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.
During the summer I shot landscapes of central Portugal. It was my first visit to these magnificent mountains and they blew me away. Immediately I felt connected with nature and and its greatness was very visible here among the rocks, gorges, lakes, rivers and trees. Very sadly this area was exposed to a horrible fire last october and the destructions seen were beyond belief; An area the size of Holland is burned. So the old gorgeous forrests have disappearred in many areas and the trees now stand black and burned, while new plants and eucalyptus trees are appearing from the ground.
Since I started doing photography the way I work has totally changed. Its not as simple as saying it changed from analogue to digital; its much more complex. Its also about how the ideas develop and how they end up on the screen or on paper. Sometimes I feel I lost some of my creativity because of this transfer in my working process. I do like digtital photography but I love analogue. I love the materials in all of the aspects and the surprices during the processes. In 2001 I travelled 6 weeks in China on trains and busses with my husband and our 5 months old baby. Among others we travelled to the cities Lanchou and Xining and the great Tibetan monastery Labrang in central China. On this travel I photographed 24-7 and used all of the cameras I could carry. I shot narrow-gauge film, analogue color and black and white on a 35mm and 6×7 negatives on a pinhole camera. I have focussed only little on the materials in the years after, but recently I was inspired to work with it again and I made these pictures. Most of them are shot on my pinhole camera. The images […]
Landscapes from Thy in the northern part of Denmark. A very large part of the region is now a nationalpark and has stunning nature and a breathtaking coastline. There´s plenty of sights and walks and lovely towns and local feels – I loved it!
I paid a visit to the friendly community in the woods of Thy in the northern part of Denmark. They describe the place as following: “Thylejren (the Thy Camp) is a free place in the sense that it contains Life, displays Life, it’s complications, it’s developments. It has space for odd characters, imaginative artists, caring mothers and fathers, shamans, horsewomen and many more. It is both part of Denmark and the society we are all part of and at the same time withdrawn from unconscious consumer’s race and “conversational kitchen’s” culture. Thylejren is owned by the association “Det Ny Samfund”, which is organized with the general meeting (every year, Aug. 21. at 2 pm) as the highest authority, that means there is no board or chairman. Decisions are mostly taken in consensus but voting can also be seen. Thylejren is a social experiment in it’s 47th year!”
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.
Eastern Cape of South Africa. Home of the Xhosa clan. This is the birthplace of Mandela. The most beautiful landscape and friendly people. Soft green hills mile after mile and suddenly the South Indian Ocean appears. No roadsigns, gravel roads and you are sure to get lost if you turn your head. Holy mountains, nights full of stars, drums, huts, goats, spiders and snakes.
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….
When travelling the outbacks of Australia with my family we stayed at a sheepfarm, one of the oldest in this area. I woke up one early morning to capture this beautiful light on the wood. The colours were gorgeous and the stucture in the old wood alert and alive. It felt kind of magical.
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.
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.
Quarantine Station, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Visited this Godforsaken place a couple of years ago. Once a very busy place where hopefull immigrants arrived and sat their first steps on Australian ground. To control and prevent the spread of these diseases Point Nepean was opened in 1852 as a maritime quarantine reserve. Ships carrying passengers with infectious diseases were required to land all cases there along with those at risk of contracting the disease. Passengers’ luggage was taken ashore to be fumigated with formaldehyde gas and passengers were required to take baths using antiseptic soap.
“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.