Castells (human towers) (1)

Plaça de les Rodes, Banyoles (Catalonia)

For me the ‘castells‘ (human towers) symbolize an essential characteristic of Catalonia and its people: everyone working together to build and create and enjoy it. Music being part of it.

Recently I witnessed a festival of ‘colles’ from Banyoles and nearby villages and cities that was held on a square two minutes from my home. My idea was to capture all the stages of the building of a castell. This resulted to be rather complicated, because of the huge amount of people involved. Taking an esthetically interesting picture was even harder.

In the end I have selected a number of photos that are rather documentary that can give you an idea of what constructing a human tower implies, phase after phase. This first one of a nearly finished castle is the starting point of this series.