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Street Photography Tours in Barcelona

Last summer I spent several months living in Barcelona, Spain, it is a fantastic place for street photography.  Being a small city it is easily explored on foot yet offers a lot of variety for street photographers and photography in general.  With it's beautiful buildings, pretty gothic streets and long white sandy beach the city attracts more than thirty million tourists a year.  That means there are always plenty of opportunities for street photographers in the City.  Click through the slide show below to view some of the street photos I captured whilst in Barcelona:

The different areas of Barcelona offer a multitude of opportunities for street photography.  In Poble-Sec you can find street art, and skateboarders.  The multi cultural area of Raval is a street photographers dream with activity occurring throughout the day and night.  In the Raval area you also have MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) which is one of the most famous skate spots in the world.  The pretty winding streets of el Born and the Gothic Quarter can offer some beautiful lighting conditions, perfect for photography.  There are also several squares throughout Barcelona which offer a wealth of photographic potential with their street performers, hustlers and shady characters.  The beach front area can also offer some interesting street photography and the small village of Barceloneta holds regular festivals during the summer. Further afield you have Bunkers del Carmel which offers some fantastic views over Barcelona.  

Regular events throughout the summer offer further photographic options such as the Catalan tradition of human castles.  A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kəsˈteʎ]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia.  In addition, Barcelona has become a major destination for Hen and Stag parties which can produce some bizarre street images and some amusing street portraits.  

If you are interested in a street photography tour of Barcelona please send me an email at: geraintrowlandphotography@gmail.com.  Your level of photographic experience is not important, you just need a camera or smart phone and I will take care of the rest.  More of my travel photography from Spain can be found on my website, my Instagram, and my Flickr account.

Catalan Castells

A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kəsˈteʎ]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several colles castelleres (groups who construct towers) often succeed in building and dismantling a tower's structure.  

A castell is considered a success when assembly and disassembly can be done in complete succession. The assembly is complete once all castellers have climbed into their designated places, and the enxaneta climbs into place at the top and raises one hand with four fingers erect, in a gesture said to symbolize the stripes of the Catalan flag. The enxaneta then climbs down the other side of the castell, after which the remaining levels of castellers descend in highest to lowest order until all have reached safety. (Taken from Wikipedia)

A   castell   (Catalan pronunciation:  [kəsˈteʎ] ) is a  human tower  built traditionally in festivals at many locations within  Catalonia

A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kəsˈteʎ]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia

This particular castell festival took place in the centre of Barcelona on the 18th June 2017 in Placa Sant Jaume.  It is a an amazing spectacle to watch, the strength and agility of those involved is impressive.  The atmosphere is very friendly and the emotions of those involved upon completion of a castell are highly visible.  Click through the images below of this Catalan tradition and the people involved.

More of my travel photography from Spain can be found on my website, my Instagram, and my Flickr account. If you are interested in purchasing any prints, using an image online or would like further information please send me an email at: geraintrowlandphotography@gmail.com.