Postcard: Leon, Spain

Posted by on August 15th, 2014

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Consider this one of those postcards that you get and then notice rather than being sent from the exotic location pictured on the front, it didn’t get postmarked until about a week after the sender arrived home. I had ambitions of doing an update (or two) from my time in Spain but after the first couple of days of working well into the night and next morning, it was clear that wasn’t going to happen.

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I spent most of the trip in serious video production mode and managed to capture about 500GB of footage in just a few days. This was probably one of the tightest production schedules I’ve ever worked with and flying solo with three cases of equipment was a challenge, but it was the kind of challenge I love and the kind of environment I thrive in. The early morning prep for call time and late nights of logging footage meant I didn’t have time for much personal photography. What you see here are some of my favorite shots from the few hours I managed to set aside for myself early in the morning on the day I left for home.

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This trip also took me to Madrid and Salamanca but I was based in Leon and that is where all the photos pictured here are from. I took them during a walk around the city. It’s perhaps the first time I’ve ever been so intentional about a place. On most trips I weave my photography into my travel. I observe a location and keep my camera at hand to snap compelling scenes as they come to me. But the demands of this assignment meant I had to take a new, much more intentional, approach to my work. As with all new things, there was a certain level of discomfort with it, a feeling of pressure to capture something good in a limited time, but I don’t think my work suffered.

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In the end, I actually think the constraint helped me shoot with more purpose and I ended up with far fewer throw-away frames than usual. There’s a lot to be said for trying new things and putting limitations on your creativity. It’s one of the best ways I know of to grow.

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