Thursday, 12 April 2012

True to my word?

Whilst still in Thailand putting off our inevitable return to UK, I read about easyJet's Southend to Barcelona blogger competition on Travelllll.com. I entered, was shortlisted and eventually was successful based on the following pitch. 

"Aside from travel, I’m passionate about learning more about photography and I’m currently experimenting with depth of field. My feature would therefore focus on what Barcelona looks like close up. I am intrigued to find out how deep Barcelona’s proud Catalan roots grow. What does local tapas really taste and smell like? How do the people of Barcelona dress, talk and socialise? Are the city’s famous architectural, artistic and cultural offerings best viewed from afar or are they just as striking if you zoom in closer? And instead of taking a step back, are there hidden treasures to be found when you explore less trodden streets? I must have seen a thousand photographs of Barcelona, yet I have never been. In my opinion, travel writing should always try to cover and offer varied perspectives about places and so I’d love to find, photograph and capture a different depth to Barcelona."

So. Did I achieve what I set out and pitched to do?

"My feature would therefore focus on what Barcelona looks like close up....

I am intrigued to find out how deep Barcelona’s proud Catalan roots grow.

What does local tapas really taste and smell like?

How do the people of Barcelona dress, talk and socialise?


Are the city’s famous architectural, artistic and cultural offerings best viewed from afar or are they just as striking if you zoom in closer?

And instead of taking a step back, are there hidden treasures to be found when you explore less trodden streets?

I must have seen a thousand photographs of Barcelona, yet I have never been. In my opinion, travel writing should always try to cover and offer varied perspectives about places and so I’d love to find, photograph and capture a different depth to Barcelona."

Whether I discovered and photographed a different depth of Barcelona I'm prepared to leave up to you, but I for one know I certainly discovered a different side when I stumbled upon Barceloneta's nudist beach.


6 comments:

  1. At the risk of sounding like a broken record - these photos are fantastic! I was all set to comment on the second one specifically but then I noticed the balconies and the food and the erotic aerobics and the wool and ... well, you get the picture, I like your photography. So very glad to have had the opportunity to see Barcelona through your eyes (maybe I'll even get to see it through my own one day!).

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    1. Yay! Well, I'll take that as a yes I did stay true to my word :-D. The wool shop was such an unexpected bonus. Found two of them actually and bought some lovely yarn. One was called "All you knit is love", isn't that perfect!!? Thank you for taking the time to comment and am so glad you like x

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  2. These photos are great! I've been to Barcelona but haven't really seen it if that makes any sense. I would actually really like to explore the culture.

    Where abouts are you in Thailand??? I'm going there in November and it would be great to hear your stories!

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for commenting. I'm not actually in Thailand at the moment - currently in London, UK. Where are you heading in November? We explored the Andaman Sea side island and beach hopping. It was wonderful. You can read more about it clicking on this http://www.asthebirdfliesblog.com/search/label/Thailand or just searching my blog and there are a ton of photos on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/asthebirdflies. I am very jealous - you'll have a wonderful time! x

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  3. Every single photo made me smile. I think you've really captured the essence of our time over there and it's great to see Barcelona through your eyes. We should deffo go back!

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    1. Ah Kate - we had a rocking time didn't we! It was a great trip and it's great praise that you think the photos capture the mood of our trip. Will start saving for the W now! x

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