Barcelona with National Geographic Student Expeditions

I’m halfway through my month in Barcelona teaching photography and trip guiding. My first trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions just ended and my second trip with Putney Student Travel began yesterday! I love this job. It’s a crazy mix of shooting, teaching, entertaining, and chaos management. Personally, I think it has all the ingredients for a great reality show. Barcelona is the perfect setting for teaching travel photography and photojournalism in the Nat Geo style. I loved watching my students jump right in and abandon their comfort zones in order to become better photographers. My 3 co-leaders are each amazing photographers and fabulous people to hang out. I miss them already, since we were kind of a dream team. We had the absolute pleasure of having the National Geographic photographer extraordinaire Tino Soriano join us for the entirety of our workshop! Tino began our trip with the best advice for photographers, “This workshop will half be about learning to take good photos, and half be about learning to enjoy your life. Because you cannot take good photos if you do not enjoy your life.” Snaps to that Tino, you photographic genius. Here’s a few of my shots from the past few weeks…

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Of course, we visited Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

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Visited the Dali Museum in Figueres…

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Went to a total hipster artisan market…
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Visited the Medieval city of Girona
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In the same day as the heatwave swept across Europe…we visited Besalu
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And ended our day trip in Tino’s quiet hometown of Banyolesnationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9677

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Our third day trip was to Castellar de N’Hug in the Spanish Pyrenees

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nationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9795We also put on a pop up gallery show for our final night!

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nationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9910And then there was the dream team: Jill, Sarah Marie, and Jes.

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Un Abrazo,
Kate