As I find myself on the south-east coast of Spain right now, enjoying a few quiet off days on the beaches of Playa de Oliva, I made use of the time in the evening, grateful for the fact the sun wouldn’t burn as hot as it does during the day, when it literally fries my skin that’s so unused to any sort of prolonged form of these warm rays, given the summer months have been washed away by persistent rain back home in Ireland.
So I took the short hike up to the ruins of Castell de Santa Anna, which is overlooking the small town of Oliva in the Valencian Community and the adjacent Mediterranean Sea.
Rewarded with a 360 degree view from up there, it certainly was well worth the effort; tranquility in its purest form watching on as the horizon changes colours to dark yellows, luminous orange- and red tones – but nobody is here, except myself, of course!
Having been to similar scenic viewing points in other places, like San Francisco or Lisbon that come to mind immediately, this one isn’t less spectacular, yet the area of Oliva, despite posing kilometers of the finest sand beaches isn’t particularly popular with tourists.
How wonderful, I think! There are still a few places not overun with tourists. Granted, I am one as well, of course….
If one wants to be a cynic, one could say every man and his dog has a Facebook page for photography these days. And it’s easy to see why: thanks to modern technology everyone can take half-decent snaps and all it takes is a mobile phone. A Facebook page called “XYZ Photography” is created in seconds… and there you go…. those grainy, blurred snaps from flowers seen in the business park during lunch time are uploaded in a heartbeat!
Now, I’m not a cynic. I rather think one has to embrace modern technology. Who says you’re only a photographer if you own a kit worth tens of thousands of €uros? Only those who don’t want to accept that a good photo can be anything and can be taken by anyone – it’s about the photographer and skills, but not inescapably about equipment.
In the end we all want to enjoy beautiful images, whether we take them ourselves, or others have taken them. Well, that’s the way I see it at least. I love taking photos, but I also love seeing the work of others. And sometimes even a grainy, blurred snap from the flowers from in the business park can make me smile.
But now to the actual point I wanted to make: since ever dog and his man has a photography Facebook page I’m also now a proud owner of such thing! It felt the right thing to do in support of my personal photo website. Sometimes photos are easier and quicker to share with a large audience on Social Media.