A companion piece to last year’s post: Spain through the Hipstamatic eye … Images taken in Burgos, León and Lugo.
I was really thrilled that three of my images won awards at this year’s EPSON / NZIPP Professional Photography Awards. All three images have been previously featured on my blog: the Lamp Posts (Silver Distinction), the Pilgrim and the Black Cat (Bronze), and La Confesión (Bronze). The Lamp Posts was taken in Meknes, Morocco, and the other two in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Check out the other images that also won awards in the Travel and Illustrative categories – there is some beautiful work there!
The “view” was meant to be from this clifftop lookout across the Jordan valley toward Israel. As it was too hazy to see anything at all, I sat down with the owner of what seemed like this last “shop” at the edge of the world, had some of the refreshing sage tea he offered me, and bought a little silver pendant – which I still treasure.
This is probably one of the most photographed houses in the Wairarapa area. It is located in the rural community of Ponatahi just one hour from Wellington. Some people called it the haunted house, and truly when you look at it closer it looks quite spooky. But the story of this house is that it was purchased by a farmer who had the intention of renovating it to make it the new home for his family. Unfortunately all this happened during the time of farming recession in NZ, and as a consequence, the farmer couldn’t keep up with the renovation costs, and had to cope with the sadness of getting divorced at the same time. So, he let time and weather take care of the house.
The house can be seen from many kilometres away, and to me it always looks interesting and sometimes even beautiful. The Sunday I went to Ponatahi for a drive I took another look at the property and took a step back to photograph it with its surroundings and not concentrating in its dilapidated state.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir
Image taken in the Whitemans Valley, New Zealand.
The Spice Bazaar, Istanbul
Another image from the Spice Bazaar
Olive Stall, Marrakesh
Covered Shoe Market, Rabat
The ‘Upmarket’ Market of Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid
It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted anything taken with a ‘real’ camera! So, to make up for lost time, here is a selection of images taken at some very different types of markets in Turkey, Morocco, Spain and Hungary …