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Capricho Espańol 2!


This trip to Spain was a celebration of my 30th wedding anniversary, so of course I went with my hubby. Especially for him, it was a well-deserved vacation.

We began in Barcelona, then took a train to Valencia, on the Costa Blanca, on the Mediterranean. Then we drove down the coast, through Oliva and Dénia, to Alicante. I have a special fondness for Alicante, not exactly sure why, but it’s a beautiful little town with a walkable old city and a castle nearby. Also, the beaches are within walking distance…aah.

Finally, we took a train back to Barcelona and then returned to Denver. For me, it was a wonderful adventure in iPhone photography. I’m a photographer, and take pleasure in capturing slices of life that epitomize a place or experience. Please enjoy these images of  “Whimsical Spain” (Capricho Espańol)….

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Cuba Olé!

I traveled to Cuba recently with Salli Gutierrez of www.spain-connection.com, and we had a lovely, adventure-filled time. Salli is a teacher of flamenco and Spanish, so I was grateful to have her along with me. She took some individualized Rumba lessons from a local expert, Damaris (pictured below). Please enjoy the collection of iPhone photos and feel free to contact me for prints: mophotoartist@gmail.com. Olé!


#bestcityintheworld (Barcelona…or San Sebastián?)

This series was featured on Hipstography.com!  Read about it here…

First stop on this Spain journey is Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia. It is an important cultural center, renowned especially for its architecture, particularly the works of Antoni Gaudí and Montaner, both of whose works have been designated World Heritage Sites. The people are friendly, the food is spectacular, and the beaches are bustling with activity.  And, it seems, everyone is an art lover (or at least a lover!).

MOVING right along…we took the train to Pamplona (Iruña, in Basque), a wonderful little city in its own right, first stop in the Basque Country and home of the famous Iruña Café–in what’s known as Hemingway Corner–and the ancient Citadel with walls spread throughout.  I believe it’s most widely known as the location of the “Running of the Bulls”, which takes place every July.  Oops, missed it this time around!

Then, we boarded another train to the NEXT best city in the world…San Sebastián/Donostia (in Basque) !  This is truly my favorite place.  It is close to the region which my husband’s family hails from, which is another reason that we are here.  And I’m enjoying seeing familial similarities in the people here.

Honestly, San Sebastián seems to have it all.  Beautiful weather, beaches, ocean bay, picturesque marina, little mountains, a super clean and interesting old city.  The Basque museum is fabulous: San Telmo Museum, contains everything you need to know about Basque culture. It was here I learned about the “Construcción Vacía” (Empty Construction) movement and fell in love with its form, substance and simplicity. I’ve got two examples below, one by Eduardo Chillida, the other by Jorge Oteiza (both Basque artists).

Lastly, folks here are really into fitness, they run, bike, swim, hike–we would fit right in.  Maybe we will come back and stay someday…


Medieval, Magical Córdoba!

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In the heart of Andalucía, southern Spain, lies the medieval city of Córdoba, with its rich history, culture, and architecture.  I’ve always wanted to visit there but never got around to it until now…and it was worth the wait.

The Mezquita (Great Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba) of course is the destination, visited and photographed by thousands every year.  I found the architectural styles fascinating, but what truly drew me to it was its history.

Here is my traveling partner…I caught her relaxing before we headed out to see the sights.  It seemed to capture the mood of Córdoba.

This adventure and guided photo tour can be yours too!  Sign up now, space is limited: www.Spain-Connections.com.  

Save the date!  October 4 ~ 13, 2014

(meetup in Madrid)


MONGOLIA Exhibition Opening March 8, 2013

Please join us at the  DAIRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Boulder, Colorado for this exciting group exhibition SAND &  SNOW: Inner Mongolia

Sand & Snow: Inner Mongolia
Two years ago, ten American photographers were invited to attend the Inaugural Xiang Sha Wan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China, for New Year’s Week, 2011. We hailed from L. A., Washington, Pennsylvania, Alabama, N.Y., Oregon and Colorado.

 

Meeting Our Needs

This region of the Gobi Desert, known as Xiang Sha Wan, is known for its “singing sands”, its Bactrian camels, and the rich cultural influence of the Mongolians. A few cities such as Ordos and Baotou, also afforded us a more rural experience.

To see more work by “Sand & Snow” photographers, visit the following:

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Curator: http://www.MaureenRuddyBurkhart.com
Thomas Michael Alleman:    
http://www.sunshineandnoir.com
David Grant Best: http://www.lenswork.com/specialeditions/lwf-017.htm
Brooks Jensen, publisher, LensWork Magazine: http://www.lenswork.com/index2.html
Joe Lipka: http://www.joelipkaphoto.com
Christopher Rauschenberg: http://www.christopherrauschenberg.com/Site/Home.html
Justine Reyes: http://justinereyes.com
Harold Ross: http://www.haroldrossfineart.com
Walt Stricklin: http://www.waltstricklin.com

Our first few days were spent at the remote Desert Art Palace, matting and framing the portfolios we had brought with us, for the art show and festivities.

Inner Mongolia was unforgettable in many ways. We mingled with hundreds of Chinese photographers eager to take our pictures. The landscape was both beautiful and harsh. The people were friendly and incredibly hospitable. The bitter cold windy weather was tempered by the warmth of our hosts. Delicious food, unforgettable entertainment, and total immersion in this ethnic Mongolian area of China’s outer reaches, all made for rich subject matter and fond memories.

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart 

–        2013

 


Alaska: Inside Passage Part 1: Tracy Arm

There have been far too many adventures to post at once, so I will dole them out piece by piece…

I will begin by posting a few photos taken with my Canon EOS, then later add my iPhone photos, they both serve different purposes, like the Yin and Yang of my personality …


One Year Later…Inner Mongolia

In October, 2010, I attended the Atlanta Portfolio Review (http://acpinfo.org/) and met with two Chinese curators, a Miss Yan Li and Mr. Cai Huan-song.  A week later I was formally invited to visit Inner Mongolia, China, along with about 11 other American photographers.  We were invited to attend the inaugural exhibition and photo festival of the Xiang Sha Wan Art Show.

I arrived on December 29th, 2011 and returned home on January 6, 2012.  Our experiences in Inner Mongolia were very memorable.  The Americans bonded and we met so many outstanding Chinese photographers during our time there.  Xiang Sha Wan is the “Sand Bay” of the Gobi Desert, meaning it is on the far eastern edge of the desert.  It is a destination location for Chinese families on holiday, usually in spring, summer, and fall.  Alas, we were there in the dead of winter…

In honor of my first anniversary, I am posting a series of photographs taken in China, mostly in Baotou and Erdos, and the desert.  There are definitely some common threads seen throughout the imagery, energy consumption being an obvious theme.

I will continue to post photos from China in the coming days so stay tuned…I will definitely post more upbeat images next time!

The above image was the first place winner in the “Earth Through a Lens” photography competition .  If you are interested, the call is now open for this year’s exhibition, closing date January 21!

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