Over the past six weeks Sean and I have, between us, taken more than 700 Instagram photographs of Burgos. Most days we’re out in town, putting up flyers advertising our Conversational English services, searching for wifi connections, or sometimes enjoying an inexpensive desayuno (breakfast) of bocadillo de tortilla (Spanish omelette sandwich) with a café con leche, and, along the way, we’re always stopping to photograph something or other.
Although I’ve always enjoying honing in on the details, Instagram lends itself particularly well to photographing the small or otherwise insignificant and, as such, we can often be found pointing our phones to the ground or getting up close and personal with a wide variety of subjects — and this has quickly attracted the attention of the local Burgaleses, whether fellow Instagrammers or tweeps or journalists.
“I am amazed by Sean and Mufidah … how to sell an entire city with Instagram.”
This morning the Diario de Burgos ran an article by Héctor Jiménez, ‘Burgos con filtro‘ about Instagrammers in Burgos, in which he featured myself and Sean as the lead in to the piece. You can read the article here, although if you don’t speak Spanish and have to use Google translate you’ll get a slightly awry translation — in particular, the opening line states that we’re not conventional tourists, but for some reason Google missed the negative, which puts a whole different spin on things. Unlike the web version of the article, the print version features a couple of our images, along with half a dozen by other Burgos Instagrammers. My featured image was a fisheye shot of the Cathedral (using an ōlloclip attached to my iPhone) and Sean’s was a candid shot of two nun’s walking along the Espolón.
Additionally — if this isn’t already too much about social networking — I recently created a Facebook page, as many people still favour Facebook as their preferred social network. It will differ from this blog as I intend to post excerpts of travel writing along with (mainly) Instagram photographs of the places we visit on our slow travel journey around Europe — we’re presently in Burgos, Spain where we intend to be for the next few months. So, if you’d like to take a look and connect via the page you can find it here.
You can also read Sean’s blog post about our Burgos Instagram project here.
Mufidah Kassalias is a writer, photographer and slow traveller. A digital nomad, she’s also co-founder of Creative Thunder, helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess. To get a free copy of the inspiring Creative Thunder Manifesto, click here