Barcelona Photo Workshop:
Stories from the Field
Our Gallery Show!
July 14, 2016
It’s hard to believe but we are already done, and oh what photographers we have! Their talents were showcased tonight in our gallery show, visited by friends, family, and the general public. Everybody was surprised at the caliber of photography, and our students really enjoyed the evening as well. We will always cherish the memories of this evening. Here are some photos of our memorable night.
Here’s a taste of the students’ incredible photography:
Learning from History
July 9, 2016
Sometimes you go out looking for history, and sometimes history catches up with you. We’ve experienced both today. Students had the chance to visit some beautifully preserved medieval cities, Girona and Besalú. Girona was a big hit with some as many scenes from “Game of Thrones” were filmed there, and Besalú had its own unexpected surprise in store for us. What was to be a short stop ended up being a lesson in the history of photography.
At the entrance of the city, a photographer with an antique large format camera offered to take our pictures. Students then got to experience how difficult it was in the early days of photography to snap and develop a photo. They keenly followed along with every step of the procedure. And then, they were able to finally hold the printed photo in their hands, something that we don’t often enjoy anymore.
July 6, 2016
Here we are, all of us, enjoying the warmth and the beauty of Barcelona. What a day we’ve had! After a morning discussing as a group our hopes and expectations for this trip, we jumped into a few hours of instruction from our National Geographic expert Tino Soriano. Then, our heads full of inspiration, we headed out to visit the architect Gaudí’s masterpiece, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica.
And what a splendor it is. It should be everyone’s goal to visit the Sagrada Familia at least once in their life. The students were awed by the experience, some standing with mouths agape, some snapping as many photos as possible. This was a wonderful opportunity for our instructors to help the students deal with the exposure challenges of a high-contrast environment.
Then walking through the city, our students had lively, laugh-filled interactions with the locals, and they attempted some street photography. We can’t wait to see some of the fantastic images our students have created today.
Tomorrow we are looking forward to learning more about another famous son of Catalonia, Salvador Dalí, as we take a day-trip to Figueres and Cadaqués. Stay tuned!
Interview with Student Alum Kate M.
November 2, 2016
How would you describe the community you traveled with on your photo workshop?
This was the first time I had really traveled without my family, and essentially, with a group of strangers. The whole trip was exactly what I hoped it would be. Our group made friends with each other quickly, and everyone seemed adventurous and excited to do something new. My leaders played every role: friend, teacher, travel agent, temporary parent. They wanted us to go home with great stories and better photos. Our expert, Tino Soriano had unstoppable energy. He was always inspiring his students to create photos that were personally meaningful.
Photographing Catalan Culture
August 12, 2014
During our time in Barcelona and the surrounding villages, we’ve been trying to capture the spirit of Catalan culture through our writing and photography! Inspiration has come from the extravagant Sagrada Familia, the tiny alleys of Besalau, the marvelous mountain views in our expert Tino Soriano’s hometown of Banyoles, and the intensity of local flamenco dancers, among many other things. Enjoy some of our photos documenting our adventures over the past few days:
Human Towers and the Sagrada Familia
January 24, 2014
Sometimes your travel timing just works out. Today was one of those days. We found out that a Catalan Cultural Festival was taking place in the early evening in central Barcelona, so we planned our day to be sure to make time to attend. We spent the morning editing photographs and writing in our On Assignment groups, and then met up as a group in Cathedral Square for the start of the festival. Upon arrival in the square we were greeted by the sounds of the sardana, a traditional Catalan dance. Men and women of all ages joined arms and danced around the square in circles. In between dances, many of the participants were happy to pose for portraits and speak with students.