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An obsession with symmetry: this photographer captures the wonder of Barcelona’s building facades

Roc Isern is a technical architect and photographer based in Barcelona – a city renowned for its magnificent architecture. However, his lens, while focused on the city’s building, captures what most may look past when walking through its streets: endless symmetry.

Barcelona facades

Photographer Roc Isern captures the wonder of Barcelona’s building facades and publishes them on his incredibly satisfying Instagram account.

“I’m interested in geometrical shapes, patterns, colours and shadows, and obsessed with symmetries and perspective,” he told The Guardian, continuing that Barcelona in particular offers an “inexhaustible source of possibilities” for his photography.

Isern says the trick for his art lies in taking the photo as perpendicular as possible to the building’s facade, and ensuring the shot isn’t disturbed by any of the obstacles common in any urban landscape: trees, power lines, and street signs.

“The most visible and accessible part of the architecture are the facades, and if they are shown through photography with sensitivity and good taste, they offer a great reward,” he says.

Scrolling through Isern’s Instagram account is incredibly satisfying, with dozens of perfectly symmetrical shots, themselves arranged somewhat symmetrically on the feed.

There’s heaps to look at, so jump over to Instagram and get scrolling. You can see a bunch of our favourites below.

⠀ Santa Coloma de Gramenet. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona

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⠀ El Raval. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona

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⠀ L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona

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Casa Pomés | 1919 | Claudi Duran i Ventosa. El Gòtic. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona #🚬

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⠀ L’Eixample. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona

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⠀ L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona. #BarcelonaFacades #Architecture #Barcelona

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September 14, 2017

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