Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Is There No Future?

Is There No Future?

These photos were taken at the May, 2011 Puerta del Sol, Madrid demonstrations which protested 40% unemployment among those under 30 years old in Spain.  The “Occupy” movement sprouted from this event.  In two years, things have not improved much in Europe.

For Photographers:  When converting raw images to black and white, avoid global use of the shadows and highlights adjustment sliders.


54 responses

  1. It is Puerta del Sol. 😉


    April 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

  2. Such interesting subjects in your photos.


    April 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

  3. Great photos Ron. I see the ‘occupy’ thing as espousing socialism – more government involvement and dependency in a people’s lives. But, I am almost 53 and remember a different America and world. Sorry, I don’t mean to turn this into a political forum.


    April 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    • John, this obviously is about politics. I believe your assessment of the occupy movement in the US is correct. The demonstrators are looking to the government for a hand out. Things are much worse in the so called peripheral EU countries.


      April 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

  4. Very nice photos Ron.


    April 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

  5. Love the black & white photos!!!


    April 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    • Thank you Erica. I am in love with Madrid and can’t wait to go back there.


      April 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      • I’ve never been to Madrid. I want to go to Barcelona and see the buildings by Gaudi… I’ve been there twice only in the harbour waiting for the boat to Mallorca and haven’t seen anything besides that. Too bad! 😉


        April 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        • Gaudi’s buildings are amazing, but Madrid has a heartbeat.


          April 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        • I couldn’t say since I’ve never been there. But, I believe your word on it… 😉


          April 7, 2013 at 4:06 am

  6. I was there in April 2012 and the city was full of protest – a regular occurence, which is inconvenient for tourists, but understandable when you consider the plight of the jobless.


    April 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • In 2011 there were no disruptions of tourist services. When public sector employees go on strike that cripples the entire city and damages the economy, making things worse.


      April 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  7. I was lucky enough to stay in Madrid for about four months, teaching English. I passed through there many times.

    Right to the South is the Plaza Mayor, where Torquemada did his thing.

    The photos do it justice.


    April 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    • I remember Plaza Mayor. Thank you for your visit.


      April 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      • Thanks for the photos. I actually got caught up in an anti-American rally attended mostly by Greeks and Spanish Leftists and anarchists right where you took those photos.

        It started as an anti-war (Iraq) protest and devolved as you might expect. I actually supported aspects of the war and our troops as a minority of one.

        I was almost assaulted a few times and it was wise to leave, aside from the disagreements.

        I was always supposed to acknowledge the ‘I like Americans but I hate your government’ line and find common ground. Sometimes I couldn’t bring myself to that, especially when talking to a bunch of radicals and anarchists

        Fun times!


        April 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        • Greece is in bad shape. Interesting story, you should blog it.


          April 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  8. Engaging photo series documenting a moment in time.


    April 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

  9. Sadly things aren’t much better. I think the black and white emphasizes the “drama” of the moment but perhaps that is because I can remember when our news came in black and white newsreels. Black and white means ‘serious’ news to me.


    April 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    • You are right, there has been little improvement in the peripheral countries of the EU. Black and white is about people. It mutes the colors of their clothing and emphasizes their emotions.


      April 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      • Ah yes, I can see now that is what happens. Thanks for the explanation.


        April 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  10. You have interesting subjects and you capture their moments well.


    April 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  11. I love Spain. It’s a tragedy what is happening there. You have a true photographer’s eye.


    April 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    • Thank you Malcom. Unfortunately, things are bad in Italy, Portugal and Greece too.


      April 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  12. Hi! I have nominated your blog at Very Inspiring Blogger award 🙂


    April 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

    • Please do not be disappointed, but I do not participate in the awards.


      April 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

  13. Awesome work! I’m hoping that I can have the same kind of eye for people that you have when I go to Europe this summer and take photos myself.


    April 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    • Thank you. Think about who they are and what they are trying to project when choosing your subjects.


      April 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  14. Very interesting photos. 🙂


    April 11, 2013 at 1:40 am

  15. Loved this set of images. Interesting to see what was going on.


    April 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  16. Use the curves instead of the global adjustment, right?

    This is great work by the way. Loved it. Followed. Thanks.


    February 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    • Actually, use a brush locally instead of global. It varies by what software you use. In Lightroom and ACR the shadows adjustment goes out of control quickly if used globally.


      February 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

  17. Love these! I need to get out and take people shots, lol. I’m shy hahaah.


    February 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

  18. Excellent images.


    February 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

  19. As always, street shots at it’s best 🙂


    February 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

  20. Its always nice to see photographs of the Madrid area and the rest of Spain. I was there for 4 years in 1971 – 1975 and if I remember right it was a poor country then. You had the rich and then there was the poor. Not much in between at that time.


    February 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    • Spain has improved a lot in the last few years, but still has some problems.


      February 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

  21. Sometimes we get to know more about what is happen from Blogs


    February 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  22. Great post again Ron, some wonderful pictures. I have to say though that not all of Erurope is suffering this issue and many countries in Europe have now pulled out of recession and are experiencing good growth in their economies and employment.

    To some extent the younger generation have actually contributed to the problem of high unemployment amongst their generation. Certainly in the UK, where we also see a huge percentage of under 20’s unemployed, a significant percentage of that generation aren’t prepared to put in the hard work and long hours to achieve success in life. They turn down jobs if they don’t think the pay is high enough for them and then these jobs are taken by immigrants who are prepared to work for that money.

    When I was 20 I was working 90 hours a week on a filthy, noisy and dangerous engineering shop floor and it took me three years of working those hours and giving up every day of holiday and every weekend to save up the deposit for my first house and all this while there was a big recession on too. Now the kids expect to get the same for a fraction of the hours. I don’t think us older folk had it easier back then, I just think the youth of today are not prepared to put in as much effort as we did.


    February 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  23. All the photos are amazing. My family came from Spain to the USA in the early 1900. I visit Spain in 1978. The photos made me wish to visit her again.


    February 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

    • 1978 is a long time ago. Thank you for commenting.


      February 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

      • I was station in Germany in 1977-1980. I was young once and traveled Europe. I wished I took more photos. Photos become valuable with time and separation.


        February 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        • At a very minimum, photographs are documentary at the maximum, they are fine art.


          February 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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