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Embrujo de Granada | Kate Vredevoogd

The very first image I made in Granada, wandering through the Sacromonte (a mountain full of cave homes and gypsy dwellings).

Words and Photography by Kate Vredevoogd

 

Last Friday we had the first in our 'Delve Introducing' series, based on Kate Vredevoogd. Well, Kate's back with her series 'Embrujo de Granada', which pretty much translates to 'Granada's Charm'. The series is currently on display in an exposition hall in Spain.

"After selling all my possessions in Seattle and taking off on a one month road trip across the U.S.A. I left my car in Boston and bought a ticket to Spain. I travelled for a few weeks and then found myself in Granada. After a few interesting adventures, I realised that charm of Granada had taken over me and I made the off the cuff decision to skip my flight home; which was two years ago and I'm still in Granada. The series takes the viewers on my journey of falling in love with and finding a new home in an unknown land and the process of it becoming part of me.

In Trevélez, surrounded by clouds. 

The Alhambra, illuminated by the light after a storm. 

When I first arrived to Granada in 2013 I was just setting off on what I imagined to be a solo journey around Spain after traveling around the USA for a month. I had no plans; just three months to explore and a plane ticket home. 

This is my story of finding myself completely in love with a city, a culture a life and a man that I didn't know before, and the transformation that happens inside you when you go from feeling like a stranger to feeling like you're exactly where you're meant to be. 

Two years later Granada has become my permanent home and with these images I want to share the subtle details, the energy of this city that took over me and wouldn't let me board my return flight to Seattle. For me, these pictures are painted with magic and represent the two most enchanted years of my life".

In the Alpujarra, where you'll find a labyrinth of berber villages, all painted white. 

Evening light through a window in the Alhambra.

My village, in the mountains. 

Andalusian window. 

December beach. 

A gitana's heels. Flamenco is a whole body experience. 

Granada's colors of winter. 

Palace lights, city lights. 

Uphill alleys, climbing towards the Alhambra.

Fresh.

Village life in Pampaneira.

Rain drops on Almond blossoms. 

The city of fountains. 

There's magic everywhere.

The Sierra Nevada and olive trees. 

City-lit mountain silhouette. 

Palomas y Granadas / Doves and Pomegranates.

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Delve Introducing | Kate Vredevoogd

Words and Photography by Kate Vredevoogd

 

Welcome to the start of our 'Delve Introducing' series! Introducing creative and adventurous folk from around the world. We're kicking this game off with Kate from Seattle, currently residing in Granada, Spain. Read on to get a deeper insight into Kate's life, photography and inspiration.

So where do you call home?

It depends on the story I’m telling and who I’m talking to. My home where I’ve spent most of my life is a small port town in Washington State called Bellingham, but the last time I was home visiting, something felt different. I currently live in Granada, Spain in a village called Monachil. So far it feels more like home than anything.

What countries have you've visited? 

My first international flight was when I was 2 or 3 to Jalisco, Mexico with my family. We would spend our family vacations in a funny little fishing village. I remember doing a writing assignment in third grade calling the village, Barra de Navidad, my second home. When I was 15 I travelled around Thailand with one of my best friends teaching English and starting trouble; one of the best experiences of my life. My next adventure was when I was 17. I set off to Bratislava, Slovakia to visit a friend I had made while she was studying in Bellingham. We travelled together to Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Austria and Poland. That was fantastic; I think Budapest was my favourite city. During that trip I brought my old Nikon FE2 and really started feeling a connection with photography, even though most of the pictures I made were garbage. A few years later, already addicted to travelling, I went to Salamanca, Spain for the summer to study. Having fallen in love with a Spaniard, I spent the next few years obsessing about my return. Finally, in 2013 I came back to Spain and have made it my permanent residence. Since then I’ve visited the Netherlands to find the small village that my family emigrated from, to France to see Visa Pour L’image in Perpignan, to Portugal, and to Morocco. 

What genre would you say your photography falls under? 

That’s a question I wish somebody would answer for me. I think I’m still looking for my niche, or working on forming it. I think stylistically speaking, the lighting is what distinguishes my work more than content, but landscapes attract me, and I tend to use a 24 mm lens more than anything. I would give it a name of travel/lifestyle photography, however I have always been interested in documentary photography as well.

What inspires your work?

Anything can inspire me, it doesn’t have to be a visual element. A feeling, a smell, a texture. Most often, it’s a feeling.

What does the future hold for you?

This summer I’ll be doing some travelling with GetYourGuide, a tour booking platform, as part of their visual team which should be fun. They’ve already sent me to Barcelona and Tangiers, and I’ll be going to Istanbul, Paris, and Amsterdam this summer. I’ve got a series on expo right now in Granada, and next year it will be moving to a very prestigious museum in the city center so I’ll be promoting that. Otherwise, I’ll just keep shooting and exploring! 

Any inspirational words for the Delve readers? 

Every time you have a coffee in Granada, they give you a packet of sugar with a pretty quote on it, and there’s one that I seem to always get whose moral is that we spend all our lives waiting for the weekend, for next month, next year and we forget to live in today. I think it’s so important to stop and enjoy every detail, every person, every moment as it passes. Maybe that’s what inspires my work…

Also, my husband has some little life quotes that he says often, one of which he’s got tattooed on his wrist. “Quien apuesta gana” which he translates to “Who dares wins.” I definitely live this way, it means you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy the ticket. I don’t ever want to miss the chance that something amazing could happen because I didn’t try, so my advice would be to gamble on yourself, don’t miss any opportunities!

