As you probably know, last month I went to Almeria in Spain for a weeks holiday. It was my first beach / sun / relaxing type of holiday for years. I enjoyed relaxing but I did take a few photographs to share with you. This statue, pictured above was in the middle of a roundabout in the tourist resort side of Roquetas de Mar, a few miles west of Almeria. To me it looks like a large, white, stone heart but when I have shown others they often saw other things. For example, someone thought that it looked like two fish or dolphins nose to nose. After a week of exploring the area around Almeria, I found there were a lot of these types of statues. Almeria was host to the 2005 Mediterranean Games and so many statues represent sports. Sadly, I found almost no information about any of the statues. I walked around the roundabout where the above heart statue was and found no information about the artist or the statue’s title, in Spanish or English! If you have any information on this symbol I would love to know, or if you thought it represents something other than love then I would love to read it in the comments below.
I really enjoy visiting and photographing town and city centres, and whilst in Spain two weeks ago I was keen to photograph the main town of Almeria. After a couple of days in Spain, I realised this wasn’t going to be as easy as I first thought. Although the weather was fantastic, in terms of lovely clear blue skies, the temperature was very hot. Being from England, I am not used to it at all. I did make it on the bus to Almeria, but only ended up using my compact camera. I think that day I took about 6 photographs, and this is one of them. For me to take six pictures you know it must have been hot, as my usual is 200+ in a day. I like the way the beach front has large palm trees along the pathway. However the beach itself here isn’t sandy, its more stony but still great for swimming.
This time last week, I was sat on our balcony reading my book and saw potential photographs. This was one of them. I thought that the semi-circular opening in the wall would give an interesting frame for an image. The way the light was coming through at such a diagonal gave the sky a strong gradient. The orange coloured roof tops stood out so strongly against the white walls and blue sky, it was hard for me not to get off my chair and grab my camera. Although the scene through the wall isn’t very spectacular, I will certainly look out for more potential images that could be taken through a window or wall opening in the future. It seems to give the final picture an extra dimension when you include these details in framing the shot. If you disagree or agree with me on this one please comment below, I am always interested in what my readers think of my photos, especially the more experimental ones such as this.
Travelling back to the Airport in Almeria, Spain last week I saw this statue in the middle of a roundabout. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a couple of photos. Not bad, for the fact it was taken through a moving coach window. The Indalo is a prehistoric “magical” symbol that was originally found in the cave of “Los Letreros” in Velez Blanco, Spain. It has been customary to paint this symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil and is considered to be a god totem. It is meant to be good luck to be given this symbol as a gift but bad luck if you buy one for yourself. They have hundreds of these symbols around the area of Spain I visited ranging, from stickers on backs of cars to little statues to key rings.