When you think of photographing architecture in Barcelona immediately Gaudi’s name come to your mind doubtless. But beside the worldwide famous examples of great architecture that Barcelona inherited by Gaudi and more Catalan modernism’s contemporary architects, you can still look for something unique in terms of shooting photos in town. The old Poblenou cemetery is among those places you should not miss when you think of shooting something different in Barcelona. At the begin of 19th century, an Italian architect was commissioned to design this cemetery which is located in the Poblenou district. The cemetery is rich of individual marble monuments and family’s mausolea as it was specifically designated to meet the aesthetic tastes and aspirations of the wealthy bourgeoise class and merchants of Barcelona. Famous local politicians, writers or musicians of that time are buried in this cemetery and many of their graves are interesting and impressive samples of work of art.
Actually, this is an outdoor museum of funerary art filled with marble sculptures and beautiful corners where you get plenty of shooting opportunities. Among the not to miss sculptures, the famous Beso de la Muerte (The Kiss of Death). This sculpture apparently thought to have been created by a Catalan artist named Jaume Barba is a little masterpiece. The bright marble sculpture shows death curiously represented as winged skeleton while is planting a kiss on the forehead of an handsome young man. This sculpture looks romantic and horrifying at the same time and is intensely hypnotic as well.
While it seems to transmit some eroticism through the kiss, the sculpture seems also repulsive at the same time. You can find more interesting sculptures in the same area where the Kiss of Death is located. Go there in the late afternoon for the best light and don’t forget to apply some exposure compensation when you shoot at the bright marble sculptures.
The Poblenou cemetery is located in Barcelona at the end of Avenida d’Icaria and you can easily reach it by metro (Llacuna station, L4 line) and then walk for some 700 metres or 8 minutes.