City Focus – Terrassa by Xavier Aragones

25 Jun

If you ask anyone in Catalonia about Terrassa, you will likely get one of the following answers:

1- It is an inland city, about 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Barcelona, with a population of 215,000.
2- lt played a very important role in the Catalan industrial revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
2- It is the birthplace of famed FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández.
3- It has an ancient and quite nonsensical rivalry with the neighboring city of Sabadell.

Apart from all that, Terrassa is also the city I have been living in for the last 5 years.

I have always been especially attracted to what the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales used to call “terrain vague”: abandoned lots, decaying post-industrial sites, semi-rural areas around bridges or near rivers, etc.

Lately I have been embarking on a series of early morning walks to explore and document (mostly on 35 mm film) the inner and outer fringes of Terrassa. Here are a few examples. If you wish to see more photographs from this project please visit


4 Responses to “City Focus – Terrassa by Xavier Aragones”

  1. sedge808 June 25, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    these are fab.

  2. Pavel P. June 25, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Great photos and post!

  3. gerardo dominguez June 25, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    una pena que te limiten a cinco fotos, Xavi, porque es tan fantástica cada una de ellas como la luz que muestran. Enhorabona per aquesta selecció!

  4. Xavier Aragonès June 26, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Thank you all! Moltes gràcies! 🙂

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