On all our Barcelona photography tours one of our pro-photographers will guide you. Who are they? We introduce you to one of them, Francisco Gonçalves. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he started taking photos when he started to travel over the world. Note: using disposable cameras (so remember: every pro was once a beginner). He’s autodidact - decided to join Flickr and developed himself by advice and critics of other Flickr photographers, Internet tutorials and yes: practicing, learning, and some more practicing.
What is your main inspiration?
I like to look for images that have an emotional effect on me. For example I’d like to take photos that transfer the vibe of a place, with a human element. I also like to photograph using shadows and silhouettes.
Who is your favourite photographer?
That’s James Nachtwey (photo journalist and war photographer). To me it is incredible how he can compose photos in dramatic and dangerous situations. In only a few seconds he can think of an image that could take days for someone else. His ability of telling a story without being grotesque or showing any gore.
I also love Eric Lafforgue's work: the way he makes emotional bonds with the people he portraits.
Besides, everyday I find inspiring unknown (professional and amateur) photographers on social media.
What is your favourite place for Barcelona photography?
More than a place, I love to take photos of the Correfoc. It's a Catalan tradition where people dress up like devils and run and dance around while lighting fireworks. I like cultural demonstrations and this one demonstrates lots of power, something amazing to see and experience.
I also love the Plaza de San Felipe Neri in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Most of the time it's a quiet place where you can see the scars of a Civil War bombing on the walls of a church. The vibe here is just very special.
Do you want to share a photography tip?
If you like to take photos of people try talking to the person you want to portrait and ask for permission. Maybe you prefer candid photos but if you bond by sharing a couple of words you'd not only be surprised by the photo result. Even better, you’d be surprised by the stories that you hear.
Also: try to prepare by studying the place/event that you're going to photograph. Imagine a possible image or situation, then go and look for it! Keep an eye on social media and newspapers: your next great photo might be taken at an event close around while you don't even know!