6 October - 14 October 2019
8 days, 7 nights
Invest in Experience™
Join photographers Lluis Ripoll and Wilbur Norman for an exciting and fruitful week in the beautiful Catalonian city of Barcelona, universally acknowledged as one of the greatest cities in the world!
During this week we will visit not only the well-known attractions (UNESCO World Heritage architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, etc.) but also the city as Lluis, a native-born Catalan photographer, knows it.
– Sant Andreu Market;
– Casa Calvet (a Gaudí building) that has a great restaurant inside;
– Rambla del Poblenou;
– Les Tres Creus, a panoramic scenic up the north side of Parc Güell (it's an uphill walk so most tourists don't do it!);
– a night visit to Búnquers del Carmel;
– the nooks and crannies of the Gothic Quarter, the center of life between the 13th and 15th centuries;
– the interior of Palau de la Música;
– the Joanic Olympic swimming pool in Montjuïc (if there is training on a a clear, sunny day);
– Turó de la Rovira, Búnkers del Carmel from the Spanish Civil War that overlook the city from a location opposite the Joanic Olympic pool;
– Montjuïc Cemetery;
– El Flea · Mercadillo de segunda mano (Oct 13);
– Pantà Vallvidrera, a reservoir with wildlife just outside the city
– Delta del Llobregat
– view boat racing from the deck of our own 36-meter private yacht
– and more!*
As most of our trips lean toward wilderness, ethnographic adventures, this is a rare opportunity to join us for an urban photo tour to a world-class metropolis of wonder and delight!
* Considering its wealth of photographic riches, I will be in contact with all participants to decide which of Barcelona's many sites to visit (considering some of you may have visited the city previously.)
With numerous photo books to his credit, Lluis Ripoll has deep experience as a freelance street and documentary photographer with awards in both photography and amateur cinema. He has been featured in several books of Leica photographers and has had work exhibited in Spain as well as New York City's ICP Exhibition Occupy Wall Street. Lluis considers himself a classical black and white humanist photographer with an emphasis on Barcelona, but has also photographed other areas of Spain, as well as Paris, New York, Italy and Lisbon. His 'professional' career was that of an engineer.
Skill & Physical Level: EASY - no special skill or fitness required other than that of several hours of daily walking in a large metropolitan area.
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Price: US$TBD per person/ double occupancy. CLICK on the green title, Barcelona, above, for complete details.
Our tours and workshops are in-the-field experiences open to photographers who desire to hone skills in capturing content and developing a style – all in the beautiful and engaging environs of Cuba, Venice, Barcelona, Scotland, Santa Fe, Upper Mustang and East & Southern Africa – preferably using Leica M, SL or Fuji X digital cameras with prime lenses. These systems are well suited to the classic image-making activity in which we engage: street photography & portraiture, the occasional landscape and an ability to lend 'presence' to static objects like buildings and monuments. (Tho it must be noted that 99% of viewers do not care what camera was used; they, like all of us, simply want to see great images!)
Mindfullness / Be Here Now
Just as Buddhism attempts to get one to live in the present, mindful of the now, we boost your visual story-telling by helping you focus on the image in front of you at any given moment. The knack is to create the best, most engaging and captivating photograph you can with this one chance – right now!
Digital imaging and zoom lenses often obscure this idea, submerging it deep below the level of conscious thinking. With our ability to freely churn through hundreds of images we forget that it is this one picture right now, there before us, that is the most important image we will ever make – at least until we approach the next shot!
In photography, the path we choose may include a goal, but the goal is not the end, it is simply a signpost toward which we move. Reality suggests there is no end, there is simply the journey. Taking this journey we improve our mental and physical discipline – our eye and heart, our hand and proper stances, to discover personal rhythms and our own sources of photographic power.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. – Theodore Isaac Rubin
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