Last Chance!

A Spanish mastiff, guarding a flock of sheep in the woodlands of northern Burgos, seems a bit worried about my sudden presence at the side of the road, taking pictures. Mastiffs in Spain may not be used to photographers, but are very friendly dogs, which is a good thing since they roam freely and many hiking trails crisscross their territories. They are not so friendly to wolves, however. Photo ©Mike Randolph

As of this moment, there are only 38 hours left in my Kickstarter project, a photo book on Spain, and the funding has reached 121 percent of my goal. Success! Thank you to all who have participated, and for those of you who haven’t yet, there’s still time! As a way of saying thank you to all the backers of the photo book, in addition to your name going in the credits as a photo editor, for a limited time I’ll be offering prints at super low prices. This is a one-time thing and these images–240 of them–will never be offered at this price again. Exclusive to backers of my photo book. Only a few hours left, so don’t miss out. They also make great gifts for the Spain lover in your life.

Thank you all once again. We did it together!

Un saludo muy cariñoso desde España,

Mike

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Spain by All of Us

Stallions fighting at the Rapa Das Bestas in Galica, Spain. For more information on my upcoming photo book on Spain (eight years in the making), check out either of the links below. Photo Mike Randolph

I’m excited to announce that after eight years of working towards a photo book of Spain, the day has finally arrived! Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding website, launched in Spain today, and I wanted to be up there on the very first day. And I made it, so I’m very happy. But of course, it still has to be funded!

If you have a few moments, please take a look at the Kickstarter website to read about the project.

But first I want to say thank you for reading this blog and leaving comments. Getting your feedback and knowing that you enjoy seeing my images has been a huge source of inspiration for me. Also, seeing which images get more feedback than others has been very interesting. And it also gave me an idea. I’m not sure this has been done before, but I am going to let all my Kickstarter supporters choose which images go in the book. So instead of Spain by Mike Randolph, it’s more like a book by all of us, because everyone together will edit the book. I think it’s a pretty cool idea, I hope you do, too. It’s a small way I can thank you, and I hope you’ll participate. Check out the project for more details.

I also included many of your comments on this blog in the Kickstarter campaign. Sorry I couldn’t include you all! But a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has followed me over the last three years.

Wish me luck! And muchísimas gracias!

Mike

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Springtime in Southern Spain

Click on images for a larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

Last week a reader wrote to tell me that my photo of the horseback rider on the cold, wet mountain trail in Asturias was beautiful, she loved it (thank you again P), but that she wanted to see images of spring because it’s been a hard winter in Toronto, Canada, where she lives.

Since I know what that’s like, I get it. This is urgent. Continue Reading →

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Remembering La Alberca

2014. Two women negotiate the cobbled streets of La Alberca, Spain. Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

When my parents came to visit in Madrid last year, they brought with them some of my old photos, a box of a few hundred slides I’d set aside years ago. It was a random sampling of the uncounted thousands of Kodachromes and Fujichromes I have sitting in the not-so-archival environment of my parent’s damp basement in Toronto.

There are a lot of things I prefer about digital photography over film, but film has digital beat when it comes to looking at old photographs. You get to hold the actual original thing, for starters, and you can see it without having to plug anything in. Slides can’t be perfectly copied in a keystroke, they’re one of a kind. And for that same reason, you see them only once in a while. They get put into deep storage and get forgotten about until they surface sometime later, like artefacts from the past.

There was one slide in particular that caught me eye. Continue Reading →

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You Lookin’ at Me?

If you’re the kind of stork that wants to see rather than be seen, this wildlife observation tower in the province of Caceres, southwest of Madrid, is a great place to build a nest. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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The Wild West of the North

On a cold sleety day, a horseback rider makes his way along a trail in one of the wildest corners of Spain, the region of Continue Reading →

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Walking the Line

benasqueHigh above the village of Benasque, in the province of Huesca, a hiker walks along the frontier between Spain and France. A little to the right lies the Continue Reading →

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Rush Hour

cabrasA shepherd leads his flock of goats along a dusty road near the village of Bermejo, in Andalusia, Spain. Just on the other side of the hill, Continue Reading →

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Lonely Landscapes of the Duero

Ribera del Duero countryside, Spain.

The famous Ribera del Duero wine-making region, on the high plains of Castilla y León, has an alluring, if austere, beauty. The Duero River winds through some of the most empty, and historic, landscapes in Spain. For three centuries, the Duero was a kind of no-man’s land, a dangerous frontier between Christian and Muslim Spain. Click the Continue link to see all seven images, and as always, click any image to see a larger view. Photos ©Mike Randolph  Continue Reading →

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Gateway to the Lost Mountain

TorlaThe medieval village of Torla, in Huesca, Aragon, guards the entrance to Spain’s oldest National Park,  Ordesa y Monte Perdido. The immense glacial valley of Ordesa, seen above, is so narrow and deep that Continue Reading →

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A Bridge to the Past

toledoFor centuries the only way in or out of the Imperial City of Toledo was the Alcántara bridge over the Tagus River. Originally built by Continue Reading →

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The Elements of Seville

smoky-sevilleThe smoke from street vendors roasting chestnuts hangs in the air on a rainy winter day in Seville. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Relaxing in the Retiro

retiroA couple sits on a bench admiring the fall colors in Madrid’s Retiro park, in the heart of the city. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Puerta del Wool

trashumancia madrid shepherdNovember 2, 2014: A shepherd helps drive a flock of two-thousand sheep through the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid. Every year since 1994, Continue Reading →

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Yin Yang, Spanish Style

salamancaThe late-evening sun casts a shadow of the Convento de San Esteban onto itself in the elegant Spanish city of Salamanca. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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