Hidden in the mountains just south of Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela is a picturesque schist village called Piódão. Built by the jews in the 15th century by natural materials from the mountains; schist and wood. Schist houses with slate roofs, which blend with the irregular pavement of the streets and with the colors of the mountain. All windows and doors are painted blue and its still unknown in the history why. There is a story about, because how isolated the village was (and still is), they didn’t´t have acces to much civilization. But one day a a bucket of blue paint arrived to the village and with no other choice, this was the paint to use. Above the doorways you see wooden crosses nailed. They’re made from bay tree wood that has been blessed to ward off evil spirits. The villagers live from agriculture and are also wonderful honeymakers, but turism is also an income for the village today. The last three pictures are from landscapes nearby.
A small series of pictures from the archives. I love this perspective where big becomes small and the photo has so many details. I have played with a new edit; not sure if I like the warm tone in the highlights yet and it might end up all black and white; but for now this is how they look.
These pictures are shot in Australia a few months ago. Its from a national park called Croajingolong in Victoria state and has massive sanddunes next to the Thurra River. We hiked the dunes and only with the help from friends did we not get lost.. Next to the dunes lies the ocean ready for a surf.
Ngamadijidj shelter and Gulgurn Manja Shelter – Gulgurn Manja meaning “Hands of Young People”. A place where the Jardwadjali people lived in the mountains they call Gariwerd. Love this place and all of the stories.
There are times when you look at your child and wish time would stop. I have this feeling with Vitus and his 14 years and all what it brings. A face on the borders between childhood and manhood, the independency in looks and honesty in the eyes. I just love the look of teenagers! Call me if you want your teenager documented 🙂
I have an instagram profile which I feed with mobile pics. I like to shoot pictures which come along my path. Pictures where I dont think about clients interest in the process, just me and my private path. Mostly I shoot a picture with my mobile if suddenly the light is spectacular, if I see an amazing colour or if I just like what I see. You can follow me on christina_birch_
I just found these pictures shot with an analogue camera 14 years ago. I have always loved them for what they represented to me personnally. When my oldest son was 5 months old we went on a 6 week travel in Central China and its a travel I think of very often. We were quite an attraction ourselves with our white babyboy in our arms. Labrang Monastery and the surroundings were stunning. Its the largest Tibetan monastery outside Tibet and the vibe was sacred and the feeling very loving. We met lives so different from what we know of in our western countries. Have to go back one day….
I have had the great pleasure of photographing these two gorgeous children once a year for the last 5 and 8 years. Normally we do the portraits in my studio but this year we went on an outdoor location and used the soft daylight. I love the natural look when it comes to childrens portraits.
Years ago I spent hours in the darkroom printing fine art photoes making multiple exposures. When visiting Paris recently I shot a serie of pictures with mutiple exposure digitally. Very different from the analog photoes but still fun.
We walked around the township one sunday and met these young guys having a smoke and a talk in the shade of a tree. They were all living in Khayelitsha and attending university in Cape Town. Another meeting was these kids dancing on the street to the beat of a drum made of a plastic bucket. They had fun practising a tribal dance. See more of my pictures from Khayelitsha in the menu /Projects.
Today DR starts a campaigne focusing on loneliness, I was asked by “DR Kunstklub” if I wanted to contribute with a photo with my interpretation of “Things you need to be two people to”. This picture came first to my mind and my interpretation is that you need to be two people to be able to give and be something for others. This picture was made as the “partner” for the use in a memory game.
These pictures are from the Southern Lau group islands. The islands’ inhabitants are renowned for their traditional wood carving. One day when wandering around and about in the village we met one of the artists sitting by the beach in his work shelter. He was carving this beautiful mask and offered it to my son Tristan when finished. It is a gift most treasured.
“Young couple kissing at the Louvre” I shot this picture last week when visiting Paris. Such a joy discovering this young couple in love and to shoot such a picture in a place surrounded with worldclass pictures.