mike-randolph-portrait-lrThis is a website about Spain. And by that I mean basically everything. If the word ‘Spain’ or ‘Spanish’ appears somewhere in the text, I figure that counts. There will be a lot of posts on food because I naturally gravitate that way, but I also plan to write about whatever takes my fancy. As I’m slowly coming to realize, that’s one of the nice things about having your own blog.

I was born in Spain, in Jerez de la Frontera, near the Atlantic Coast in the province of Cadiz, but I grew up in Toronto, Canada. Like many homes in Canada, ours was a small enclave of some other place. My mother, who is from Zaragoza, used to make croquetas with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, which in terms of my Spanish-Canadian upbringing pretty much says it all. It was always a mix of both. When I was a kid, Yaya, my grandmother, lived on and off with us and she didn’t speak English, though I taught her a few words. ‘Cookie’, for example. I also learned a lot of Spanish from Yaya, although I didn’t realize at the time that some of it was quite dated. So my Spanish friends get a kick out of it when I say something the equivalent of, ‘Gin and Tonics? That would be peachy!’ In my teens and twenties, I spent a lot of my summers in Spain. And in my thirties I realized it wasn’t enough, so I moved to Zaragoza with my girlfriend. That was in 2007. Now we live in Madrid.

I’ve worked as a writer and photographer my entire career, which depending on when you start counting, spans roughly twenty years. If you are reading this because you are an editor or an art director wanting to hire me–and I hope you are, because I’m always excited to work with new people–then allow me to speak in my business voice. My essays and feature articles have been nominated for over 20 Canadian National Magazine Awards, with 7 silvers and one gold award. My writing has also been featured in numerous anthologies of literary nonfiction, including Out There, edited by James Little. I am a former feature writer for the National Post and for ten years was the editor-at-large of Explore magazine. Some of my photo credits include National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, Outside, Road & Track, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, Fortune, Vogue; and on the advertising side, GM, American Express, Microsoft, IBM, Sony, Samsung, Sanyo, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, PayPal and many others. I also shoot, produce and edit video. My video credits include the Associated Press, Discovery Channel, Canal +, NHK Japan, NBC, Al Jazeera and on the internet, The Huffington Post, Gawker, Boing Boing, and Devour, to name a few. Casteller, my video about human castles in Tarragona, Spain, premiered on the main stage at the 2011 TED conference and has been watched by millions of people both on network television and online.

Phew, okay, that’s over. There are other things I could have mentioned, but I’m surprised you got this far, anyway. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy this website.

Un saludo muy cordial desde España,

Mike Randolph

To read some of my feature articles, click here.

For more of my photography, visit www.randolphimages.com

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