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Winter landscapes

Stoke Newington by BartolomyNear Arnhem, Netherlands by BartolomyNear Arnhem, Netherlands by Bartolomy

Some shots I took three years ago in The Netherlands and in Stoke Newington. Since it is Spring I thought I’d post a few wintry landscape photographs.

Moody as always.

 

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Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Time for a break the missus reckoned and sunshine beckoned. So of we went to The Canaries, this time Lanzarote.

Quite windy and cloudy but plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, went to shoot at Cuava de Los Verdes (bit overpriced if you ask me) and the Cactus Garden and took some close-ups while blurring with the zoom as the shutter speed hinged around 1/30, some pleasing results, then we ended our holiday with a climb up  Montaña Roja, which gives a spectacular view over the whole area.

Some pix:

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All photos in this post: copyright: Bartolomy, all rights reserved!

 

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Taken on a cold wintry evening on my way back from a museum visit.

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Been a while

It has been a few months since I have been posting here, and besides using my iPhone on Instagram it doesn’t amount to much.

In the mean time, time allowing, some changes to a new website and photographs will be done as well and especially the metal stuff, I have made a load of scans but there is so much more to do.

Then the design museum portraits, I have worked on a lot of them a while back and they will be published shortly. Over the 4 year period that I made those portraits the technique has grown so the older shots deserve another ‘look’.

The Kiss is still ongoing, but I take them more with my iPhone than with my Nikon gear, here’s one I shot last week in Shoreditch.

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And a nice rainbow shot last night while dangling outside my bedroom window. Rainbow_Over_Stoke_newington-by_Bartolomy_BAR3937

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Malta

The missus and I decided to go to Malta for a quick break, as it was her birthday and we wanted to go somewhere warmer than the U.K. just to break that wintry and above all wet U.K. spell.We got ourselves based in Mellieha which is the north of the island, where it was relatively quiet. Malta itself is not very big and this messes with your head a tad as when you drive around and look at the map you expect places to be a bit further apart, but every 2 or 3 miles you are in the next town or village.

We hired a car a few days and also took the bus to some major places like Valletta and the Three Cities, the bus system is really excellent, for about £ 1.20 you can travel around for the entire day. They are punctual and tidy, to some people who read this this may be the norm, but not in London 😉 The quality of the roads overall is terrible, it makes Kingsland Rd look like the green on a pool table.

There is quite a lot to see in Malta, but you will have to arrive early as a lot of sights are closed for the afternoon, which is a bit frustrating for us northerners, as these southerners have a different way of life, the siesta continues even in winter!

Our personal fave was Gozo, the smaller island next to Malta, its look is just tidier and also its coolness factor, you just want Malta to be like that.

On our last eve we saw the moon rise, from the horizon, something I have not seen before, magical.

Special thanks to Dan Perry for providing great info as to where to go and what to do while being there!

Some pictures of our travels.

All photographs copyright Bartolomy, all rights reserved.

No public reproduction of any kind allowed!

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Paul Fusco

I don’t really write, or comment about other photographers.

In fashion i/e there are not many that I really admire, and the ones that I do have achieved granddad status 🙂 or are not among us anymore. The ones that have been added on the so called BIG status these past two decades not one has ‘moved’ me as these old timers have. I have to confess I have not bought a fashion mag in more than a decade, but I do check them out and I catch myself to go through them faster and faster for the sheer vacuousness they display.

If you think of shooting with a large umbrella in front of a white backdrop is edgy and ground breaking, then think again, people like Albert Watson, Bill King, Bert Stern, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn did it decades before you and a lot better too, the fact that this way of displaying fashion images is still being used shows the real conservative side of the fashion industry, Juergen Teller changed his style from cross processing to a more simpler approach (and incorporating a ring flash) and it brought him a lot of success, to me his shots became a lot more uninteresting, that’s my personal opinion, like it or not.

These days any young photographer will spunk a set out for free just to get published in the one too many online/print magazines which hardly anyone is bothered to read in the first place, no need to delude yourself it is a fact. Part of the blame is also to the huge flood of digital images which has devalued this profession to scrap. The Chicago Sun Times just dropped all their 28 photographers, one of them being a Pulitzer price winner John H. White. The paper will ask their correspondents to come up with the photos and videos.

I could go on and rant like the next dissatisfied armchair critic, so I better stop.

Here is something to spend a few minutes of your quality time on, the RFK funeral train, Paul Fusco’s photographs which I personally find one of the most moving set of shots I have ever seen.  It makes a project like The Bench look pussy. The funny thing about that project I did is that I personally feel the least connected with it in an emotional way as I always thought ”anyone else can do this”, yet overall everyone likes it a lot, I have only received two negative feedback against hundreds of positive ones.

One day I hope to understand that  unemotionally involved pix of mine get more appreciation than the ones I bleed my heart and soul out for.

 

 

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Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria

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A lot of the island of Gran Canaria along the coast is very built up, but the last village on the southern coast Puerto de Mogan has escaped, so far, the huge apartment complexes and the lit up boulevards rammed with  KFC and other related establishments that offer no real value. Puerto de Mogan is sleepy compared to its neighbouring villages and towns, only to wake up on Friday where a huge market is being set up. Other than that a beach front with many restaurants, of which the majority offer the same touristic tapas fare or try to lure you in with a large beer for 2 euros (it seems to work for many). The marina is nice, good for strolling about and just hang and have a meal or a cocktail. Many Norwegians and Danish here escaping the freezing Nordic temp, and although they are the main group there are still plenty of other EU nations represented so you do not have that ”invaded by such and such nationalities” vibe at all. The food is not cheap here, you will have to go inland to get better deals (as always) but overall a really pleasant place to stay if you want some winter sun.

 

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The Bench vs Bench

I was going through my Twitter feed and stumbled across something that caught my eye: Ukrainian photographer Eugene Kotenko spent four years documenting one bench outside his house. Thought that sounds similar to my project from 2005, and upon looking at it is VERY similar. The differences being the location (now that would be freaky) and the time frame; I spent about 6 weeks doing this, as I knew I had to move house so there was a definite end to my project, which also suited me fine as I would be well bored doing this for four years if you ask me.

Another difference is, by the looks of it, his are tripod based whereas mine were taken hand held.

Let’s get one thing straight I am not pissed off, well a bit as he gets a lot of recognition for it which I don’t think is deserved. When I finished the project I had a similar project in mind (not telling 🙂 ) as a follow-up but it was so identical in execution as a photographer that I decided not to do it and shoot The Kiss instead, as that proved to be a challenging task, and it still is.

The total collection consists of 243 pictures and I will release it in book form, and no I am not rushing it out just because Eugene Kotenko has done a very similar project as mine (his starting 3 years after I finished mine!). I simply lack the time and there are two books before this one slated for release first.

Anyway I have moved on, here are a few shots from The Bench shot between July/September 2005.

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