Spain | 2018 Student Work
Gallery Description: In July and August 2018, eleven WCC Photography and Video students ventured to the Global Education Oregon [GEO] Segovia campus to embark on an 18-day journey through modern central Spain, including Madrid, and La Granja de San Ildefonso. Locations ranged from soaring cathedrals, castles and palaces to tranquil parks and gardens, ancient Roman Empire vestiges, to world-class museums and clamoring subways.
After several days in Segovia, we ventured northwest to the GEO Oviedo campus, situated in the “green heart” of Spain; the Asturias autonomous region. Spain was founded here in 718, but humankind has inhabited the region since the Stone Age. Hiking up Mt. Naranco, pre-Romanesque churches mark the trail leading to a summit with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and cool, misty mountains nearby. Incredible food, Atlantic beaches, and numerous Medieval sites were deeply picturesque. The charm and history of old-world streets in contrast to modern European infrastructure never ceased to fascinate us, which led to some very meaningful class discussion times. From the warm hospitality of our homestay family hosts, to the hard-cider maker on the edge of an orchard, to the cheese maker nested deep in the mountains, we met a huge number of really talented Spaniards. Reaching destinations via sustainable travel methods throughout the trip on trains, busses and other forms of mass transportation, a wide range of visual possibilities unfolded before us each day to work on photography assignments rooted in the practices of light, color, and design.
In the last few days of the trip we headed east along the Atlantic coast to tour 20,000 year-old, Paleolithic cave paintings, and sites on the fringe and inside of Los Picos de Europa National Park. Students spent their last couple days in Bilbao, which hosts one of the world's few Guggenheim Museums, and is in proximity to the historic towns of Guernica, Haro, and the Riojas wine region. Tap any image to view a larger rendering.
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