After a couple of days away in Barcelona, I'm now back in London and back in the blogging groove. And as I've been shooting in a new city, I wanted to ask how important do you think a change of location is to your photography?
Speaking to a number of people over the last few weeks, they mentioned they were in a bit of a lull, treading over familiar ground in London, and feeling a little uninspired. I can totally understand when people say this, as I seem to end up visiting the same areas in London, either consciously or subconsciously finding my way to the Southbank, the Barbican estate, or the Shoreditch area. Not that this is a bad thing, as these are great London locations and I haven't felt uninspired as of yet. But I felt it would be good for me to shoot in a city I’m not familiar with, and to see whether a change of scenery is a good practice to pursue on a regular basis. Plus it would be nice to go somewhere with a greater chance of sunshine and warmer weather, and it will also give me the opportunity to gain more Ryan Air loyalty points (I'm only 10,000 away from a free packet of Quavers!)
I didn't really have an idea as to what Barcelona would be like for street photography, and whether the Catalans would be accepting of close up photographers, but I was excited to be there, and going to enjoy it nevertheless.
It was early evening when I arrived, so there was still a bit of light left to the day; and as I wanted to make the most of the little time I had there, after I had checked in to my apartment, I freshened up and ventured straight out to get a feel of the area and the people. Here are a couple of shots I got that evening.
As nobody really paid any attention to my camera the night before, I was even more excited about the next day. And as it was going to be my one and only full day there, I wanted to see as much of the city as possible. I intended to get shots using the amazing urban landscape that Barcelona has to offer, and to capture some portraits of it’s interesting people too. Here are the shots from this day.
What I noticed and loved about Barcelona was how much slower the pace of the people was moving at, and how less busy the pavements were. Because of this, it allowed me to observe my surroundings in greater detail, and have a sharper eye for the people that took my interest. Some of the architecture is simply stunning, and has to be seen in person to really appreciate the craftsmanship of the work and genius of the design, especially all the Gaudi buildings and the gothic quarter; absolutely breathtaking.
After having this short break in an unfamiliar city, it has really whetted my appetite for more photo trips in the future. Whether those trips will be in the UK or further afield, it’s something I will do to keep my passion for street photography burning, and my creativity flowing.
How important do you think it is to change your surroundings for photographic inspiration? And in which city would you most love to shoot street photography?
Thank you again for reading; I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and hope you have a great weekend.
Until next time, happy snapping,