This coming Monday I will have been in Sevilla for one month. That is crazy to think about. When I look back, time has gone by pretty fast, but at the same time slow. It’s an interesting paradox because the weeks go by fast, but I experience so much each day so that the days seem long. This week I finally started my classes! I think I am really going to enjoy this term. I really like my two classes at CIEE. In one of my classes, title Visual and Digital Culture in Contemporary Spain, we watched this Ted Talk about the danger in knowing just one story of a place or group of people.
We continued to talk about how media does a bad job of only telling this “one story” by generalizing and only depicting a small portion of a population rather than a whole group. While I do believe this statement has validity, I also think that the amount of time and resources and trust needed to tell a deeper story should be acknowledged. For journalists to tell these deeper stories, there needs to be a strong relationship between the journalist and the sources, a relationship strong enough so that the journalist can enter into the other culture and the source can trust him or her enough to depict the deeper story correctly. That takes time. I have been in Sevilla for almost a month and I am just starting to get a glimpse of what the real Sevilla culture is like. Last week I was at my favorite coffee shop, Red House, and I was talking to the owner about photography and videography. I told him to let me know if he ever needed any help and with that he asked me to film a skateboard art gallery opening that night at his coffee shop. When I got there I was the only American and it was great. Although I felt somewhat out of place, I had a purpose with my camera and the people there, local skateboarders, looked at me more with curiosity, rather than annoyance that I was a tourist.
Here is the link to the facebook post.
The video will be up soon! I don’t want to go through my study abroad experience still stuck in my own world, only looking into Spanish culture, but never experiencing it myself. I want to be a part of it, not just watch it from afar. I’m not satisfied with my only interactions with Sevillanos being when I order coffee. I want to join it.
Last Friday night at the gallery opening and this week at EUSA with my direct enrollment classes with Spaniards I started to feel the barrier between our two worlds disintegrating and I can’t wait for what is to come.
I will end with this quote from a street photography show in Malaga:
No creo en la frontera, para mi, todo el mundo es igual.” -Clara Moreno