We at Naked Madrid launched a photo contest together with the Madrid-based art platform, A Second Art, and Boconó coffee shop from April 20-27, under the theme “Faces of the Rastro.”
The aim was to promote art in Madrid and get people even more excited about getting their cameras out, sharing their photos, and looking to capture the beauty of the Rastro flea market. It’s that simple.
And the result?
Check out the six winning photos below along with a story behind each one. These photos are also featured on A Second Art in Spanish, as well as Boconó Art Wall (calle Embajadores, 3), a family-run specialty coffee shop in the heart of Madrid.
A warm congrats to the winners and a big thank you to all those who participated. We’ll be announcing new art projects soon, so stay tuned!
1) Mark Makepeace, US
2) Chiara Giacobbe, Italy
Instagram: @chiaragiacobbe / Website: chiaragiacobbe.myportfolio.com
This photo was taken on a sunny Sunday morning at the Rastro flea market. After a while walking in the market, this talented guy drew my attention in a second, so I decided to focus on him for my project. I have been attracted by his collection of various engines, all handmade with aluminum. Really interesting stuff, especially because many people was buying from him!
3) Marcos García, Spain (two photos)
Instagram: @mis_fotos_de_madrid / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisdom acquired over the years changes the contents of your shopping cart.
They had splendid pasts apart. Now they’re friends and live together wrapped up like babies in the shelter of the Rastro.
4) Leah Pattem, UK
Instagram: @rastrolife / Website: www.madridnofrills.com
“I feel so lucky to live in the heart of El Rastro and witness a 400-year-old community of quirky characters going about their everyday lives. Sometimes it feels as though nothing has changed in all this time, especially when the local girls bust out their best moves to the flamenco blasting from the bar downstairs. El Rastro is a truly inspiring place, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.”
5) Jose Enrique Arias Valverde, Spain
Instagram: @e.arisval / Facebook: enrique.arisval
The story behind this photo… the truth is that “it’s you.” I mean, I’ve never participated in a contest or anything. Nor the idea of going out to capture people on the street with my camera. I’m more used to studios and using models to take headshots. But since I discovered Boconó, I don’t know how to explain it… the air you breathe in your café and the good vibes you bring, is what motivated me to take a few walks around the Rastro this Sunday with my camera, and here’s the result.
If you want to see the Spanish-language version of the article, visit A Second Art!