For me, often photography is a paradox–the attempt at true representation of real life that at the same time requires a turning away, a distraction from the immediate happenings. You may, momentarily at least, and usually at the most beautiful moment, unwrap your arms from the warmth of another in order to mess with the… Read More Tenerife, et al…
The anchoas de Santoña in Cantabria are supposed to be the best in Spain. I would agree. Visiting the coast of Cantabria is another reminder of the diversity of Spain’s landscape, cultures and food. The ancient and well-preserved town of Santillana feels like a little Salamanca, although with just a few too many shops aimed solely… Read More España Verde, Part 1: San Vicente de la Barquera / Santander, Cantabria
Almería doesn’t enjoy the notoriety of Sevilla, Granada or Córdoba; it probably doesn’t want it anyway. In some ways, it doesn’t even seem to belong in Andalucía. The accent is more akin to that of Múrcia, and the coastal temperature doesn’t reach the highs of inland Andalucía. The citizens here once almost voted to govern… Read More Almería again
Whatever the city of Almería may lack aesthetically, it makes up, for me, in the abundance of natural beauty it keeps just outside its suburbs and in the conviviality of its content people. The town and immediate vicinity is a mix of white-walled utilitarian dwellings, port facilities, meandering pathways, and a crapload of greenhouses, (many… Read More La Alcazaba and Cabo de Gata (Almería)
Inside a corner bar in the town of Aranjuez, 50 kilometers south of Madrid, there is often a round, stocky man with calloused hands and a deep laugh, standing next to his bald friend, a glass of wine held tightly in his hand. He owns 1500 chickens, he tells us, and the provider of… Read More Spanish Wine in a (big) Nutshell
Villages seem to develop a particular character when they find themselves clinging to the sides of tilted and rough terrain, spilling into valleys over terraced ground. Cathedrals appear more substantial, monuments with steeples and bell towers pierce the sky with more authority, especially when viewed from a lower vantage point. On the northwest coast of… Read More Dime Cosas…The Steep Side of Mallorca
When one takes to the time to recollect the evidence of experience, without the weight of sentimentality, through conversation, stories, or solitary reflection, the result can be unexpected. Here is a quick collection of some of the photographs I’ve taken, each picture representing something great and memorable in my experience and life here in Spain.… Read More España, condensed. (Photo highlights up to 1-8-2011).