Slow off the mark!

Well here I am with my head in the sand yet again, completely oblivious to the world (well sometimes anyway). So, I need to do a few things, put a few things right and correct the error of my ways, so here-we-go…

Firstly, a long-overdue thanks to Blue Line for making one of my pictures their photograph of the day – http://www.bluelyn.com/2012/03/07/photo-of-the-day-mar-7/ Very sorry for not acknowledging this sooner. This is a great website and I recommend you all look at it, though evidently I haven’t viewed it for a while :-S

Secondly, I was lucky enough to be nominated for an award on 16 March and have just appreciated that along with an award comes great responsibility so, a BIG thank you to Ummanaal’s Musings for their Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination. Now I understand that I have to say seven things about myself and make some nominations, ooer :-S There are so many fantastic blogs that it was difficult to choose, I hope you all like my choices and understand why I’ve chosen them!

The nominations (in no specific order):

versatilebloggerawardVersatile Blogger:

http://ambersol.wordpress.com/
http://m5son.wordpress.com
http://latinosinlondon.wordpress.com
http://mehmudahrehman.wordpress.com
http://www.bluelyn.com/
http://catchcarri.com/

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kreativ_bloggerCreative Blogger (sorry, refuse to use K & and drop the E):

http://rodposse.com/
http://lightswimming.com
http://photobotos.com/
http://guroleirvag.wordpress.com
http://justalittlebrit.wordpress.com
http://photolord.com

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very-inspirational-blogger1Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

http://athyfoto.wordpress.com
http://emilygoochphotos.wordpress.com/
http://dezradespain.wordpress.com/
http://ingaphotography.wordpress.com/
http://www.andreudoz.com/ (not sure if this is a blog still)
http://googsy.wordpress.com/

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Toot-toot!

Toot-toot!

Thirdly and lastly, seven things about myself, hmmm…. ok here goes (LOL),

  1. Sneezy
  2. Sleepy
  3. Dopey
  4. Grumpy
  5. Happy
  6. Bashful
  7. Loves coffee & making music 🙂

Doc is NOT a character trait and therefore must be ostracised!!!

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Playa de la Media Luna

Though I’ve not really travelled as much as some people, I’d like to think that I’ve been to a few places and seen lots of different beaches however, there is one beach that for me stands out above all that I’ve seen so far, Playa de la Media Luna (Half Moon Beach) right in the middle of Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna

I try to go to this beach as often as I can and there are many reasons why I love it so much; it’s craggy rock-formations on either side, the snorkelling (always see at least one octopus), you can lie on this beach and look at the beautiful Sierra de Cabo de Gata, the chilled and relaxed atmosphere, it’s one of the least crowded as most visitors tend to go for Playa de los Genoveses or Playa de Mónsul (both very nice beaches also). The sand is fine and grey – almost golden, the sea is clear – what could be better?

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna is one of the many beaches on the coastal stretch known as the Costa de Almería. The Costa de Almería consists of the coastal municipalities of the province of Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The coast extends 217 kilometres (135 mi) and includes 13 municipalities, from Pulpí on the border with the province of Murcia to Adra on the border with the province of Granada.

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna

Playa de la Media Luna

Andalucía es de cine – Cabo de Gata

Two truly fantastic movies showing the beauty of the area I live in, the area that I would love to show YOU around!!

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Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

During the day of the Snow Moon (last full moon – see here for blog post), I also took some photographs around the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata where I live. Though I have already posted a couple of photographs (see here), I wanted to make a slide show of the others from the same day so people can see what sort of thing to expect from this stunning area of the world.

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Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography
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martyn@martynthompson.net
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More Full Moon Fever

Well, it’s a full moon tonight so I’m hoping to be out taking photographs… can’t wait!!

Here’s a photo of Playa el Embarcadero from a previous full moon outing, can you see the movement of the stars?

Playa el Embarcadero

Playa el Embarcadero

Personal Landscapes

I once read a really good article on intimate landscapes – put simply, the concept is that you isolate a part of the landscape and make a series of photographic studies of it, I guess in a similar way that Monet painted seemingly endless pictures of haystacks.

Since then, I have become fascinated by the idea of creating your own personal landscapes whereby using the above techniques, you are interacting with a very small abstract part of the environment. The resulting photographs have as much to do with the relationship between you and the subject as any aesthetic. Looking at this a little more esoterically, surely there are positive health benefits as during this interaction with the landscape, you are becoming at one and therefore must gain a sense of peace and well-being from this exercise, well at least I felt like I did. If I had the time (and money) I would like to explore this potential more and possibly write a thesis but life always gets in the way of such ambitions!

Whilst studying photography, I discovered two artists who’s styles I’d say have greatly influenced my outlook, Ralph Gibson and André Kertesz, Ralph Gibson in particular appealed to me. He works mostly with his Leica and a fixed focal length lens which I believe is 50mm, the equivalent of what the naked eye sees. My tutor would tell me stories about how he would manipulate himself into positions and vantage points to overcome the limitations of using the one lens, in fact for Ralph Gibson using the one lens wasn’t a limitation at all – it allowed him to get close to his subject and study details in a way he may not have been able to otherwise. By-the-way, I’ve never actually read anything to substantiate this, I have only been told this by my tutor so I hope he’s right!

Going back now to the idea of the personal landscapes and combining it with the methodology used by Ralph Gibson, I set off with my camera and a single 35mm lens (the equivalent of a 50mm lens in old-school photographic terms) to make studies of an aspect of the landscape that always moves me, the sea.

Though it’s debatable whether the resulting photographs have any major visual appeal, that’s not actually important – what IS important is that to me these photographs have a personal meaning and if anyone else is able to understand this, then so-much-the-better. having said all that, I’m going to show them off anyway 🙂

Solskala – Ready To Run

Music by Solskala, beautiful locations by Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata 🙂

Vocals performed by Amber McClean and Chloe Harewood.
Original lyrics and melody written by Amber McClean.
All other instruments written and performed by Martyn Thompson.
Produced by Martyn Thompson.
Video clips recorded and assembled by Amber McClean, at Playa Genoveses, Cala Carbon, Playa de Los Muertos and Cala del Plomo, in Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Almeria, Spain.
(c) Solskala 2011.