TAKE THAT PIC.
Hundreds of kilometres stretching out ahead, an unforgettable experience, incredible landscapes, friendships for life… The Camino can also awaken some artistic qualities that we carry inside ourselves. Who hasn’t returned home with hundreds of photos of endless trails, yellow arrows or scallop shells? Find here a list of the images that every pilgrim should carry with them from the Camino de Santiago.
The Road to Santiago. The adventure begins!
We feel fresh. Our spirits are soaring. We are itching for the adventure to begin and to carry our memories of it away with us. The photos from the start of our pilgrimage and of the kilometres that lie ahead are among the most essential of the Camino de Santiago. And surely there is no greater pleasure than reaching the end and saying: I did it!
Follow the yellow arrow.
From the start until the end of the Camino we each have two inseparable and essential companions: the yellow arrow and the scallop shell. Painted on the ground, on stone markers, on walls … They form one of the great hallmarks of the Route that so often appeal to the camera. The options are endless: familiar, solitary or artistic poses … Take a look.
The stars of the Camino? People’s feet, of course!
The real stars of the Camino de Santiago are pilgrims’ feet; or at least as far as photos are concerned. They spend many hours and many days walking, and it is them that suffer most for it. This is why we photograph them from all angles: alongside the shells that mark out our steps, in groups, by the sea, covered in blisters… It’s a given. If you undertake the Camino, your feet will end up on one of your social media accounts.
The Camino is a place of learning, while the hostel is the place to share it. Which is why every pilgrim should add the bunk-bed you’ve shared, the kitchen where you’ve helped make dinner or the line on which you’ve aired your jacket to your list of essential snaps.
From tapas to tapas.
Undertaking the Camino de Santiago also means getting to know the towns and people of the places through which it passes. Not to mention the food. And in Galicia, octopus is king. But throughout the length and breadth of the Camino we have countless delicacies to help recharge one’s batteries: from the pintxos of the Basque Country to Maragato stew, and from Burgos black pudding (morcilla) to jamón from Extremadura.
The Camino de Santiago can provide us with unexpected companions. There are those who accompany us on the adventure. But there are also some surprising ones. The four-legged ones. Those with two wheels. And there even some that force you to stop and take a break from the Camino.
Strapped to our backs, cast to the floor, on top of a signpost, with or without a shell. The backpack becomes an inseparable companion on the Camino de Santiago and as much of a star of the photos as we ourselves are.
In pursuit of the horizon.
Throughout the length of our Camino we will encounter unique, incredible landscapes beyond words. Which is why we try and aim to capture them. The horizons rule above all else. And if we add ourselves in, walking into the great beyond, it’s sure to earn us a ‘like’ or two.
Selfies on the Camino.
If we’re on the subject of photos, we simply cannot leave them out. We’re talking about selfies, of course. Any opportunity serves as a good excuse to take one. Whether it’s just walking, with the sea in the background, in front of the cathedral or with any of the dozens of pilgrim statues that are dotted along the Camino… Don’t hold back. It’s selfie time for sure.
Entering Santiago de Compostela.
Arriving in Santiago de Compostela is exciting. So it is clearly understandable that social media is filled with pilgrims hugging the signpost into Santiago, laying down in the Plaza del Obradoiro, taking in the Cathedral for the first time or embracing the Apostle. It is, of course, the perfect finishing touch to this photo-journey of the Camino.
Written by Elcaminoconcorreos.
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