Barcelona vertical

 A personal vision of Barcelona through the most unusual photographic format, the vertical panorama.

The author portrays the dynamism, the instability and the energy of the city inverting the classic landscape panorama and transforming it into a serie of cinematic vertical sequences.

All photographs within this collection were conceived and composed straight in a true panoramic camera without any cropping or alteration; black borders of the original negative film rebate have been included in the prints.

Each frame was handcrafted onto silver gelatin-based fibre paper by the photographer using a traditional darkroom, as an integral part of the process in search for the expression of his black and white vision.

About the exhibition

Barcelona has no horizon. It has been lost. Maybe since medieval walls were built.

The city's ambitions encroached on the horizon, the domain of the landscape, stretching beyond earth to the skies, across the expanse of the sea and the mountains.

The panoramic format of the photographer lends itself to the natural landscape, whose beauty opens up another world, beyond that of the city confines. In nature, the panorama is open and balanced in form; in the city, dwelling of man, such beauty is transfigured beyond our own horizon... of nature. But utilizing the panoramic camera, the photographer's vision has been turned by this synthesis of the urban perspective with the natural format of the landscape. The energy of this union brings a dynamic and unstable compositional form: The vertical panorama.

Searching for that new perspective, and abstracting the very essence of the city’s form, BARCELONA VERTICAL has been a photographic pursuit of the city's beauty, seeking to extract a moment of silent grace within the noisy chaos of the modern life, freezing time in black and white purity, the color of the past. Because those who do not perceive beauty are doomed to destroy it... Let's listen to the beauty!
                                                                                                                                                                          Søren Berenguer 

Søren Berenguer

Trained as Engineer, produced some musical videos, documentary and fiction prize-winning shorts before focussing in analogue photography.

Passionate of alternative processes, learned darkroom crafts in the United Kingdom with some of the last master printers, trying to recover the magic of creating handmade prints working in evocative monochrome.

Shots his photographs using medium format cameras, vintage lenses and expired film, in search of images of vulnerable and ethereal beauty.

Now based in Barcelona, he has documented the city for 6 years in Black and White on a true panoramic film camera for his first publication, 'Barcelona Vertical', a stunning vision of the urban landscape through the most unusual perspective.

Place: Sala Polivalent de Can Rafart. Parc de can Rafart. Vilassar de Dalt