Photo objective: the Alhambra, the marvel of Granada

Photo lens: the Alhambra, the wonder of Granada


A funny memory comes to mind. I grew up in a village called Granada. For this reason, it is not surprising that I have had an attachment to this appellation since childhood. In fact, my Granada is located in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. It is therefore with a great deal of toponymic curiosity that I headed for the “true ” Spanish Granada.

Located in the south-east of Andalusia, this city offers magnificent urban panoramas, against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the recommendation of my friend Gary Lawrence, I begin my exploration with the gypsy quarter of Sacromonte. He insisted that my route absolutely had to take the narrow streets of the Albaicín, an Arab-inspired hillside site. I then spend part of the afternoon walking in the streets and alleys of the two historic districts. As the sun approaches, the Andalusian sky is tormented. 

I still don't know what to expect when it comes to light. Gypsy music resonates between the walls and pleasantly guides me to the Mirador de San Nicolás. In this small square, people dance to the sound of intoxicating music. Suddenly, the last ray illuminates the splendid palace of the Alhambra which I plan to visit in the next few hours. 

Camera: Canon EOS R6 MKII

Lens: RF 105mm

Exposure: 1/80s at F/6.3

ISO: 250