Catalonia’s Human Towers: The Art Of Castells

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Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP Photo

The 26th annual Human Tower Competition took place in the city of Tarragona in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” (or teams) compete to build the tallest and most structurally-complex towers. The structure of the “castells” varies depending on their complexity. A “castell” is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. Continue reading »

Underwater Photographer Jordi Benitez Castells Captures Jellyfish Off Spanish Coast

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The incredible detail in each photo is thanks to Jordi Benitez Castells, years of experience taking photos while diving. Jordi, 40, from El Vendrell, Spain, was in Catalunya when he took the photos and managed to get the snaps at about three metres below the surface in most cases. While he works full-time in a bank, Jordi dons his wetsuit out of hours to go diving and uses a Canon 7D to get his shots. Here: One of the beautiful jellyfish. Continue reading »