Iron Gates in Pula, Sardinia

Iron Gates in Pula, Sardinia

Small towns on Mediterranean islands such as Sardinia are perfect for finding both beautiful photographs and interesting details. The above photograph features the latter. It was found in the central square of the town and the gates were big enough to drive a car through (when opened – obviously). The building these gates belong to is extremely run-down and looks as if it might collapse given half the chance. Despite that, the iron gates were extremely ornate and interesting for me as a photographer. The very dark alley behind the gates made it easier to take the picture and make sure that the iron details were “pin sharp”. It is a slight shame about the modern key hole below the handle but now I’m just being picky!

Evening Light over Sardinia, Italy

Evening Light over Sardinia, Italy

Yesterday’s photograph was more about atmosphere than beauty, but in my opinion the above photograph is a beauty – landscape with a lot of atmosphere. You should be able to make out at least seven different areas of land getting fainter and fainter into the distance. Taken over three months ago this image was captured on an evening drive around the south east area of the large Italian island. The tower you can see to the far left is a look out tower which are dotted all along the coast line.

Rocky outcrop at Nora, Sardinia

Rocky outcrop at Nora, Sardinia

I was hoping to take some photographs today but unfortunately nothing caught my eye enough for me to whip out my camera. So to break it up a little between Halloween and Guy Fawkes night / Bonfire Night I wanted to share the above image with you. It is one of my best coastal images I have ever captured, and certainly favourite taken on the island of Sardinia, Italy. I was taking a short walk from our hotel at the historic site of Nora. I don’t have a great deal to say about this image, except that I spotted the two men in the small boat rowing around the coast about five minutes before I snapped this photograph. They were very far away as they set off from the beach but as they rowed around these rocky outcrops it gave the whole image a sense of scale, something that is very important with pictures such as this one.

Piazza Carlo Alberto, Cagliari, Sardinia

Piazza Carlo Alberto, Cagliari, Sardinia

I saw this woman looking out of the window and wondered for a minute or two if I should try to take her photograph. The building reminded me a lot of the typical Italian urban photography I have seen online. The plaster on the walls looks as if it has been peeling away over decades, and nobody is in a hurry to fix it. This makes for very interesting photography. Urban pictures like the one above really come to life (literally) with the inclusion of the person. It gives scale and makes you wonder what this woman is doing there? Is it her home, or is she a tourist? Maybe she was born in that room? Nobody knows, all we can do is speculate…