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Street photographer in Croatia//September 20, 2017

I recently came back from a holiday in Croatia. Unlike some of my other trips the aim was to relax and only bring the camera out now and then. The nature of this place leant itself to my plan. Aside from the odd morning trip to towns Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split I felt I just wanted to sit back and soak up the crystal clear sea, lie in the sun, eat local food and avoid the tourist throng!

Starting in Dubrovnik, I felt immediately safe as a solo traveller. Even though I am used to all sorts of environments this in itself does take some unconscious pressure off. I stayed a little away from the Old Town or Kings landing if you will. This is essentially the main destination although there are other hikes and areas to explore. Walking to the Castle town on my first morning I felt incredibly excited. Unfortunately this was triggered by my love for Game of Thrones… sad, I know. When I reached the castle walls I was bowled over by the scale. It all looked so large, so well-kept and yes like something from a fantasy book. I had never seen such a place and the thoughts of the HBO series were soon replaced with actual interest of the actual history. It’s quite amusing to watch the local touts push the Game of thrones tour on stands next to tourists selling the local history tour. I suppose you could do both, I did neither. I liked to move at my own pace and look up stuff that perked my interest later. I did wonder how the locals took to this new interest though.

It became quite clear, quite quickly that 2017 was the place to visit Dubrovnik, at any one moment in the Old town passengers from 3 + cruise liners can fill the streets. It’s for this reason I only popped to the town with my camera a couple of times in the morning. The light was high and bright at this time creating a glare of the sea of orange roof tops, magic hour would be better. I found myself drawn to the smaller details, the splashes of light on a wall, medieval elements in the architecture, shapes made by the shadows, the endless narrow cobbled lanes decorated with white linen underwear, the cats and then I would have enough of that for the day dropping of my camera to head to the beach.

I moved to a near-by island after Dubrovnik called Mjjet. Many online articles I referenced call this the greenest and prettiest island. It was indeed spectacularly green, almost luminous. My host told me it was like this all year round. The water in the Adriatic Sea was a crystal clear green. So mesmerizing, I spent most of my time reading on the rocks or just staring down at this colour hoping I could have it at the for front of my memory whenever I needed it. Here I used the film camera and had play towards one of my fine art projects. I drank home-made wine with my Croatian host and his wife, which helped me to understand more about the locals and the culture. Here I stayed in a tiny fishing village called Sobra. There is not much to do here and that forces you to just relax. My host’s friend and his wife would drop me to the national park at the top of the island when I wanted to go. This is slightly different, the entrance a tad more touristic but the park itself is stunning. I hired a bike and cycled around, resting a whole two days by fantastic twin lakes, no pictures just rest!

I felt less excited about my next destination Korcula and wasn’t sure where that judgement had surfaced from. However this turned out to be my favourite place. Not only did it thunderstorm here for two days I developed a cold but I still found it incredibly serene and loved being here. Korcula is another castled town and due to the weather/ my health I only had a small window to take out my camera and walk around one morning. Every cobbled path in this circular structure leads you back to the Cathedral of Saint Mark. Mainly 15th and 16th Century buildings at the centre are safe from the island winds protected by the town own structure. Spiritual ponderings were frequent here.

My last stop, Split held less of my interest as I had not felt like being in a larger city at the time. It’s a great base for days out. I went to Krka National Park and Sailing to Salta. There is an impressive Roman centre which I liked to visit in the morning with the camera, just once I think. I preferred to capture the locals setting up for a day’s trade with the backdrop of the Roman structures. The rains came again and I just got involved with the food properly for the first time.

I loved Croatia and will definitely return; personally I think a small film camera will suffice the trip. Here are some of the images, as per usual not the standard views. There is some mixed media going on here including some rather sinister looking lightening 35mm film!

