Well I never….

So, this is getting real. It’s less than a week until my next photography exhibition. The prints are done and ready and there’s no going back… I can’t wait (Ok, ok, I know, it’s just me showing off but hey, photography still rocks!)

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And here’s a thought I’m going to leave you with, the small cluster of stars in the top of this image are The Seven Sisters, Pleiades (and not Ursa Minor as I’ve thought over the last 45 years… That’s embarrassing) and they’re 444.2 light years away which means that the photons I’ve captured in this image left the source 120 years before Stourhead was even imagined… that’s mindblowing!

The print should be in situ within the next few days and I’ll post here and on my Instagram account to keep you up to date @focalthingy if you’re not already there.

 

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52 Faces… Kickin’ up sand Bro!

DSC_8594.jpgHe says as he slinks away into week two of this year… I could make excuses like I’m in holiday mode or I’ve been learning dodge and burn or is that burn and dodge (photoshop Nerds’ll know and I really have!) but the honest answer is…

I’m scared… Portraiture is such a huge step, don’t get me wrong. I think, with lots of effort (that’s the hard bit) and lots of mistakes I can make it work but I don’t just want to take snapshots, I want to… I have no idea… But I do, I want to feel as natural taking a portrait as I do taking a landscape. So many people have helped me in my journey so far (thank you Tanya, Jess, Nigel, Kiran, Sandie, Kayleigh and Reece)

People are amazing, people are weird, people are people and I want to capture that…

Right, gloves off and it should’t hurt… Too much.

Strela Delivery: Salrei, Twas the week before Christmas… #beer

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More Beer!

 

Breakdown…

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Here’s a thought… The wreckage of the Cabo Santa Maria, shipwrecked just off Praia De Atalanta, Boa Vista in 1968 with a total tonnage of 4972 tonnes is expected be gone within 10 years. In the meantime, that little plastic oil container in the bottom left of the photo is going to be about for the next 500 years minimum…

Boa Vista…

Ok, I have a confession to make…. I awoke this morning to the best sunrise of the holiday…

And then the beach, bar and sun kind of distracted me so I didn’t manage to get to Rabil but hey, as they say in these parts…

Home tomorrow… I’m going to miss this place….

Thanks Fatima, for the bracelet, it’s going to be my motto for 2018!

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A smile, a chat and a shed load of trinkets. 

My aim tomorrow is to walk into the nearest town and really get to see a bit of Boa Vista life. It’s our last full day here and while I’ve done the holiday maker thing I feel that I should take myself out of the comfort zone and take a chance, trust my fellow beings! 

And, Fatima, if you ever see this post. Your shop looks amazing just before sunset. X

Faces of Boa #5

Well, there we have it, Christmas day done and dusted and I’m going to take a moment to thank the staff of the hotel. There’s over 1600 of us guests, all expecting our own little Christmas and, from what I’ve seen, if it’s even a little bit wrong the festive spirit and goodwill to all disperses quicker than the smile on a baby’s face when sucking on a lemon! My oh my have I seen some dower faces…

But through it all the staff smiled on and worked their collective backsides off. 

Most of them are away from their families so I wish them a very merry Christmas and swiftness to the end of their stint so they can get home. 

Faces of Boa #4

A little trip out around the south of the island yesterday took us to Pavoacao Velha in the shadow of one of the islands extinct volcanos. A small but vivid glimpse of life on the island now and back into its past. If you take a look at the timeline of the Island you can see that the population has exploded over the last 15 years with the establishment of hotels and a tourist industry. Kind of makes you wonder what the actual Boa Vestians think about it….

I do know that the current residents of Pavoacao Velha have one hell of a party planned today and I’d like to wish them, and the rest of you a very merry Christmas! #peace #nostress