THE PLACE THAT HAS IT ALL
When I ask what makes Barcelona the best place I have ever been, it comes down to variety. Within half an hour on the underground you be can walking around the gothic quarter, bathing in the colourful shimmering light of Sagrada Familia. You can be at the top of a mountain sweating your hipster shorts off, sipping on a cold one & watching the world go by. You can be lazing on a beach going a darker shade of lobster, Or taking a stroll wearing inappropriate shoes around the marina. (I can't walk in flip flops) Such eclectic landscapes yet they don't feel disjointed & are part of an experience that I've found hard to beat.
These images are from two separate visits to the city in the space of a year. & it's actually the only place me & my wife Hannah have gone to multiple times yet wouldn't think twice about going again. (Maybe even this year) Get lost in the sun, read a little about why I love to 'put the camera down' when travelling. & experience our Barcelona in photographs.
PEOPLE POWER ~ POWER TO THE PEOPLE
I'm finding it harder these days to enjoy taking pictures of things without people. When I first started on my photographic journey of psychedelic awesomeness I wanted to capture the lot. Plants, Wildlife, Landscapes, Trees, everything but the kitchen sink & the dogs bollocks. In fact I've probably even got an edgy picture of the kitchen sink on a jaunty angle somewhere. You will be pleased to know however that I don't have a dog & my cats testicles are currently residing in a veterinarians furnace... So long fluffy grapes of kitten creation!
When I started taking pictures of people I didn't realise this was my calling, In fact quite the opposite. I remember one of my early wedding bookings saying, "I saw your pictures of some monkeys & thought, If you can make those baboons look amazing then you shouldn't have any trouble at my wedding." Needless to say they looked better than the baboons, perhaps due to the distinct lack of huge red arses. But pre wedding Ryan was in truth using photographing people as a means to enable the love of capturing everything.
Oh how times change...
EXPERIENCE OVER EXPOSURE
People are now my everything. If I see a landscape, I'm yearning for a tiny loved up couple to be in there. If I see some awesome street art, I'm waiting for a passer by to enter the frame. There are exceptions of course. But quite a lot of the time this can lead me to leaving the camera by my side & experiencing the moment. Now when I say experiencing I mean just that. Not through a viewfinder but with my own two balls. (eyeballs that is... well most of the time anyway) People have become such an intrinsic part of why I create that I struggle to find a reason to without them. & I'm ok with that. Because when I do eventually see that tiny bug, that red arsed baboon or that illusive dogs bollock. I am waiting more for that 'perfect moment' than ever before. Here's to photographing people & how they have changed the way I see... everything.
Enjoy Barcelona :-)