Andalusia is located in the south of Spain, east of the Atlantic Ocean and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. Being at the very southern tip of Europe and only an hour away from Africa, Andalusia has a very interesting mix of European, African and Arabian influences. You see traditional Spanish architecture next to Oriental flavors the closer you get to Tarifa, which is the port city that connects Europe with Tangier in Morocco.
I’ve visited many European countries before, but this was my first trip to Spain. I think it was one of the most interesting photographically. Within a relatively short distance you can experience the coast and watch fishermen bring in their catch of the day, while vast mountain ranges and beautiful, tucked away white villages are just twenty minutes down the road.
For me, this was also one of the most challenging places to photograph. I love to tell stories with my pictures and I try to be as authentic as possible with my imagery. I don’t think I’ve ever visited a place in Europe before where I saw so much poverty next to decadence and so much beauty next to despair.
My wife Rebecca and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary on this trip, which made this an unforgettable experience. You can find her beautiful images here. We shot in Andalusia together for Hearth Magazine, who will feature a selection of these images in one of their upcoming volumes.
A selection of prints from this series is available for purchase at Aspen Gallery. All color images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400, all B&W images were shot with the Leica M2 and the Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM on Kodak Tri-X 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: