by: Levi Shand
This past Sunday held another meetup in El Rastro, along and around the Calle Ribera de Curtidores, running between the La Latina and Lavapies neighborhoods. We enjoyed the company of many first-timers, and we’re hoping to see them at more photowalks as the year continues.
The day began at 11:00 a.m., next to the metro entrance just outside the Campo de la Cebada. I met Jorge Manjon Bernal as I was crossing the street, and other photographers began appearing shortly thereafter. Having arrived early, we had time for some good conversation and with each person that arrived new wrinkles were added until mini-conversations were popping up, allowing folks to float from one to the next. At 11:15 or so we got underway. Marcos greeted everyone formally and introduced the monthly theme, and explained how our photowalks work to the group. We’d all go our separate ways and later, meet up to talk about the experience somewhere, over drinks.
The temperature turned out to be one of the main themes of the photowalk. People’s exhalations puffed out in little clouds and after some time gripping the camera, one’s fingers began to numb. During this photowalk was the first time I’d witnessed snow falling in Spain, and the Madrilenos in the Rastro seemed delighted and enchanted by that turn of events. Everyone was bundled up, some of the vendors even sporting huge blankets, but attendance was surprisingly high (given the conditions).
I did not quite finish my roll of film, but I did see some interesting sights and had some great conversations. Given the quality of the photography uploaded to the meetup event page, it looks like the cold didn’t stop our members from thinking clearly and eloquently about their work. I’d classify this one as another successful event on the books. Check out some of the works below: