Márton Mogyorósy shows us a side to Barcelona we bet you haven’t seen before, rising above the terracotta houses and over the sea.
There’s nothing quite like a city-break, wandering the streets for hours just trying to take it all in. Sometimes you can feel like you’re never going to see everything; and you’d be right.
But what about in a drone?
Photographers and filmmakers now have a tool that is unlocking sights and scenes previously exclusive to those wealthy enough to afford a helicopter. Drones have faciliated so many new, creative projects from independant photographers, just like this one from Márton Mogyorósy.
The Hungarian photographer has been experimenting with drones for a while, since he was gifted one on his 18th birthday.
Barcelona From Above is his latest project, which brings a new perspective to the metropolis on the coast.
Barcelona is a very bustling and busy place, and like all great cities, you can’t escape the noise; tall buildings leading to crossroads and people everywhere you go.
However in this project, the drones take you out of that, into the quiet space above. You almost feel like you’re invading into the false sense of privacy of the residents, peering onto the rooftops and balconies.
Mogyorósy was also keen to show off the geometry of the architecture, highlighting the rigid and set grids that define the city.
He was also keen to photograph Ricardo Bofill’s Walden 7, an apartment complex named after a utopian community from 1940s sci-fi novel Walden Two. Built in 1975, this quirky building houses around 450 units and has two private pools on the roof.
An explosion of colour and looking like something out of a Wes Anderson film, it’s really a treat for the eyes.
“Bofill’s utopian vision is photogenic from everywhere.”
Barcelona is also heavily influenced by it’s neighbour just beyond the golden sand; the Mediterranean sea. Giving a nod to the beach culture, he has also photographed where the city meets the sea.
Barcelona is clearly a city defined by edges, with the drone shots stressing the orderly form in which the architecture places itself. What you lose with the drone shots is the chaos happening below, and at ground floor, you certainly wouldn’t think it was a city of strict lines and order!
But what HEKKTA likes about the project is the fresh perspective that you get from looking over the photos, above the noise, able to see how the architects who first designed the city saw it in their heads.
With many architecture and engineering greats such as Antoni Gaudí and Ildefons Cerdà gracing the city, it’s nice to say we can have a glimpse at what their vision was. Even if it is from behind a computer screen.