Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The storm that did not come

I was notified yesterday that I am among the finalists of the XXIII Concurso de FotografĂ­a "Torremolinos" (theme Torremolinos) with my photograph "Playa de la Carihuela" (Carihuela Beach) (the first of both pictures hereunder)! 
This part of the contest was a photo marathon: all pictures had to been taken between May 6-8. We were not lucky that weekend, as the weather forecast was heavy rainfall and storm. I rushed to the beach on Friday afternoon to take some pictures.

Our beaches are nice (of course, they are urban), but generally, they look like those on postcards: blue sky, turquoise sea, sun, many people... On that Friday, the atmosphere was surrealistic. The small fisherman's houses looked like smaller than usual under such a black sky, waiting for the storm - that finally did not come. 

 Playa de la Carihuela

Paseo marĂ­timo de la Carihuela (this picture was not selected, but it is my favourite)

Monday, 23 May 2016

Street Art in Lagunillas, Malaga (Spain)

There is a small fascinating quarter just behind Malaga's crowded historic centre, and only very few tourists lose their way there: Lagunillas. I did not know anything about it until I read an article about Lagunillas' own "art route" in the newspaper some weeks ago.
Lagunillas consists in a few streets only, and many houses would need a rehabilitation (if they are not demolished already), but the artworks I saw there are very strong, as well in terms of colours as in terms of motifs. 
Street art! Art in the street instead of art in museums and private collections! Art by and for the people who live there, art telling us about lack of prospects and work, (no) future and crisis, fear, drugs and violence, food and drinks, religious and music idols, love, life. Mermaids, monsters, stars, chicken and dogs.
I took many pictures, too many perhaps, because I was fascinated. (BTW, you will not find them on my website, because I am only the medium here and not the artist myself).



Sunday, 15 May 2016

Rain and sun

Last week was quite rainy, which is not usual here, and Spanish people use to say that rain in May is gold. Now the wind and the showers are gone, time to enjoy the blooming hedges and the green nature (before they get droughty)!