Costa Rica

“The Internal State of Men”, “Rapture”, “In a Different Light”, et al

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Last thursday was the very successful private view of our End of Year Show “Hidden Rivers“.  Numerous visitors were on hand to admire the varied and interesting array of works presented by the Class of 2014, BTEC National Diploma in Photography, of the Kensington and Chelsea College. The 2014 End of Year Show Photography Prize was won by the talented and creative Gesine Garz, whom I had the honour of modelling for many times during the past year.

For those of you who have not yet visited our exhibition, I present my contribution.

This is a series entitled “The Internal State of Men”, created in 2014, a group of portraits inviting you to identify the internal state of the model.

The title of this picture, inspired by the oeuvre of Sarah Moon, should speak for itself.

I also included some images familiar to the visitors of this blog, “The Dowager” and “The View, Horizontally“. The photo of “Los Espantos de Baldí” was included in the post about the colours of Costa Rica.

The final image I submitted to the Exhibition was one taken during my fashion shoot. It was created using my very own technique of rescuing photos which would otherwise be discarded. I call the photo “In a Different Light”.

If you like what you see and you are within the “neighbourhood”, stop by and visit our show.

Meet the locals at “Proyecto Asis”, wild life rescue sanctuary in Arenal, Costa Rica

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In December 2013, I had  the privilege to visit the Central American country of Costa Rica, a country with an incredible natural beauty  and dedicated to the pursuit of a pure and clean life. The country is known for the diversity of its flora and fauna. I saw many sights and colours and took a great many pictures which I will be sharing on this blog very soon.

During a visit to the hot springs of the Arenal volcano I had immense pleasure of visiting “Proyecto Asis” . According to their website, the sanctuary exists because “human development and the accompanying destruction of natural habitat, not to mention illegal hunting, have led to a precipitous decline in wildlife populations, causing many species to be in danger of extinction. We believe by doing our part in helping injured wild animals and educating the public on the struggle of these animals, we will be helping to restore the balance between man and nature”.

At “Proyecto Asis” I made the acquaintance of its current residents and was quite impressed. At first I was shocked to see some of them living in cages, albeit large and comfortable ones. The lovely guide explained to us that the animals living in cages are ones which are used to living in packs. As they were abandoned or forcibly taken away from their packs, they need to become part of a new pack before they can be set free again together. It is all for their own good and their living conditions are a vast improvement over their previous circumstances.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you some of the current locals at “Proyecto Asis”!