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The kiss

The kiss
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25979] (125663)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-06
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Event, Decisive Moment
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-04-15 0:45
Viewed: 1773
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the morning on my last day in Barcelona a very unpleasant thing happened: my Camera broke down. It happened for the second time, before it was on the first day of the trip to Kazakhstan. Well, I had also with me a small compact samsung. But after some pictures the battery was empty. I have a power bank, but I did not expected such a situation and it was left in my hostel. So I took my mobile and made a few pictures. You could imagine how it is to se beautiful things and not to be able making picture, wrrrr. When I was hurrying to the hostel and then to the airport, I saw this mural. I could still make three photos, but I would love to explore it better.

It is the original mural El mundo nace en cada beso - the world is born with every kiss. It is a fotomosaic in Old Town in Barcelona.

The origin of this photocomposition is found in the tricentennial of the Catalan defeat in the War of Spanish Succession (September 11, 1714), which gave rise to the celebration of Catalonia Day. The initiative came from the photographer Joan Fontcuberta in collaboration with El Periódico de Catalunya, and consisted in the elaboration of a mural composed of photographs sent by the readers of El Periódico, which together would form an image. The subject required for the photographs was "living free". With them 4000 tiles of ceramic were formed, distributed in 50 rows of eighty tiles each, which together form the image of kissing lips. It was installed in a wall near the private garden of a house in the square of Isidre Nonell and, although in principle it should be an ephemeral installation, the Barcelona City Council decided to leave it permanently. The mural was inaugurated on July 3, 2014 by the Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Xavier Trias.

I will upload these two other pictures as Workshops.

I wish you all Happy Easter!

Bigger beta picture

Three girls exploring the mural

Close up with the view of the photos

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
  • [2017-04-15 1:02]

Hello Malgo,

I find your picture fantastic taken with mobiele Phone, if I everything good understand.
Your picture is wonderful taken.
Perfect clear and sharp.
Colours and presentation are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice Easter weekend,

Bonjour, chère Malgo,
A travers cette très belle composition, l'on peut se demander ce qu'il reste aux gros appareils photos.
La mise en image est excellente.

Hello Malgo,
A fascinating mural captured under a beautiful warm light. The boy lying sprawled against it makes an interesting contrast. Excellent technical quality. Smart phones come in useful sometimes though I am not a great fan of them. Good luck with your main camera; is it the same problem as before? Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2017-04-15 1:37]

Hi Malgo. No wonder your camera took a holiday or a "sickie" as they say here when someone pretends to be sick so as not to go to work. I am sure it was overworked belonging to you. You still managed to take a great shot of a highly original mural. Nice composition as well on your part. Pozdrav. Klaudio.

Hello Malgo

I had to go searching for an overview shot to work out the context of this segment.


It was a great decision by the Barcelona authorities to leave this 'temporary' exhibition as a permanent public display. Tfs!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9856 W: 157 N: 16038] (126419)
  • [2017-04-15 2:01]

Czesc Malgosiu!
U Ciebie wesolo, mozaika robi wrazenie.
Chlopaszek fajnie zapozowal.
Super kolorystyka.

Wiosennych Swiat dla Ciebie i bliskich!!!

Krzysztof i G.

Hello Malgo,
I don't want to sound ironic, but with a mobile phone like that you don't really need another camera. This is probably my favourite of all your Spanish photos. It's an interesting, eye-catching, bright and well cropped photo and there is an interesting story to come with it, well complemented by the workshops. I am surprised to find that boy sitting there, but he certainly does wonders for your composition. What a great idea to put this splendid work of art here, and what a great idea to let it remain.
I think Klaudio may have a point: you probably force your camera to work too hard. You can't take 2,000 photos a day and expect nothing to happen ;-)
Happy Easter,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2017-04-15 3:07]


quelle vue quel fond ce mur colorée avec tous les petits dessins dans lews carrés et quel jeue assi à terre quelle position sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao cara Malgo, great view of fantastic mosaic, lovely composition with nice young boy, fine details, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Dear Malgo,

Against all the odds, you created a very beautiful picture! I have join Gert and fave your picture!

