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Porto Street Photography Workshop - Behind The Scenes
08th June 2018 - 0 comments

So, I just got back from my week in Porto. I have to say it was one of the best travel experiences of my life so far.
A huge thank you to Hugo & Mauricio at Fuji Passion for organising this workshop experience. It was a great pleasure to finally meet you both after months of planning!

© Linda Wisdom

© Gerry Penrose

© Gerry Penrose

The 3-day Porto street photography workshop itself went very well. I was a little anxious about doing before I arrived there, seeing as this was my first multi-day, international Street Photography workshop. However, my pre-worry nerves were soon short-lived once I met all the seven participants, who were all lovely people and fun to hang out with.

© Gerry Penrose

© Nick S

© Linda Wisdom

It wasn't just the workshop that made this trip special - it was the whole tour itinerary that the guys organised. We all stayed at the same hotel in Trindade, within walking distance of the city centre. The Fuji Passion guys made the total 4-day excursion a 'Porto tour experience', where each day we had a new exciting schedule to look forward to. This incorporated visiting interesting Porto cultural places, including a private tour of the Sandeman Wine Cellars, Casa De Musica, historical architecture like the São Bento railway station and taking in the stunning views from the Dom Luís I Bridge, as well as exploring the colourful neighbourhood buildings of Ribeiro and over the bridge to Gaia and so much more.

© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

© Mauricio Reis

On top of this, we were treated to complimentary breakfast, then lunch and dinner at some amazing restaurants. Luckily all that wining and dining was balanced out (mostly) with a great amount of walking and stair-climbing, seeing as Porto is built on very steep hills. Lots and lots of hills. The city itself is built on the steep northern bank of the River Duoro, and between the centre and the riverside, there is nothing but a tangle of hidden, cobbled alleyways and some long, steep staircases that from the bottom seemed never ending! But all that walking I was thinking would give me thighs of steel…and went some way to working off those rich Portuguese dishes.

© Gerry Penrose

© Hugo Pinho

© Linda Wisdom

© Mauricio Reis

By the end of day three, the workshop had come to an end. It was time for us to say our goodbyes and though I was somewhat relieved that the workshop was successfully completed, it was by the same token sad that everyone would be going their separate ways again. But hey we do have our ongoing Whatsapp group chat, the memories and the amazing photos. I would like to say that it was an absolute honour and pleasure to be invited to do this Porto workshop and to meet everyone. Hopefully, I will meet some of you again in the not too distant future. Obrigado and adieu Porto!

© Linda Wisdom

© Linda Wisdom

© Nick S
Porto 3 Day Street Photography Workshop
27th May 2018 - 1 comment

I am really excited to be travelling to Porto this week to teach a 3-day street photography workshop! Portugal is one of my top destinations for photography. I visited Lisbon and Porto Spring 2017 during my Accidental, Extended Trip To Portugal saga!

Anyway, this time I've 'purposely' extended my stay in Porto to a full week. My last visit was very short, just two full days, so was a bit of a whirlwind, but fell in love with the place. I also had some great local friends show me the sights so made it even more memorable.

My guides have organised full day schedules where the guests and myself will also experience some cool locations including Bento Station, Casa Da Musica, a trip on the Funicular, a visit to the Sandeman Cellars and a whole lot more.

The weather was glorious last time, I hope that the light is as good this time around! I will post photos and updates from this trip on my return! :-)

My accidental extended trip to Portugal
29th March 2017 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Due to erm, 'human error' when I was booking my flight to Lisbon, I some how managed to accidentally book 10 days instead of the intended 5 days! Well, it was in the early morning and I was still up and you know what happens when you have hundreds of webpage tabs open from all the flight & accommodation deal pop up windows opening. So in the middle of all that page chaos and probably through sleep depravation, I ended up on clicking 'confirm' on my EasyJet booking on a return date that wasn't the one I had in mind! After letting out a shriek, a few expletives which I won't repeat here, and reading EasyJet's T&C regarding cancellations, I realised that I was better off just accepting my fate of a longer (and more expensive) trip than planned, suck it up and to just make the most of it!

