Porto Moniz, Madeira, Portugal. 5 to 6 meter high waves roll in from the Atlantic ocean, crashing on to the rocky shoreline. The noise of the waves hitting the volcanic rocks is deafening. It’s an intimidating scene. It’s my second day at Madeira and already the images are piling up. It’s always great to have a flying start. But now is not the time to wonder away. I have to stay focused to keep my equipment and myself dry and away from the saltwater spraying all over the place. I’m in a strange place. Actually I’m in a swimming pool. The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz are famous among sun seekers and during the day, it’s a tourist destination (and a great fun to relax indeed while waiting for the light). But when the sun sets and all the tourists have gone back to the southeastern part of the Island, the pools become a landscape photographers dream. With great light, a spectacular view, easy access to the rocks and countless compositions just waiting to be exposed.
Madeira. It’s not a destination that springs to mind when thinking about great landscape photography. And that’s weird. Because Madeira has it all. Beautiful rocky shorelines, damp lush green forests, sloping hills, beautiful mountain scenery. I’m truly surprised why this little Portuguese Island for the coast of Morocco isn’t a landscapers hotspot. In the twelve days that I’ve visited the Island, I’ve seen an Island that’s easy accessible, cheap to get to and with a diversity of landscapes that could keep you busy for weeks. I’ve made underwater images, photographed in the mountains at 1810 meters and hiked along levadas and trough it’s subtropical forests. I’ve made so many images that, for the first time ever, I ran into a serious back up space problem. But now I’m back, running all the images trough the usual workflow processes. I’ll share more results in the coming days along with some great other news, so stay tuned!