Dubrovnik Old Town



Mljet


Korcula





Split




Krka National Park

 

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costa Rica; A Portrait.//February 2, 2017

My last adventure took me across the Atlantic to Costa Rica. The rainforest had been on my hit list for a while now so I was pleased to spend Christmas and New Year among different kinds of primates. Unlike my previous travels the priority this time was not to take too many pictures. I really wanted to fully immerse myself in this new type of terrain. I travelled to four different regions of Costa Rica spending a few nights in each place. These included Nosara on the North Pacific, Manuel Antonio on the Central pacific, Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast and then into the central highlands, specifically La Fortuna. Of course the camera did come out in small doses, I found myself fascinated by the pockets of light forming in the rainforest. I wasn’t organised enough to get myself out at ‘magic hour’- I was more likely on the beach supping a cocktail, it was Christmas after all. The rainforest canopy acted as a diffuser for the harsh midday sunlight. Passing clouds were frequent, offering a more subdued light on the forest floor. Wildlife of course was the star but I wouldn’t consider myself a wildlife photographer in the least. However I did get involved now and then (when in Rome). So I now have more far away monkey pictures that I know what do with. One morning a beautiful howler monkey took a dislike to my camera and weed on me and it! Fair enough.

The pacific coast and Caribbean are extremely different in atmosphere. This is due in part to the different cultures. I didn’t have a preference, both sides are beautiful and I could speak a lot more on the subject. I will just note that it is on the Caribbean side I had one of the most fascinating experiences. Somewhere near Puerto Viejo in the Talamanca region I went to visit the Bribri tribe. The only people pictures I took during this trip. The Bribri is a small tribe at an estimated 11,500 (according to Wikipedia). They grow cacao, bananas and plantain and live entirely of the land. I was offered some delicious food wrapped in a palm leaf. Long story short I was lucky to meet the Shaman of the tribe that day. He cleansed and blessed me. I have to say it felt good, even with the burning embers in my hair and he let me take one picture. I also met a Bribri lady called Vicky who made me a necklace from a plant and some hot Chocolate. The hot chocolate was the business.

Unfortunately the camera never came out in the central highlands. I was busy rafting down rapids in Jurassic park land or climbing the steepest of Volcanos (Cerro Chato) in torrential rain. Most people were equipped with go pros or waterproofed I phone cases. I was just happy to skid around in the mud and get propelled through the air over rivers. Oh and the best of all spend hours just floating in hot springs. I did go at the most touristy time of year but it was manageable. I met many backpackers passing through Costa Rica in a hurry to get to Nicaragua for more of the same but much less of the expense. Holiday makers were perfectly happy.

In brief; Costa Rica is fabulously Eco friendly. There is a huge respect for nature being it holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity. It has no army and has banned Zoo’s. I considered it pretty safe for a solo traveller. Being able to travel is a luxury and I felt lucky to be able to visit this part of the world.

I present a portrait of Costa Rica with a small selection of images featuring things which caught my eye during my trip; pockets of light, Bribri, creatures and the likes. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simple Objects.//November 15, 2016

   

In my field working among so many people I take pleasure the simple things. These kind of objects do require a certain amount of problem solving and patience.

 

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Roll up to the events 2016//November 15, 2016

I just don’t know where to start with events this year. I never intended to become an events photographer but the demand in London is fairly high. I  would say for any aspiring photographer it’s a nice little side line if not a full time occupation. For me it’s a side line and a great way to get to see inside London. When I say inside I mean into iconic spaces you pass on the bus but may never have a reason to enter. This year I have got to shoot in Buckingham Palace, The Leadenhall building, The Imperial War Museum, Wilton’s Music Hall, Mansion House, The Gherkin, Somerset House, The Natural History Museum and Shoreditch House for various clients. The events themselves have also been varied from a presidential visit to exhibition openings. It’s kept me on my toes that’s for sure! Here is just a very small snapshot of my 2016 in events.

    

 

 

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Hackney street festival 2016//November 14, 2016

Street festival fun and games from Hackney carnival earlier this year. This is no Notting Hill for sure but the tiny scale gave it a bit of charm and room to breath. I myself joined friends there for a day, killed my iphone with rum and enjoyed a dash of street photography. Something I sorely miss. **Must find more time for street style**

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