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.

Photo by trip leader Gaston Lacombe.

Photo by trip leader Gaston Lacombe.

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.

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