In photos: Capturing a different side of Barcelona

Whilst still in Thailand putting off our inevitable return to UK, I read about easyJet's Southend to Barcelona blogger competition. 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.

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before settling down with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. She collects vintage clothes, loves 70s disco music and writes stories that move you.
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