The Way We See The World
There were just so many selfies. I am not a voice against selfies – I’ve taken selfies, and I enjoy them as a casual and quick reflection of myself in that space. Looking back on many of our own photos I see subtle clues as to what I was feeling that day. No one else may notice them, but I do. They will stand as a record for my time. But to the couple that took a half hour getting just the right angle on a bridge – take it and move on – please.
And what makes this project most difficult – creating photo guides and walks for five different medieval towns – is that no matter the angle, the perspective is unique and almost every photo could be deemed a keeper. We were in Costa Brava, after all, with so much to see and admire. How are Pete and Sherry supposed to ultimately decide what makes the book?
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see. ~ Barry Neil Kaufman.
They have to trust their instincts, as brains act as a natural filter. Because our active minds can’t possibly take everything in around us, they will disregard many aspects to automatically focus on what is perceived as useful. Or beautiful. Or interesting. And maybe your brain will see yet another angle that didn’t make cut. But between both Pete and Sherry, I do believe that a great balance was struck.
The resulting product will be a mix. For those who look for the finer details, the intricate carvings of a cathedral door or layers of dripping wax, you’ll find those. For grand vistas of bluebird skies and churches perfectly framed in arches, you’ll find those too. Maybe by the end of the photo guides, you’ll even be able to tell which photographer took which photo.
And the selfies? Yeah, good “selfie spots” will be noted in the guides as well. And of course we all took some of our own. But we’ll save those for another time.
Where we stayed
Our time in Costa Brava was in partnership with Costa Brava Tourism, Girona Tourism and Catalunya Experience. The photo guides I speak of will be available later this summer and we’ll be sure to let you know when they are done!