Dream Photo Shoot - Number 2
Running of the Bulls - Pamplona, Spain
Most of my life has been spent within the borders of the U.S., and I'm not complaining, I love this country very much. But the adventurous side of me is dying to get out and experience more of what this world has to offer. Sadly, mainly due to lack of money, this has yet to happen, but it's no coincidence that my number 2 dream photo shoot takes me over to Europe, and more specifically Spain. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for sympathy. I've been blessed to have visited other countries in the past, Virgin Islands as a baby, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador my freshman year of High School, and Jamaica for my honeymoon. But to be able to cross the Atlantic is a dream of mine.
So why did I choose the Running of the Bulls in Spain? I knew my number 2 dream photo shoot would be set in Europe, so after some lengthy consideration, I chose Running of the Bulls over other events like Oktoberfest in Munich and Bastille Day in France.
In all honesty, my dream vacation would be a summer long tour of Europe in which I get to visit Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Ireland. But when forced to choose just one country to visit, I would choose Spain. The culture is one I learned about while continuously taking Spanish classes throughout middle school, high school, and college. You try not falling in love with a culture in which a siesta is an everyday event, the one thing I want to do immediately after eating lunch everyday at work is to take a nap, and in Spain this is built into most schedules. Plus there's always the added bonus for a futbol fan like myself, to visit the country that hosts 2 of the biggest sports franchises in all the world, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F.
The Running of the Bulls is actually just one event, though most publicized, that make up the seven day festival of Sanfermines. This tradition is said to have started as early as the 14th century, when cattle would have to be transported to the market from various corrals. Men would try to speed the process using various tactic such as fear and excitement. As is usually the case with men, this process became a competition as the bravest men would race in front of the cattle and try to make it to the pens without being overtaken. Over time, this practice picked up in popularity and has led us to modern day where this is a nationally televised event across the country. Unlike the bull fights which take place later in the day, in which only professionals are able to participate, the Running of the Bulls is open to anyone over the age of 18.
As a photographer, the one thing I am most drawn too is emotion. Excitement trepidation, horror, and humility are just a handful of the emotions I would expect to see during a Running of the Bulls. Being able to capture such a large variety of feelings at one event, and often times being able to capture a multitude of emotions in a single photo is something I think is unmatched at any other event in the world. In fact I'd be interested to hear what other events you can all think of that would have a variety of emotions that matches this. Plus there's the added bonus of the bulls. Being able to capture the sheer size and speed of these beasts running down narrow alleyways is something that I believe would be a humbling experience and a challenge I would gladly accept.
As always thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy my insight and please feel free to leave me ideas on other topics you think I should cover. So what is one event outside of the U.S. you would most like to witness in person?