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Living Statues

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Street Performers

I was watching the movie “Biutiful” starring Javier Bardem, and one scene reminded me of these images I took in Barcelona and Madrid last year when I was travelling in Spain and Morocco. In the scene, some African street vendors were being chased by police down Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and the angel (top left) broke her pose for just an instant to see what was going on.  These street performers are artists who pose all day like statues in hot weather conditions or in the rain!  Apart from changing position when you put one euro in their tin, they generally keep completely still.

In the bottom left image, taken on Plaza del Neptuno in Madrid, can you tell which one of the two statues is a real statue, and which one is a person?

  1. January 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Nice shots. great film!

  2. January 16, 2012 at 2:59 am

    To hazard a guess, is the guy on the left the real one? GREAT shots 🙂

  3. January 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Hi, Alicia, Good idea! I have some that I made in Florence a couple of years ago and will add them to my site (with a link to yours, of course), probably tomorrow. Yours are all good, but the wings are spectacular!

    • January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Would love to see the ones you’ve taken in Florence! Thanks for your comment. It was fun photographing them 🙂

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  5. January 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, I can’t sit still for 5 minutes! These are great images, it’s hard to tell they are real people.
    I’m with Marina, the guy on the left?

    • January 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Sorry Karen and Marina. It’s actually the guy on the right! It was pretty hard to tell even being there, until I realised the guy on the left never blinked … 🙂 It was very clever, because the guy on the right appears to be sitting on air.

      • January 17, 2012 at 7:26 am

        That’s some stamina and endurance for you. Amazing!

  6. January 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Love the images of the living statues! Reminds me of Plaza del Sol in Madrid! 🙂

  7. Todd Materazzi Photography
    January 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm


    It is so wonderful to find your blog and the expression of these artisans; posing for their purpose. Incredible.

    Great B&W!


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