Friday, June 09 2017

NIELS JENSEN: BARCELONA TO PARIS

It’s a rare thing to get uninterrupted time to explore and shoot in a new country or city. I recently had that chance in taking a solo trip to Paris and Barcelona. With very little agenda and a couple cameras in tow, I set out on foot and let the diverging intersections be my guide to the varied and lively neighborhoods of both cities. When asking locals what I should see or do that might be unique, I kept getting the best advice: Just go out and explore! Get lost in the city. So that is exactly what I did.

In addition to taking in the rich history and architecture of each city, I made sure to get a little skate tourism in as well. Both cities are modern mecca’s of skateboarding in their own right. With each city allowing, and in fact, encouraging skateboarding in Place de la Republic in Paris and MACBA in Barcelona, the plazas serve as gathering places for skaters to start their sessions before fanning out into the city. I was also privileged to meet and spend time hearing some amazing experiences from iconic French skate photographer, Benjamin Deberdt. He’s spent the last 20+ years editing and shooting for numerous European skate mags, as well as shooting many of Americas biggest named pros. He’s shot and toured with everyone from Harold Hunter to Jason Dill to the legendary Mark Gonzales. He currently runs liveskateboardmedia.com, a refreshing take on covering the latest in skateboarding from not just Europe, but all over the world. I found the people of both cities to be incredibly hospitable, despite some undeserved preconceptions. Only a handful of days in each city was far too little time to really take it all in, so I’ll be back as soon as I can.

All photos taken with a Hasselblad Xpan.



MACBA, Barcelona


Parc de la Cuitadella, Barcelona


Barceloneta


Gaudi Apartment, Barcelona


Barri Gotic, Barcelona


Barri Gotic, Barcelona


2nd Arrondissement, Paris


La Basilique Sacré-Cœur de Monmartre, Paris


2nd Arrondissement, Paris


Café Lumière, 20th Arrondissement, Paris


Benjamin Deberdt, Paris


Le Louvre, Paris

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