On my revisit to Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences I was hoping to get something different, something better, something that I didn’t get the first time around. It’s so easy to turn up to a location you have been before and head straight towards the spot you took that photo you were very pleased with last time, and just take the same photo. I’m sure we have all done it. While I still want to shoot the amazing architecture and take shots close to those I took last time, I really wanted to get something new.
I was thinking that it would be difficult to get something different from before. The area has four main buildings, all very photogenic and all have a few different compositions that work well. Looking for new angles in confined spaces isn’t easy, yet I was looking forward to the challenge. Having the worst rain Valencia has seen for 10 years made conditions very different to the conditions I got the year before making photography, especially long exposure photography, hard for half of the trip. While the weather wasn’t ideal it certainly stopped me from taking the same photos as before. There were no blue skies, no harsh shadows and no still reflections in the shallow pools for a good part of my stay in the area. Challenging yet still fun walking around getting soaked looking for the shots that worked in the horrendous rain.
The wet weather forced me inside to see some of the fabulous interiors. I’d not previously been inside some of the buildings and they are certainly worth a visit. The low light and the tour groups are not ideal for photography but the interior architecture is very interesting to see. I still hope I have some images that were worth taking.
Luckily, the rain didn’t last the whole visit, yet the weather wasn’t the only obstacle. One of the buildings is currently having a lot of work done to it. There is scaffolding up one side of the building and the pools surrounding it have all been drained. Meaning the building couldn’t really be photographed. One of the others had work going on installing an exhibition, lots of trucks parked outside with other areas often closed. The classic shots were not really going to happen on this visit. This isn’t of course a bad thing as I was looking to try and find something different to what I captured last time, I just wasn’t expecting to be forced to.
I didn’t want to confine myself to The City of Arts and Sciences this time around; I wanted to see more of Valencia. I managed a trip to the old town, not many photos taken but a really nice place. Like the Old Town, the coast was also visited but no photographs taken here. I did manage some photography in a few new locations. A wonderful lake with fishing nets was visited, very different to the photography that draws me to Valencia but fantastic to shoot.
Really pleased with a few images from here that I may turn into a series.
As a trip to Valencia is normally about long exposure architectural photography, it was good to find some other buildings to shoot. Not too far from Calatrava’s buildings these buildings would be shot more often if it wasn’t for their more glamourous neighbours.
I really enjoyed the challenges that this trip brought. The different eyes that were needed to find new compositions and the somewhat difficult conditions that I encountered. I’d certainly go back again. I’ll hopefully keep visiting until I find that I’m unable to discover anything new to shoot.
The images here are just a selection of the photographs I took on the trip. I’ll update my Valencia page as i go through and process the images.