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It’s been a while, but I’ve got plenty of content, just need to find the time to update the diary and share with you what I’ve been up to. I’m currently deeply involved in a local project documenting various aspects of life here in Catalonia, I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a long project and there’s lots of work to do, but in the meantime, I can share some stories about where I’ve been and what I’ve been shooting. So let’s start with the castellers. What are castellers? Well, you’ve probably already worked it out from the picture above. It could look like something quite simple, all they need to do is to stand on each other’s shoulders trying to build the highest tower possible. They can reach up to 10 levels, so imagine having the weight of 10 people on your shoulders… But it’s not just about the weight, there’s so much more to it. Hours upon hours of training create a close bond and build trust amongst the group (colla). Not only the strength but also the emotion on display is incredibly powerful and amaze the spectators. Basically, they are normal people doing incredible things, […]
Actually, it was more like a very long weekend at the International Circus Festival in Figueres, Catalunya. It’s a bit of a secret, or it was until I clicked publish on this post, that as a kid I wanted to join the circus, I’m not sure exactly what the appeal was but certainly the idea of traveling to distant places was one of the big attractions. I taught myself to juggle and even went so far as to buy myself a unicycle, that I think is still up in my parent’s loft collecting dust. So when the opportunity to document behind the scenes at one of Europes largest circus’ landed on my desk jumped at it. There’s no denying it, this was a major production it featured more than 80 artists from 14 different countries, with over 30,000 tickets sold for the 5-day spectacular. Having complete access to events like this really does open up your eyes as to the planning and preparation that goes into these kinds of events, not just by the performers but everyone involved from the cleaning and restaurant staff, the security to the woman who sold the popcorn. My plan was to photograph them all. The Ringmaster, […]
In the tiny town of Sant Guim de la Plana (Catalyuna, Spain) something very impressive has been happening for the past 33 years. Despite only having a population 70, they manage to put on a spectacular display that can bring in up to 10,000 visitors over the Christmas period...
I love shooting these events, I’ve lost count of how many I’ve done now, but every time there’s a great atmosphere. Correfoc, Santa Susana, Spain Shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/30, f/9, ISO 640. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
Cartajima, one of the famous pueblos blancos (white villages) dotted across southern Spain. It has a population of less than 250 but has a spectacular setting with a backdrop of limestone mountains and is surrounded by huge chestnut forests. Shot on a Sony a-6000 at 1/320, f/8, ISO 200. Copyright Tom Bourdon.