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!

 

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faces of Boa #6

Fatima

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 

Faces Of Boa #3

A great night spent at Morabeza Beach Bar. Drinks, drums and fire eaters. The sunset wasn’t a thing but to be honest, that didn’t matter. 

And I’m really terrible at getting the names of my subjects! I have messaged the bar to see if they can help me out so I could well update this post later.

Many thanks to the staff at the Morabeza Bar the African dancers, Casadimansa and the guys in the shop who helps me choose a shirt and made my obligatory wrist band! 

Beautiful View….

So, it’s been a while since I posted and I’ve got the audacity to use the hash tag #photographyblogger on my Instagram posts so I thought I’d better pop back to where it all started… At the moment I’m on holiday with my family in Boa Vista and it’s amazing. A little on the overcast (high cloud, not that great lumpy stuff we get back in the UK) side but there have been some great opportunitys for landscape photography but I’ve decided to set myself a little challenge. So often on holidays like this I tend to rely on my preconceived opinions rather that actually seeing what’s there so, for the rest of this holiday I’m going to park my opinion firmly in the back seat and let the world decide what it wants to be and try to capture the best bits with my camera. So, People of Boa Vista #1 is John (I think that might be a non de plume) 

A souvenir seller on the beach in front of the hotel. He lives in Sal Rei and walks along the beach every day to sell his wares. 

I was at his pitch a few days ago when there wasn’t a soul about apart from the local stray dogs (who are very friendly and fit as butchers) 

See, I still had to crow bar the landscape shot in! 

So, for the next week and a bit I’m going to try and find out more about the people who make this wonderful place tick. Wish me luck! 

Neglect…

It’s a hard word and I have no excuses so I won’t bother trying.

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Sorry I haven’t been about folks. I do have every intention of including my blog more in my everyday life which I’ll admit has been fairly busy recently (see, the excuses had to start) But, there have been some developments.

I am now one of the founding members of the Mere Photography Collective (aka Meretogs) A small local collection of photographers who will being meeting in the pub and sharing their knowledge, experience and tips over a couple of beers!

I am also honoured to be featured on The Ink Pot Online Gallery a great little charity that enables disadvantaged and upcoming artists to get their work out there. Feel free to fill your carts Peeps! ;o)

And also, still taking photos… And that’s the important bit! ;O0

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Peace you beautiful people! xxx

Manual 365/ More: Dear Mr Photographer…

…It’s just a photo of you, taking a photo of me, taking a photo of you…

But I have two things to tell you:

One, My view was better and two…dsc_2267-editTell that grumpy bugger to your right to lighten up! dsc_2267-edit-2

Oh, and three, my view’s definitely better than yours! DSC_2312-Pano.JPG And you now know that I’ve got to trawl Instagram to try and find the picture he took!…. (If you find it let me know, it’ll be of a long haired hippy hanging about in a posh churchyard… Looking smug! ;o))

Peace Peeps! xxx