A Claudia le encanta tomar, fotos pero hasta el momento no sabía como repetir esas fotos tan chulas que siempre había hecho. ¨…las hago pero cuando me preguntan como la he hecho, no lo sé…” nos comentaba, mientras atravesamos la plaza del Macba, Claudia tiene 18 años, sus padres le regalaron la cámara y sus amigas un Photocircuit para que despejara todas las dudas que pudiera tener sobre la fotografía.
Nos encontramos en Pl. Universidad un sábado en la mañana y en poco tiempo ya había entendido el funcionamiento básico así que nos lanzamos a recorrer el Raval, parando en lugares para tomar fotos y aclarar conceptos, mientras nos reíamos con las anécdotas del camino, los pescados de la Boqueria, la fuente de la Massana y las flores de la Rambla. Fue una mañana divertida y muy enriquecedora para ambos.
Gracias Claudia y esperamos verte de nuevo!! con muchas fotos espectaculares 🙂
For three weeks on Tuesday and Thursday our urban photography course took place last July.
This time 19 people enjoyed the city trough their cameras and learned a little more about how to observe, capture and frame urban life in Barcelona.
Some of the participants were already skilled amateurs interested in getting better images and some others were beginners with compact cameras, who today were asking advice about the new camera they want to buy.
It is always a pleasure to notice people learning things they like and see them being capable of getting rid of the fear of touching buttons and changing settings in their cameras. I am always happy to get to the last session, see the results and hear them talking about apertures, composition and better colors.
For me, the best session was held last Tuesday, when visiting La Boqueria market. They were starting to understand the need for observation, How to control the impulse of shooting without thinking but thinking and observing before pushing the button. We were there, looking for moments or situations that may catch our attention. But looking for this type of things never work. The way to find them, was staying still for a while and observing everything that happened around us, like being fully conscious of that place and that time. Only then, lots of incredible characters and situations showed up.
Looking at the pictures the group took, I certainly got to know them a little bit better…..
These were only 12 hours to short time to learn a lot but a lot of time to get closer.
It was Sunday of course, and Alejandra and her friend wanted to enjoy a typical Barcelonian Sunday, so they decided to take the ciutadella park circuit. This a perfect sunny sunday where the park gets filled with amazing people enjoying themselves, children, dogs, picnics and music.
markets happen not very often here but this time it provided a perfect scenery to explore high and low speed, sing the flash under the sun and learning about long and short distance portrait. we were lucky most people where friendly and relaxed about it. Alejandras camera was pretty small and compact but for the day we took the best of.
Now she is willing to buy a new one since now she really knows, she enjoys taking pictures in sunny days.
Downtown Barcelona is a place you could visit as many times as you like and will always be full of surprises.
Architecture is the first thing you will be amazed about, hundreds of amazing buildings from different times and styles will catch your eye one after another. from Passeig de Gracia to Via Laietana, to the Roman Walls, to El Raval, you may get a neckache looking up. Quite enjoyable, downtown architecture reveals part of the history, the lifestyle and the stories behind the windows.
Downtown Barcelona By Photocircuits
Then comes people.
Barcelona has become a multicultural city where you can find locals from anywhere. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know who lives there and who is visiting. All races, all nationalities and most of all mixes This magic city has attracted Latinamericans, Germans, Chinese, Brits, french, Arabs, Italians, Americans, and people from Africa and the rest of the Mediterranean. You can find surprising couples and groups of friends, amazing hairstyles, tatoos, clothing and music in the local cafés.
And after that then come the shops, the restaurants and the landmarks….I live downtown barcelona since 2007 walk it everyday and honestly feel I still got a lot to discover here.
It was very fun developing a group activities for teenagers from STS Travel in Canada.
Treasure Hunt by Photocircuits Barcelona
Photo Treasure Hunt Across downtown Barcelona was an exciting adventure where 15 teenagers from Langley Fine Arts School in Surrey ( Vancouver).
Featuring some of the most interesting and not so well known spots in downtown Barcelona they had to identify, find and make a cool pic of unexpected locations as Arkham Comics, Tivoli Theater, Canaletas Fountain Els Tres Gats, and other cool spots in less than 2 hours, Competing against eachother the teams could ask qiestions, achieve points and win depending on how smart they were and how cool the pictures came out.
When we received the booking from this client it was s very nice one. She wrote because she found Photocircuits featured at the New York Times Travel section on-line. I got curious she said and visited the website.
We talked about nice places to visit in Barcelona on a Sunday and she chose Gaudi´s Park Guell one of the most amazing pieces of his work. We spent 3 hours there, she had a pocket camera useful enough to have some manual settings, she discovered flash in the daylight, aperture and angles. I was very glad to also talk with her about her work and the satisfactions it grants her everyday.