La Sagrada Família | Barcelona, Catalunya

It is my firm belief that everyone should have the opportunity to take at least one solo adventure during their travels, and I was lucky enough to find myself alone in the Sagrada Família, in all its unfinished glory, for mine.

The cavernous basilica is architecturally similar to a stained-glass and granite forest, with its soaring support structures suggesting a tree canopy. At all times, it was filled with the soft strains of choral music. Whatever one’s beliefs, to step inside is to remove yourself from all earthly anxieties and concerns, and—especially if you ascend one of the towers—to find some sort of momentary transcendence.

You can take someone along if you’d like, and hold their hand and experience it quietly together. Or, like me, you can go alone, take your sweet, sweet time, and just drink it all in.

Camera: Mamiya 645AF
Film: Kodak Portra 400 and 160