A Week in Andalusia – El Gastor & Grazalema

Whenever I travel, I like to document my adventure as best I can. For my trip to Spain last July, I had really wanted to vlog, however, it ended up being too hot to carry around my digital camera and instead I resorted to shooting on film. My Canon AE-1 and a couple rolls of Portra 400 went everywhere with me.

We arrived in Malaga and quickly picked up our rental car. We then began the drive from Malaga to El Gastor where we were staying.

IMG_8226.jpg

Every night we would watch the sun set behind the mountains and then stay up talking and watching the stars.

IMG_8231.jpg

I had to take a siesta everyday around noon until 2pm as I wasn’t very good at coping with the heat and would end up with a migraine. However, after my nap, I’d jump back into the pool, or rather have to be pulled in, so as to avoid painfully warming up in the cool water.

The place felt very magical, I’m glad that I don’t know any Andalusian folklore, otherwise, I’m sure I would have convinced myself that there were creatures lurking in the desert hills surrounding us.

IMG_8330.jpg

Grazalema, a beautiful cliff top town was the first place we visited. Of course, visits only happened after two in the afternoon, so as to avoid the hottest part of the day. The road to get there was crazy bendy, and was often a single track lane.

IMG_8268.jpg

When we finally got to Grazalema, we had ice cream and sat in the town square. We wandered the streets, seeking shade between the houses.

IMG_8303.jpg

Surrounded by tree covered mountains, Grazalema has a very tropical feel to it.

IMG_8334.jpg

Grazalema is a picturesque town, with its white painted houses and greenery. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area!

IMG_8285.jpg

 

 

 

First Post of 2016!

Last year, I came up with a bunch of resolutions. I wanted to watch more films, read more books and eat vegetarian. This year, my resolutions move away from my personal life and more towards my work life.

My goals this year are to promote and have more photoshoots with my company Je Photographe. At the end of 2015, I began to transition away from digital photography and more into analog. Film captures a spirit that I haven’t seen in digital photography. As a result, I am hoping to share more film pictures on my Society6 account. I am already working hard to launch a new line of products from my Norway and Sweden trip from December 2015.

IG-22.jpg

Finally, I want to focus on my school related projects and try to create as many films and scripts as I can in the next year. In February, I am shooting a short music video inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have yet to finish casting, or secure an actual film camera. However, the film that we will be shooting on is kindly being donated by a professor. We are hoping to create the film in a one take. We will only have three tries to get it right, but have an entire week to create the piece physically. My other big goal for the year is to finish a short screenplay I have been working on for the past year and a half. I’d be ecstatic if it were to get commissioned as a grad film. However, I’m a ways from that!

I’m going to push myself as hard as I can and I can focus on relaxing when I visit Spain in July. I’m looking forward to exploring a new country and I’m excited to take some new film pictures!

So here’s to a very productive 2016!

IG-19.jpg