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These November days I visited Barcelona and being attracted i.a. by The David Tevar’s (aka light) theme Ramblas, during my few hours stolen from my duties I ran to La Rambla (or Las Ramblas) to see live statues and many other interesting things.
I took a liberty to contribute to the David’s theme with this scene which was interesting not only for the live statue itself, not so steady as a statue should be (maybe due to the colder weather or less attention on a working day out of season)
- this curious figure was expressing his discontent when photographed without paying, frightening young women passing by without “due” attention paid to him and inviting paying viewers to sit next to him for photographs, or for a short chat, or for joining him reading…
The viewer on the picture was much more patient – he was staring at him motionless and from the safe distance observing his actions for many minutes with a puzzled, exploratory-focused and maximum concentration expression on his face (“my goodness! what’s this? what is he doing, and why?!“) He left only when his wife made her shopping in the nearby famous Boquería market and pulled him away.
Frankly, I was also wondering what it was – some personage from for me unknown drama, a specific form of Mephisto, or a pure game of fantasy. However, this performance, as others on Ramblas, was funny and pleasing despite a really ugly salamandrous coloring of the unidentified hero.

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