Above and Underground in Bilbao, Basque Country

I love street photography. Since my acquisition of my two Fuji X series cameras (X100 and XT1), I have used them to follow my passion of documenting intangible and tangible cultural resources throughout the peninsula. The excellent dynamic range of the cameras allows me to capture late evening and even night shots with fantastic image quality. Street photography for me also means documenting the daily life and its sometimes changing traditions. In one photo, for example, I have placed on the lifestyles page, you can see an elderly gentleman enjoying a cigarette and a cafe con leche in a bar in Vitoria, Spain. Coffee in 2015 is still a mainstay in Spanish society, but the photo now has a definite timestamp because smoking is now prohibited in all public places and has been since 2011.

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The photos below were taken over several days walking through the streets of the casco viejo (old quarter) of Bilbao and nearby adjacent neighborhoods. Some photos are also of Bilbao’s excellent and modern underground metro system. Above ground I wanted to photograph the social mores of bar/cafe life – something very popular and common in Basque and greater Spanish society. A slice of urban life from the Basque Country in 2014-2015. Enjoy.

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