Belchite, Aragon, Spain

If you’re visiting Zaragoza and have some time left to explore its surroundings and, above all, you would like shooting photos of a ghost town, make sure to visit the abandoned village of Belchite, located some 50 km south of the Aragon’s capital. Belchite was the location of a sadly known battle that took place in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The Battle of Belchite was fought by Spanish Republicans, who represented the democratic government set in Spain just a few years before and the Nationalist rebels run by Francisco Franco. At that time, Belchite was a fortified town with some 4,000 inhabitants. The town found itself on the front lines of these two armies as the Republicans were trying a new series of offensives in order to slow down the Nationalist advance in Aragon.

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Shooting in Madrid

As a professional travel photographer, I am constantly faced with unpredictable challenges: unwanted cranes, historical buildings swaddled in scaffolding, hordes of tourists and, above all, inclement weather. Weather dominated my recent trip to Madrid: unusual Arctic weather blanketed half of Spain with snow and producing freezing temperatures. High winds disrupted my shooting plans but meant that dramatic black storm clouds alternated with sunny spells.

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