The vantage point project


The kindest people of Light Co. from Palo Alto, California, have invited me to join their #VantagePoint project, a really pleasant surprise.

The idea of he project is that several photographers share our favorite photographs and explain how we made them, what led us to that unique and special moment of releasing our cameras’ shutter. To my surprise, I have realized that the photograph I am presenting here for your consideration was actually shot from a real vantage point, from the highest point of view that I found to get the image that I had visualized in my mind.

Santa Caterina Market  |  EMBT  |  Barcelona

What you see here is the incredible colored tiles roof of the Santa Caterina Market in the center of my hometown, Barcelona. The roof is a huge wavy carpet that floats very lightly on the landscape of the city and traps in it all the colors of the fruits and vegetables sold in the market beneath, according to the words of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, the architects who designed the building to transform and give new life to a formerly depressed neighborhood.

I shot this photograph in one warm spring day from the terrace of a close building tenth floor from where I could see all the immense and precious market roof from above. Waiting for the noon sun on that really clean day I could enhance the sharpness and saturation of the colors as I had imagined them.

But the most important thing to me was choosing my 70-200mm zoom lens. to be able to flatten the perspective as I needed it and to do it so in several shots to get the sensation of actually diving on the roof colors. That marked the difference and determined the plasticity of the photograph.

Shooting with the camera handheld made everything flow with a special rhythm, a really easy onethat I feel is noticeable in my picture. You know that I love referring to my camera as an instrument, never as a tool. I always think that what I do with my camera is to create the music that the city is proposing to me when I look at it and photograph it.

The point is that, as Light Co. friends have shared with me, they are developing the Light L16, a compact camera that more than an instrument looks like it will be something like a full orchestra. Its concept is really innovative, it is something that I have never seen so far and that can transform the way we create our photographs.

I have the impression that somehow we are at the gates of something revolutionary and that we can be pioneers of a new way of expression.

I will love to try out the Light L16 and see what new possibilities it brings, stay tuned.


David Cardelús