Students snap up Barcelona

A group of 21 South Cheshire College/ West Cheshire College photography students flew to Barcelona to capture the historic sites and experience the culture of one of Europe’s most popular cities.
The Year 2 students studying BTEC Photography – Graphics and Art enjoyed a three-day trip to the city to collate research from galleries and the environment for use in their personal portfolios.
Gary Sandilands, Lecturer in Visual Arts and Media at South Cheshire College/ West Cheshire College commented: “As the cultural heart of Spain, our students got to see first-hand how the world of art has been uniquely influenced by Barcelona’s stunning scenery and the lasting effects on the city’s economy, post-Olympics.
“We had the opportunity to visit some extraordinary landmarks, including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), which had some amazing displays of photography and art exhibitions across several floors. Both the façade and interior of the building made for an additional photographic opportunity.
“We also visited Park Güell, one of the major works of Gaudí in Barcelona. The trip was both an educational experience for the students, as well as a social tour.”
During their time in Barcelona, the students had a chance to enjoy a day by the beach in a town called Sitges, 35-kilometres Southwest of Barcelona, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival, as well as its beaches, night life and historical sites.
Photography student, Lyndsey Miller, 17 from Stoke-on-Trent, took over 2000 images on the tour and commented: “The trip was amazing. I gained some really great photos for my portfolio and a lot of inspiration. It was a great learning experience but we also just had a really fantastic time touring the city.”
A trip to The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family), a large unfinished Roman Catholic church and Barcelona’s most emblematic symbol, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was also an inspirational stop for the Photography students.
Some students also enjoyed a bike tour, cycling around the city, taking in the major sites and gaining some interesting historical facts.
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