During what I believe was our second weekend of the program, we all took a bus up to the northern cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián. Though these cities are located within Spain, they have a unique history of Separatism, maintaining their origins in El País Vasco (Basque country).
I prefer portraiture photography-- as may be clear in this post-- but these cities pulled my lens toward horizons and vanishing points unlike any other place has. Though Bilbao had a similarly relaxed energy as San Sebastián, the two cities felt very different. Walking across its many bridges and broad streets, Bilbao felt much more classicly European with a blend of extravagant and stark/modern architecture. In comparison, as I hope is visible in the photos, San Sebastián felt a bit differently with its stretches of beaches and relaxed, paradisiacal setting.
Looking forward to sharing my next couple blog posts of my photos from Toulouse, Barcelona, and a few more from the streets of Madrid!
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<p>My name is Ian Matthew Zunt, and I am from Seattle, Washington. I am currently studying Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, with minors in Art History and the Spanish language, and I am planning to join IES Abroad's Language and Area Studies program in Madrid this Fall semester. Coming from an arts high school in Seattle, I have realized a deep interest in all forms of art, from dancing and singing to acting and the visual arts. Through the solid presence of art in my life, I found a passion for photography, specifically with analog cameras and color film. Though I have somewhat moved away from art academically, I continue to create and to take photos for myself, taking part in local gallery shows and online sharing.</p>