re-Vision

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAY BOERSMA

Photographs of the work of Antoni Gaudí
About these photographs…

I've wanted to visit Barcelona since first seeing the work of Antoni Gaudí in art history books when I was a student. Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Güell, the Sagrada Família—I had seen enough photographs of these places to build considerable curiosity and establish a strong desire to experience them firsthand.

I suppose I expected some kind of mad-genius hybrid of Walt Disney, Theodor Seuss Geisel and Frank Lloyd Wright—studies in unrestrained excess and over-the-top design.

The last thing I expected was to be profoundly moved by Gaudí's work but, to my surprise, that is what happened. His remarkable use of natural forms, the exquisite and uncompromising craftsmanship of his execution, and, of particular significance to me as a photographer, the way in which he incorporated light into the very essence of his architecture quite literally awed and inspired me.

Barcelona, with its diverse population, intense individualism, tortured history, and remarkable appreciation for the aesthetic potential of everyday life seems the perfect, perhaps only, place for Antoni Gaudí to have accomplished all that he did.

These photographs were made during a regrettably short, one-week visit to Barcelona in March of 207. The categories on the left are primarily to help arrange them into smaller, more manageable groups, but there is considerable overlap from one category to the next and the photographs actually work best as a single large montage—like the broken bits of ceramic tile in a Gaudí mosaic.

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Back to Square One
Beecher, Illinois
Iceland 2017
The Built World
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Providence, Rhode Island
Along the Mississippi River
Chicago's Reliance Building
Semblance Portrait Project
Greece 2013
Eastern Europe 2013
Simple Truths
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Paris, France
Puebla, Mexico 2009
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Barcelona 2007
The Work of Antoni Gaudí 2007
Rome, Italy 2006
Santa Fe, New Mexico 2006
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