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Book City | Richard Booth's Bookshop

Words and Photography by Sam Hardwick

 

Beams, banisters and bookcases. The distinct aroma of old ink and aged pages. Floorboards moaning with the history of every person to wander upon its surface. Throw these into a mix and then to me, you have a bookshop with atmosphere and character. Time and time again I have found myself drawn to one particular shop. Richard Booth's Bookshop, located in the little town of Hay-On-Wye.

Hay-On-Wye, on the England/Wales border,  is world renowned for the endless bookshops that line its streets. The first few times I visited, I felt like I was navigating a labyrinth of lanes. I still get a little disorientated at times, but it makes book hunting all the more fun! Geared with a modest sized rucksack, I traverse from the car park, hopping shop to shop.

 
 

Each possible route through the town is crammed with book, coffee and antique shops. Regardless of the route taken, my start and end point stay the same. Check out the maps above, showing you where I park and the location of Richard Booth's Bookshop.

Upon entering Richard Booth's Bookshop you're welcomed by a view down the length of the shop. Customers browsing different shelves, sections, and table displays. There is a more than healthy balance of new and second hand books to sift through. Shop clerks happy to answer any enquiries and lend a helping hand.

Make your way down the tables, passing the book filled glass cases, and you'll come to a few wooden steps leading down under the shop. These steps take you into a whole different scene. Low ceiling, stone floor slabs, and narrow passages between the many book shelves. If you like sci-fi and horror this is the most perfect setting for browsing the genres. I personally love the piles of books yet to be sorted that cover parts of the floor.

Explored the ground floor, wandered the basement, now it's time to check out upstairs. Follow the grand wooden staircase up and around to the first floor to be greeted by yes, more books!

The inviting tunnel above guides you towards a lounge area, with very comfy seats for you relax and read your possible purchases.

At the time of my visit there was a beautiful display celebrating book binding, with a very special version of Charles Darwin's 'On The Origin of Species'.

I should also mention the very generous sized cafe that resides on the ground floor. This bookshop seems Tardis like! The cafe serves up great coffee and other drinks, as well as tasty food!

Richard Booth's Bookshop, a much needed visit to maintain a lasting lifestyle of book reading.

Please share your favourite little shops with us. Snap some photos, scribble some words and send them in!

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Risking it | Curbar Edge in the Peak District

Words and Photography by Nick Lukey

This is a guest post from Nick at www.thebigpicturegallery.com where he went to Curbar Edge in the Peak district, we've included a map below so you can find it yourself.

Nick is a fine art photographer based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, he shoots with a Fuji XT-1 camera and provides us with fine examples of why this country is fantastic for getting out and exploring. All of his images are for sale over on his website so head over there and check out some epic landscapes.

So the last couple of days have left me kicking my heals at home due to bad weather, everytime I wanted to get out it rained. I had a plan sorted for my next shoot, I aimed to get back up to Curbar edge, as my earlier foray onto the edge was cut short due to a rather hefty thunder storm.  So I knew where I wanted to be, knew what time I needed to be there by, but would the weather lift?

It rained on and off during the drive, even sat in the car in the car park waiting until it stopped, I was still in two minds about spending the evening out on the tops if the weather wasn't going to change. So I set off goretext to the max. After 20 minutes or so the rain stopped and to the west the cloud started to break up, and I was left with the most beautiful light I could ever wish for.

All came good, I was bang on perfect for the right light to be hitting the edge, was fortunate the weather broke when it did. The reward for a 50 mile round trip was to be in some of the best light I have shot in. If I had not bothered and been at home when the weather cleared I would have been going nuts, and possible swore at the cat.

Some of the evenings images, all shot with the Fuji Xt1 and 14mm, I only used the 55-200mm for a few shots.

 


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Let's Go Climb A Mountain | South Sister

Words and Photography by guest Hailey Arnold

It was a sunny Thursday, an average one you could say, sitting in a lecture about the post-modern art world; when I get a message from a friend. “Hey I just quit playing college soccer, I now have a life, let’s go climb a mountain.” It was decided, in celebration, we were going to head in to the Three Sisters Wilderness and climb the 3rd tallest peak in Oregon, South Sister.

Things to note:

  • If you’re going to camp overnight, get there before it gets dark… Especially if you plan on hiking. Also don’t wear Chacos and have a 12-pack of Ninkasi beer in your backpack. 
  • You can still climb mountains when you are in school. 
  • Tuna packets are better than tuna cans.
  • There is nothing more rewarding than your own two legs getting you to an amazing view. 
  • “Summit Beers” are a necessary accessory one must bring to climb any sort of peak.  
  • To watch the sun rise and set in the same day is an extraordinary thing. One must attempt to see both as much as you possibly can. 
  • There is nothing like sleeping in a hammock under a vast, dark blue, pool of stars. 
  • Adventure buddies make the world go round. 

And last but not least,

  • Film is not dead.

Hailey Arnold is a keen adventurer with a sharp eye for great photos. Hailey documented this particular trip with 35mm film. Check out more of her great photography and follow @hailey.arnold on Instagram

 

 

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