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Old-Fashioned And New-Fangled Photographs Of Portugal And Spain (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/22/2012 7:00 am

Sometimes the best way to be a travel photographer is to barely have a camera at all -- at least that's what we found on a recent two-week trip through Spain and Portugal. Using just an iPhone and a Holga, we created "Spain and Portugal, Squared," a collection of photos in which we explored how we could meld images from a plastic film camera with pictures made on Instagram.

Whether you call it lo-fi, or hi-fi that looks like lo-fi, we found it to be a perfect marriage of the new and old.

Even though we stood in identical places, we knew our pictures wouldn't be the same. After all, with Instagram you can double-check the composition and select from a range of filters, while with a taped-up Holga, you have to rely on experience.

As we drove west from San Sebastian and scaled the mountains of Cantabria, then descended through Asturias on the way to the Galician coast and finally hopped a train for Portugal, our cameras were always by our side. We always had an excuse to buy another espresso and slice of cake while recharging the phone, and we were lured into Porto's Mercado Bolhão on our way to buy more film. For us, a detour for photography is always worth taking.

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  • A river runs through the center of Potes, a small medieval town in the Picos De Europa.

  • Sheep abound in the mountains of Cantabria. Sometimes they even pose for a portrait.

  • Despite the chilly March temperatures, spring was on the way.

  • In Axpe, a small town of shepherds and mountains, you can also eat one of the best meals of your life at Etxebarri.

  • Small towns are hidden away in the mountains of the Picos de Europa.

  • The mountain light is ever-changing and unpredictable.

  • One of Cosgaya's old barns.

  • At Hotel del Oso, you're more likely to be greeted by two resident St. Bernard's than you are by bears.

  • We took the long route to the coast, knowing that we would pass through incredible scenery along the way.

  • In Ribadeo, on the Galician Coast.

  • Old trees lurk on the side streets.

  • Playa de las Catedrales, known for its huge rock formations.

  • Mid-day in the streets of Ribadeo.

  • Looking up one of Porto's cobblestone streets.

  • Porto unfolds like a labyrinth.

  • A tile-clad house--a common sight in Portugal.

  • Next to the Douro River in Porto.

  • Space isn't always what it seems--a plaza in Bairro Alto, a neighborhood full of galleries and shops in Lisbon.

  • Succulents hang from a balcony in Bairro Alto.

  • Dusk falls on Lisbon's harbor.