More than a one trick pony

El Molino de Carmen, Gaucin

El Molino de Carmen, Gaucin

Over the past week I’ve been commissioned to photograph a number of prestigious properties in and around Gaucin. Nice work indeed and a welcomed change from what I consider my norm, waking up at some unearthly hour only to find that by 8.00 a.m. the sun can be so intense that any chance of creating an evocative landscape image has to wait for another day. In fact I have photographed many interesting and diverse subjects from the Corrida at Estepona and meeting Juan Jose Padilla, the one-eyed matador; the European Polo Championships last summer with Mark Hands of EyePrint at the Santa Maria Polo Club, Sotogrande, the Ferrari Club of Andalucía at Mijas Races; the Starlite Festival 2012, Bryan Ferry in concert at the Hotel Puente Romano; an enchanted evening spent watching the flamenco guitar playing of Celia Morales of Ronda; photographing the stars of The Only Way Is Essex about and about and the list goes on.

Juan Jose Padilla

Juan Jose Padilla, Estepona Arena

As I’m sure Johnny will no doubt testify professional photographers of any standing these days are more than just a one trick pony. When I settled in Andalucía 2 years ago I came with the sole intention of being wildlife, nature, landscape photographer, though whether you frequent the coast or the mountains, as photographers our visual senses are always being stimulated. A quick look at Johnny’s website and you immediately see he has an exceptional eye for artistic detail, it’s not all about glitz and celebrities, well nearly all, and his love of horses is immediate as is his reportage images and fine art work. We as photographers are becoming the celebrities, who does not know who Johnny Gates is? Precisely, I had not stepped foot on terra-firma when Fee mentioned there was this superb celebrity photographer on the coast. Even little me has a TV gig with Mijas TV, been interviewed by excellent interviewer, Hannah Murray and sat in the studio with Maurice Boland and wondered what the …. was going on. We have all had to diversify, become better communicators and with the digital age fast approaching it’s 1st decade, better photographers. As smart phones are so capable of delivering excellent images, us pro photographers have simply had to up our game.

Celia Morales

Celia Morales – Flamenco guitarist, Ronda

Kite Surfer

It sure can be windy along the Costa de la Luz coastline the world’s best location of Kite Surfers, so I’m am informed by those who participate. It also happens to have given me the opportunity to photograph real action shots and this award winning image.

Text & Images: Geoff Simpson (Fee will be back next week writing our blog post as she’s away on business, so its back to nature)

Geoff appears weekly on Mijas International TV (España) in Visionwild: the unfolding story of Wild Andalucía

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