Hi! Guest blogger and student Leah Schneider here!
During the past 7 classes of the photography major with teacher Alex Irondile, I’ve learned tons about the theory and technicalities of photography as well as seeing the beauty of some amazing Barcelona towns. Before Abbey Road, I had experiences with photography from classes at my high school and a previous program to Israel last summer. My school gave me the opportunity this summer to do a photography program and present an exhibit of my work and, after seeing how much Abbey Road emphasizes on photography emerged in different environments, I knew this program was perfect for me. So far with Alex we’ve explored new color palettes, complex composition, and creating two stories out of one photo. I have a specific interest in street photography and candids, and Alex has given direct attention to this.
Most recently, we toured around the busier areas of El Born and used our new skills in street photography. Our small group of three, (Alex, fellow student Henry Young, and I) have created somewhat of a schedule of ourselves so we can intertwine, theory, shooting, and plenty of coffee breaks in 3 hours. Despite the easy access to street photography material, we have also learned about studio work, architecture photography, fashion shoots, and animal/nature photography. In any normal day, Henry and I would arrive by the Ping Pong table in the basement of Onix, and head out on an adventure to a new spot. We went to the tourist-filled Sagrada Familia, the intense Plaza de Toros Monumental de Barcelona, and pigeon infested Parque de la Ciutadella. After taking at least an hour taking photos with a few breaks to talk about theory, we gather at any nearby cafe for some coffee and always, chocolate croissants. In this time, Alex helps us practice our Spanish with both employees and by talking about photography. After more shooting time, we returned back to the Onix soon before noon to download and edit our photos.
Our society is stuck to screens 24/7, so I believe a photographers job is to lift people's heads and draw attention to new stories, new perspectives, and new places. We still have a few more classes to go until my 2.5 week session is over, and I'm thrilled to learn more and taking plenty of photos. Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy some of the photos I’ve taken thus far.