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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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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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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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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Green Spain

playa-de-toribia-asturias-spainThe Playa de Torimbia, in Asturias, northern Spain. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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