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© 2017 John Kiely        john@purlieu.photography             Phone +447736849388

February 10, 2019

My work, especially over the last decade, has been strongly concept led. This has not only influenced my personal output, but also my teaching.

February 4, 2019

One of the advantages of riding a motorcycle is how easy it is to explore new places. One of the advantages of riding a small motorcycle is that you concentrate on the places that you pass through, and not on your riding technique.

January 13, 2019

Olhao is the closest big town to Fuseta. On the advice from Roger, a resident of Fuseta for ten years, I checked the map and saw a nature reserve in what looked like walking distance from the town.  After finding a parking space for my little 125 bike, which is easy in Spain and Portugal as most towns have plenty of dedicated spaces, I set off to explore the town.  Its quite a pr...

December 20, 2018

While out shooting in Frigiliana discussions took place about our direction of travel. It was decided the best plan would be to head towards Portugal. Before crossing the border it was was suggested that we should stop over at Isla Christina, close to the border, to do some shopping.  Certain items are a lot cheaper in Spain than in Portugal so this was our chance to stock up on...

December 3, 2018

The town of Frigliana has a fascinating history to it.  The hill it is built on apparently saw the final battle with the Moors, with the remains of a fort above the town.  The towns museum is full of artefacts and remains dating back over four thousand years that were found in the many caves around the town.  My plan for the day was to follow a walk that I had downloaded onto my...

November 10, 2018

I suppose my love of black and white imagery stems from the darkroom.  I was never really interested in colour printing, then once I became a portrait and wedding photographer I was forced into it.  I used to print much of my own work, this was a dark period of my life, not only printing colour but photographing people!

November 1, 2018

Tordesillas was our second Spanish stop over.  This lovely medieval town is on the banks of the Duoro river and has a history of its own version of bull fighting. The fight against a five year old bull was banned after extensive complaints from animal rights protestors, which the town still isn’t happy about.  A statue of a magnificent bull greets you as you cross the bridge from...

October 24, 2018

The second stop was in Chez Gendon, a lovely campsite in the middle of the vineyards in Blaye, south west France.  We only stayed one night but that gave plenty of scope for work.  The front of the campsite faces the vineyards, whilst the rear borders chestnut woodland.  The quite dense chestnut canopy gave the opportunity to play with the pools of light created on the woodland f...

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