Perks of Reporting

Even though sometimes it feels having to report on stories leaves me with little time to explore and enjoy the city, it has really provided me a more authentic perspective on the city than I would have gotten if I was just on vacation. Today for my photo essay on street art, I was able to interview Ferran Tort, a Barcelona based street artist who has also created the non-profit, ARTistLOVE, which aims promoting art for underprivileged children around the world. I went over to his home and studio this morning with Oscar. I didn’t know what to expect, but we ended up talking for over two hours. He talked about his personal style, his philosophies, the Barcelona street artist scene and the expansion of his non-profit. Afterwards he took me to his studio and gave me a tour of abandoned rooms on the top floor of his apartment building that he converted into another space for him and other street artists in the area to paint and collaborate. His artistic talent, personal viewpoints and ambition to promote art were really admirable. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to learn about Spain’s culture through unique experiences like this.

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