Every once in a while - I have this urge to present something more mental than visual. These are kindergarden children led by their teachers to the church thats about 60 metres from the school, within the same placa.
The place is significant. If you have seen war and known gun battles, then see the walls and you will understand.
For me, it's one of the most peaceful & beautiful squares - Placa de Sant Filip Neri in Barcelona; perhaps more so because it is also the most tragic. It was to the baroque church in this tiny square that Gaudi was travelling when he was run over by a tram in the Gran Via and subsequently died. It was also here that a Fascist bomb blast killed many people including 20 children sheltered in the church during the Spanish Civil War by Franco's forces. There is a plaque to commemorate them, and you can still see evidence of the violent past in the pockmarked stone of the church.
Perhaps it is fitting that there is a school here now, and that children play peacefully around the fountain. The trees, fountain and absence of cars give the place an almost rural feel.
The door (now closed - as seen in the photograph) to the baroque church have visible marks of splinters from the bombing that killed innocent women & children during the Civil War - impressing the viewer with the savegery of the massacre.
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ACL1978 (5783) 2012-09-05 13:57
Fascinating subject and an interesting and heartfelt note, Arunava. It's wonderful that this place can be converted into one with so much hope and education.
The photo itself succeeds despite very tough lighting. The children are nicely presented, showing their playfulness and happiness despite the evidence of suffering behind them.
snunney (67346) 2012-09-06 3:40
The lighting was very difficult here but you have managed to convey the atmosphere all the same. A very poignant note to accompany this picture that tells a story.
Silvio1953 (98183) 2012-09-06 5:40
Ciao Arunava, difficult light in a beautiful square, lovely composition with a lot of playing children, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (37356) 2012-09-07 5:00
Kids always is a good subject for any photographer, and they seem joyfull in your photo.
Great mix the shades with light coming through - gave a unique ambiance, and contrast well on the ancient facade.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (1834)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 11:46