Travel, photography and architecture for me goes hand in hand, so my first to the City of Arts was carefully planned. My stay in Valencia was for five days as it was the only days that I could have off work.
The hotel I used on my stay was five mins walk from the City of Arts which allowed me to be there as early as I want or as late as I needed without worrying about transport.
The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex. It is situated at the southeast end of the former riverbed of the river Turia. The river was drained and rerouted after a devastating flood in 1957. The riverbed was then turned into a sunken park.
Designed by Caltrava and Candela, the first stages of construction started in July 1996, and inaugurated on April 1998. Having seen the renders during its construction, I added it to my ever growing list of places to visit. I finally had the privilege two years ago. There was nothing compares to what you feel when you first see it in person. I spent my arrival day just experiencing the park without my camera. It is an important part of travel for me.
Seeing a place without my camera in hand allows me to be truly present and be in touch with my feelings. This allows to translate what I felt whenever I get to the editing phase.
The city of arts is a spectacular expression of creativity and innovation. This is a common aspect in the works of architects whose work speak to me.
Upon entering the park, the structures that stood out for me were:
- Palau De Les Arts Reina Sofia
- Museo De las Ciencias Prícope Felipe
Palau De Les Arts Reina Sofia easily stands outs on its own. With an extension of 55,000 square metres, from an architectural viewpoint, it is extremely impressive. Spectacular in size and silhouette measuring 70 metres in height. The design is intriguing and draws you in.
The two images are my personal favourite from my visit as they easily depict what I felt when I approached Reina Sofia Opera House.
Looking at the architecture, I felt that I was looking at something from outer space. I decided to change the sky to further enhance what I had felt. The latter added to the intentional composition of the images emphasises the feeling that it may not be a building but something else.