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Bulls are big business in the south of Spain and I guess someone has to take care them, so I introduce to you los vaqueros. Pronounce ba’keros it is thought to have lent its name to the word buckaroo. Shot on aCanon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/2000, f/10, ISO 640. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
Another shot from the Feria de Malaga shot last week in the Southern province of Adalucia, Spain. During the fiesta many locals dress up and take to the streets with instruments and generally have a great time. Shot on a Sony a6000 at 1/320, f/4.5, ISO 400. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
Last week was the Feria de Malaga which, amongst other thing, is known for its flamenco dancing. Every day thousands of people head to the city center to have a huge street party. With live music, the sherry flowing faster than is healthy and the sun beating down the city quickly becomes a lively place. It is traditional for the women of the city to wear the full flamenco dress and dance to the rhythms of the bands which seem to appear and disappear at random. Malaga, Andalucia, Spain. Note to DSLR users: Shots like this are much easier to nail with an electronic viewfinder. Shot on a Sony a6000 at 1/4000, f/4.5, ISO 160. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
Many Spanish festivals would not be complete without the appearance of the bulls. There are several different variations of these events. There’s the classic bullfight with a matador waving his red muleta. Then there’s the good old bull run, where bulls are released through the streets as crowds of revellers (for want of a better word) try to outpace a herd of beasts. Then there are events like this, kind of a mix between the two, you’ve got the bullring, the spectators, you’ve got the revellers and most importantly you’ve got one big angry bull. The truth is at these events those in the ring run for their lives and jump over the barriers at the first sight of the bull moving towards them, not a bad option in my mind. But it certainly does detract from the brave macho image that most of these men (yes, they do always seem to be men) hope to portray. It’s a sad fact that in just the last weeks 4 people have died in Spain at these type of events, killed by the bulls. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the amount of bulls that have been killed in the same time. Leganés, Spain. […]
Over the weekend I was in Catalunya to shoot a traditional rafting event near the village of Coll de Nargó. It turned out to be quite a small affair with probably no more than 100 or so spectators. Above, one of the two rafts passes under a giant Catalan flag. Shot on a Sony A6000 at 1/125, f/6.3, ISO 320. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
The bull is the national animal of Spain, which is surprising given that so many of them are routinely killed for fun particularly at this time of year. Nevertheless, the Spanish do seem to be proud of their relationship with the bull and huge cutouts like this can be seen across the country. Shot Just outside Zaragoza on a Sony a-6000 at 1/1600, f/6.3, ISO 320. Copyright Tom Bourdon.
So this is what I’ll be calling home for the rest of the summer. I’ve got quite a trip lined up that will take me to many exciting festivals that I’ve yet to see in this country. Stay tuned to my blog or Facebook to keep updated with my travels. This shot was taken near the village of Montseny, Catalunya, Spain. Shot on Sony a-6000 at 1/25, f/13, ISO 200. Copyright Tom Bourdon.