Best Wishes,

Witaj Malgo
I am back ......
It took me a while to understand what the mural was really showing, despite your good explanation. For me it is the boy sitting in front of the mural that really makes this composition a real eye catcher.
I know the frustrating feeling of a camera braking down during a trip. It has happened twice to me as well. First time my beloved D90 got soaked during an unexpected downpour in Iceland. Luckily enough I had an old D80 as backup with me. More recently my D610 gave way when a piece of the shutter came loose in midst of the grand mosque in Abu Dhabi with still almost two weeks of Oman in front of us. As at this time I didn't had a back up with me, we spent most of the next time running around the shopping malls in Abu Dhabi in search of a cheap replacement as budget was a tad bit stretched. Even tough I was able to record our time in Oman with a small Nikon bridge camera, I still was upset. There where so many subject that would have profited from a full frame camera and many projects as long time exposures of the night sky in the desert or photographing rare species of birds close up where not possible then.
have a great easter weekend

Ciao Malgo

Tu nous raconte une histoire d'horreur avec ces caméras qui font les difficiles juste au moment où on ne veut pas que cela arrive. Ton téléphone a bien récupéré devant cette belle murale.



Czesc Malgosiu
Swietnie skadrowane, a siedzacy na chodniku chlopiec to super dodatek do zdjecia, w dodatku ubrany w kolory pasujace do malowidla na scianie. Az trudno uwierzyc, z ze to przypadek.
Wspolczuje problemow ze sprzetem! Wiem, jakie to denerwujace, kiedy fotograf musi sie koncentrowac na sprawach technicznych, zamiast na pracy tworczej.
Pozdrawiam i raz jeszcze zycze radosnych Swiat Wielkanocnych.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3446 W: 0 N: 7969] (57313)
  • [2017-04-15 7:55]

Czy to mural, czy mozaika bardzo mi sie podoba, a chlopak nawraca widza na realny swiat z mrzonek na muralu
Wesolych Swiat, ale nie zlanych deszczem
pozdrawiam Ryszard

Hello Malgo, I am a great fan of this type of picture, a photocomposition; how do they do it?

The boy really makes the shot work, we need him as the focal point, but then we start to look at all the tiles.
Thanks for the close up shot to complement this one.
Taken with your mobile? Excellent quality.
Happy Easter.
Regards Jean.

Ciao Malgo
gran bella serie di foto, difficile valutare la migliore.
In ogni caso questa mi piace molto e i colori del ragazzo sono perfettamente in sintonia con il mosaico alle sue spalle.
Buona Pasqua

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2017-04-15 16:22]

Czesc Malgo
Ciekawy "mural" Bylem po wspomnianej przez ciebie dacie w B., ale widocznie nie dotarlem do tego miejsca. Ciekawy pomysl i Twoja realizacja

Hello Malgo,
This photo is a real gem. Both the mosaic, and the young boy sitting in front of it, are extremely photogenic. The boy's pose is great, and your framing creates the strongest visual impact. I also like the WS photos. It's amazing to see this work of art up close, and realize how unique each individual tile is. Wishing you a Happy Easter! :-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2017-04-15 16:58]

Hi Malgo,Happy Easter to you too and thanks to shuw these 3 pics about this big and curious murales,top quality as usual! Luciano

Witaj Malgo, and a Happy Easter to you and all of your family!

If mastership means the capability of continuing work even with the "poorest" means without remarkable restrictions in the result - then you're a master.
This is outstanding!


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15707 W: 159 N: 27472] (144116)
  • [2017-04-16 8:44]

Hi Malgorzata
WOW c'est une merveille pris avec ton tél, les couleurs et la composition, est magnifique, belles versions aussi en WS
Happy Easter to you too

Hello there! Great picture with strong colours. The boy is sitting just in the right place. His shoes a perfect match too. Well framed, well done.

Good morning Malgo,
Fascinating stuff. the collage is a wonderful idea, prevailed by orange tone. The kid sitting in front gave both scale and life to the still scene.
Have a nice new week,

Hello Malgo
A sad story illustrated with some marvellous pictures. Your story tells how spoiled the modern photographer are. When your camera break down there is still another smaller one available and when that one is also useless we have still out smartphone. And all three possibilities gives pictures of a quality you dreamed of 20 years ago. We did get used to this modern times and right we are.
Have a nice day
Groet Rob

Hi Malgo
one of your best posts ever!
brilliant shot, brilliant subject material. and yes, the boy sitting here makes the scene that much better.
love the WS too. such an amazing piece of art.
Sorry to hear about your camera though.

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