Monthly Archives: May 2019

Madeira

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Madeira is a remarkable photographic challenge, with shear cliffs, very few accessible natural beaches and black basalt as the main rock, finding locations for seascapes is decidedly hard. On the other hand, when one is able to get down to the sea this volcanic island, battered by the Atlantic, has a truly remarkable coastline.

This series of images explores the mists and waters of Madeira both around the coast and inland on this remarkable island. Some of these images are inspired by the work of the Scottish-based, American photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper, whose work I first came across in an exhibition at the Centro das Artes, Casa das Mudas, in Calhetta, Madeira, over 10 years ago. That exhibition, entitled “Point of No Return” included an image, entitled Unexpected Nightfall, taken in Porto Moniz in the northwest of Madeira. Interestingly, when I visited this same part of the island, I ended up photographing the same rock, clearly Porto Moniz’s most photogenic rock! I certainly had Cooper’s image at the back of my mind when I made the photograph. Interestingly, it was close to nightfall at the time, the wind was strengthening, Madeira was about to get an orange weather alert, and it needed a number of exposures to get both the water draped over the rock and the turbulence around it.