Anyway, the point I am trying to make, now that I am back from my venture to Portugal, is that every cloud has a silver lining! Had I not made that late night, booking mistake, I would not have added the 3-day excursion to Porto, nor had any time to do some of the extra things I did like have breakfast at Pastéis de Belém, then spend a full day in Belem visiting museums, having lunch by the Tagus River Marina, or a Sunday just riding the Lisbon metro network and exploring the cool architecture at some metro stations I had read about. With several memory cards full of photos, I returned to London with a sense of fulfilment & achievement from the trip. Life lessons - Life's too short to book short trips – if you can, extend them and see more of the world (even if by accident!)🙂

Lisbon Portugal Travel Street Photography
21st March 2017 - 0 comments

One of my favourite pics, taken on a recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal.
This photo is available as a print from my shop.
Travel to Lisbon and Porto
15th March 2017 - 0 comments
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It’s been a while since my last blog post. It has been a busy few weeks and particular I have just returned from a 10-day vacation to Portugal, which included visit to one of my favourite cities in the world, Lisbon and a short excursion to Porto then back to Lisbon for a few days. We had great weather for February/March, and I was lucky to have some wonderful local friends give me a tour of their favourite parts of their city that I would never have found on my own. Thank you guys!

Though, one of my favourite things I love to do when I travel especially to historical places like Portugal, is just walking around on my own with no real sense of direction or time, getting lost through the many hidden paths and streets off the usual beaten tourist track! The best feeling in the world is turning a corner and stumbling upon a photo moment!

So, right now I am doing the habitual (paranoid!) backing up my images from four memory cards, and then will have a look through the photos and over the next few days/weeks I'll post some of my favourites here.

Here's one to start things off. Taken from my top floor pad in Porto - Bowie and I watching a beautiful sunset :)
Paris street photography - Palais Royal
24th September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Palais Royal, Paris

Out on a wet and windy evening in Paris with a couple other photographers, I embraced the rain! Paris is a very beautiful city to photograph, come rain or shine and discovering new locations, learning new historical info from my Parisian companions was actually was quite enjoyable... apart from my non water-proof sneakers which got soaked! After walking approx. 3.5km into the Paris night from Palais Royal and ending in Faubourg Saint Denis, a nice meal and a glass or two of vin blanc at a cool bistro was well and truly welcome!
Pigalle Paris - night photography
23rd September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Pigalle, Paris
Raining in Paris - view from my window
22nd September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Montmartre, Paris

When I checked the weather forecast for my stay in Paris last week, and just saw predicted cloud and rain, I was half feeling a bit 'meh' about it, especially knowing I was leaving behind 30C sunshine in London! At the same time I was also quite excited about photography potential of getting my rainy/umbrella shots, but it all worked out in the end.

I took this shot from my apartment window one rainy early morning after breakfast. The light was quite moody and liked the silhouetted pedestrians, holding umbrellas as they walked up this street.
J'aime Paris
07th September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

I am quite excited to be re-visiting Paris this month. Its hard not to love the city and get totally absorbed in the sights and sounds, culture, architecture and old tradition. I will hopefully be exploring some new areas and meeting some street photographer friends while I am there. I'll of course be taking my digital cameras with me just incase, though still deciding whether to take my haunted Minolta film camera or not!

Either way, I have been working far too hard and am need of a little mini break. Paris after all, is just a skip and a hop (well sorta) on the Eurostar train from London, so escaping to Europe is relatively easy!
Cornwall on film - black and white photography
14th August 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

I found some old black & white film scans from a holiday to St. Ives, Cornwall 2012. Shot on, a Minolta camera I purchased off Ebay. The seller gave me a back story and said the camera was originally owned by a deceased Cuban lady. I've taken it on my travels around the world. It did play up a few times and ruined some rolls of film or gave me double exposures, etc. I always thought to myself, I bet that Cuban lady either doesn't want me to use it or she's playing pranks on me from beyond!! Perhaps not, just an old, well travelled film camera with its quirky flaws....!

I'll post a few more scans from my trip to Cornwall in another blog post.
Lisbon Geometry - Travel Street Photography
09th August 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

A bit of Tuesday street photography geometry for ya! Taken in Lisbon.
Taken in Lisbon, Portugal
Paris Street Photography
14th September 2013 - 0 comments
Back from my week in Paris, which was a guest invitation trip to John Free's Paris Workshops. Fantastic city, great weather (apart from last day of rain!), though typically wonderful for street photography, I could get used to Parisian life... but home in London calls me for now!

Check out the Paris gallery for forthcoming images.

Au revoir!
Lisbon Street Photography
26th February 2013 - 0 comments
In: Travel

I visited Lisbon at the end of February for a week, and I have to say that I was seriously impressed. This city has some amazing architecture, light and characters. I came back with some great street photography photos which I will upload to the gallery soon. For now, you can visit my Facebook page and check out my Lisbon album here
New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of...
09th October 2012 - 0 comments
In: Travel
Just back from an amazing week in New York City! :) Staying in midtown Manhattan, just minutes away from Times Square, I was fortunate enough to explore most of the midtown and downtown areas and some of Brooklyn with my camera. Thanks to my New York friends for being wonderful guide companions.

Check out the New York City portfolio for latest photos from my trip!

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