Unique series of images of Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona

David Cardelús is a renowned Spanish architecture photographer, making beautiful work in a beautiful country. He has recently portrayed the Casa Batlló of Antoni Gaudí. I am thrilled that he was willing to share this work in this guest blog.

Casa Batlló, masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. Photograph by @David Cardelús.

Casa Batlló: UNESCO World Heritage

The Casa Batlló at Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia is one of Antoni Gaudí UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city and sure one of the most visited and photographed buildings in the whole planet.

What can you actually do when you are a Barcelona raised architectural photographer and you get commissioned by Casa Batlló to portray the work of a genius like Gaudí? Maybe then the most difficult part of the assignment is to really stop and trying to completely forget the almost daily relationship you have with the building –fifteen minutes walking from my place– because otherwise you will never be able to see it aesthetically.

Casa Batlló, masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. Photograph by @David Cardelús.

Discovering the layers

There are many layers in the Casa Batlló but, if you are trying like me to photograph any of Antoni Gaudí’s works, you will immediately realize that the first one is the visually appealing impact of the simplest lines, colors and forms that actually make them.

It is by establishing the harmony of the elements on that first graphically enticing layer that you can try to build your frame and photograph the building so people can dive into your pictures and recognize into subsequent fascinating layers the hidden order of details that makes the work of Gaudí so incredibly unique.

I guess that, as an architectural photographer, I find no difference in photographing contemporary and heritage architecture … but any of my previous assignments can be compared to photograph Antoni Gaudí at the Casa Batlló.

About David Cardelús

As an experienced architectural photographer, David specialises in the photography of contemporary architecture, creating compelling images that are both artworks and specific communication tools.

His photographs have been acclaimed for their distinctive graphical plasticity. A Fine Arts background has developed David’s particular appreciation of light, form and colour and his discerning eye for serene, minimalist compositions that distill the vision of the architects he works for.

David carefully plans, shoots and processes all photographs himself, using state of the art digital technologies.

Based in Barcelona, David travels all over the world to fulfill his assignments.