The 6th edition of the Full Colors graffiti and street art festival in Rubi took off at the end of October with 30 artists from all over Spain. 30 minutes from Barcelona, its billed as a community event in the Plaça Josep Tarradellas, neighbors from the area come and watch the artists as they are painting and get a taste for the skill and ingenuity needed to create works on walls.
The three-day event is sponsored by the civic/political Catalunya organization called Rubí Jove, which has a youth center nearby and offers a program of connecting artists with free walls in the city to paint throughout the year. In addition to the graffiti/street art jam, the weekend’s events included DJs and a lot of skateboarders getting gnarly and landing tricks all over the place.
Included in the list of this year’s edition are: Stain, Absurda Sociedad, Caneda, Idok, Ares, Teck, Mugraf, Rubicon, Chea, Atena, Kanet, Maria Die, Zoen, Obhen, Urihktr , Aker, Urih, Cayn Sanchez, Baie, Axia, Kets, Ceser, Saker, Rosa, Megui, Valiente, Jose Luis, Esme, Ruth and Maga. Photographer Lluis Olivas Bulbena stopped by Rubi and shows BSA readers some shots that he caught.
As we near the new year we’ve asked a special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for him or her. It’s an assortment of treats for you to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for the new year to come. It’s our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ for inspiring us throughout the year.
Fernando Alcalá Losa is a talented photographer from Barcelona who has been shooting artists as they create their work on the street for some time. His momentary glimpses into an artists world, or of our world from their viewpoint, are a poignant gift that Fernando captures in a way that few other photographers can.
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Date: September, 2016.
Photograph by Fernando Alcalá Losa
How important is it to show street art pieces when you are taking pics of street art? Of course, it’s important. All of us love it, don’t we?
But after years of hitting the streets, lots of walking, climbing walls, being on rooftops and sneaking into other people’s houses in order to get the best possible shot of the final result, I’m starting to think that this is not the most important issue for me.
Everyone can go for a walk and shoot a wall. Everyone. But not everyone has the chance of being there during the creative process. And this is what this shot is about.
It’s about being there, right there, feeling the energy of creation. It’s about intimacy, about detail, about the personal connection with the artist, because you were able to be that close. And not everyone can be that close, that’s for sure…
I’m grateful for having the chance of living these moments of proximity, knowing that those artists that you’re shooting at trust you and allow you to be there, right there. And this is what really matters to me as a street art photographer right now.