas, le invita a visitar la Ribera del Duero de principio a fin y, sobre todo, a través de hermosas panorámicas en 360º. Ancestral tierra de vinos, la ruta enoturística amparada bajo la denominación de origen homónima nos muestra bodegas como las de Protos en Peñafiel (Valladolid), diseñada por el arquitecto Richard Rogers; Portia en Gumiel de Izán (Burgos), obra de Norman Foster; la de Rodero en Pedrosa de Duero, también en Burgos, o la subterránea de El Romellón, en Aranda de Duero.


Madrid “Guiris,” Favorite Hangouts Reply

Madrid Guiris Spain

El–“Guiri” is Spanish slang for “extranjero,” “foreigner.” The term can be used lovingly or quite the contrary. This article from the travel section of Madrid’s El País, the newspaper of record in Spain, features ten expat guiris resident in Madrid and, as an added attraction, their favorite hangouts. They include restaurant and bar owners, journalists, artists, handicraft people, and other creative types. These folks live here. They have a privileged point of view. Let’s accompany them on their rounds of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and hear their inside stories.


Baby Boom at Spanish Wildlife Park: In Pictures Reply

Spain hippo family

From The Telegraph, March 20, 2014–Spanish freelance photographer, Marina Cano, spent six months shooting mothers and babies at the Cabarceno Wildlife Park, 15 kilometers from Santander in Northern Spain’s Cantabria region. The resulting ever-so-tender slide show was published on The Telegraph’s website as part of their Picture Galleries series. The Carbarceno Park features some 100 species from five different continents with animals of different species living together in semi-free conditions, making it an ideal spot for Marina’s delightful mini photo safari. More…

¡Alegria!’s Benchmark Articles Collection Reply

Asturias in autumn

¡Alegría! publishes its 250th article today, March 5, 2014. We’re taking advantage of this milestone to review some of our favorite stories published over the past year and a bit. They range from Spanish photo portfolios to interviews with people who have fallen for Spain in a big way, along with stories on art, gastronomy, sport and culture.

We’re also creating a new menu category, which we will update from time to time with additional articles. We’ve called it “Featured Articles,” and you will always be able to access them directly from the menu in the left column of your screen. More…

Photogenic Storms Batter Spain’s Northwest Coasts Reply

Spain storms Basque

From El, February 10, 2014–Monumental winter storms have reached “natural disaster” proportions, leaving a trail of destruction all along Spain’s northwest coast from Galicia to the Basque Country, including Asturias and Cantabria.

These slide shows from Madrid’s El Pais newspaper give an idea of the damage done. They are also a dramatic graphic tribute to the breathtaking forces of nature. More…

Luminarias’ Controversial Flames Blaze Anew Reply

Las Luminarias fiesta

Las Luminarias is a religious festival celebrated each year in the village of San Bartolomé de los Pinares, in the province of Ávila, in honor of San Antonio de Abad, patron saint of animals. Supposedly commemorating the ritual cleansing of animals in the middle ages, this atavistic diversion consists of riding horses, donkeys and mules through a raging bonfire, occasionally with children on board as in the above photo from Madrid’s El País newspaper. It’s also an annual event for Spain’s animal defense activists.  More…

Pure Bred Spanish Horses on Show in Seville 3

Spanish Thoroughbreds 2013

This is the horsiest week of the year in Seville as they host the XXIII edition of the International Salon of the Purebred Spanish Horse 2013. (Salón Internacional del Caballo de Pura Raza Española, SICAB). This breed has traditionally been known as the “caballo andaluz,” “the Andalusian horse,” and there is now a movement to restore that name. The origins of this wonderful animal date from the misty annals of pre-Roman Spain. Today the world census numbers some 180,000 examples, resident in more that 50 countries. This annual horse show has become Seville’s most important yearly event after the April Fair and Holy Week and horse lovers come from around the world to see and participate in it.  More…

Francisco Goya – The First Modern Artist? – 2/3 2

Goya modo volarby Bart Sedgebear

.First Prints: Los Caprichos

Goya began making prints in 1792 after his illness and the onset of total deafness, and it is in this medium that his art–and Spanish visual culture– reached its highest expression. His  first series of etchings, Los Caprichos (“The Follies”), dates from early 1789.  It consists of 80 plates in which the artist, working with complete freedom, expresses, in his own words, “the censure of human errors and vices.”  The series was offered for sale in the Gaceta de Madrid newspaper but, after the Santa Inquisición “inquired” into this scandalous new form of expression, Los Caprichos were quickly and quietly withdrawn from the marketplace. More…