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Elwood :: 2012 flashback

Hear, hear. Elwood M. speaking now.

In this post you shall find the series of photo shoots that we did during 2012. I won’t even complain about the fact that I was forgotten behind and did not visit Oxford, or London, or Gaidouronisi (better not forget me this summer as well!). I will just focus on the good moments. It was a fun year, especially after summer. We did plenty of trips and had loads of fun. Here’s to more memories like these… now, let’s dive in…

The first half of the year was pretty quiet. We did go to Paris mid-March and got a couple of photos, but nothing worthwhile; there was also a visit to Austria late August from which the artistic outcome was also not up to par with our usual standards. We went back to both places in 2013 and did a much better job, so wait for a future post! 

For some time now we wanted to take a couple of pictures in Gruyeres at Switzerland and I think this time we did a decent job. So, we shall start our photographic journey at château de Gruyeres where we went in September:

…and this one is in front of the Giger museum which is nearby. Giger is the designer behind the visual artwork of the Alien movies among other things. Strange guy; brilliant but a bit weird as well (if you take a look at his work you’ll understand what I mean) and as wikipedia informs us, he “suffers from night terrors and his paintings are all to some extent inspired by his experiences with that particular sleep disorder”. I feel the quote saying something about a fine line between genius and insanity suits here quite nicely.

The very next day we went to Chamonix, underneath the highest mountain peak in the Alps: Mont Blanc.

Next trip was to the Swiss-Italian borders in October, near Col du Grand Saint Bernard where we were lucky to get great weather, which means it was mostly sunny and we did NOT freeze completely while we were outdoors taking photos: it was quite windy and with the temperature near the low single digits.

a small step for Elwood… well literally, it’s a HUGE step…

For a couple of shots I had to take over, because our beloved photographer was out of shape and could not frame the mountain peak accross properly. Shame.

Late October we paid a visit to our friend Angeliki in Strasbourg and took the opportunity to travel to Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany on an open market day. That last bit rendered the procedure of taking this photo a funny ordeal for people around us for some reason I could not comprehend.

Same day, on the way back, we stopped at Kehl at the French-German border to walk on the Pont de l’Europe bridge at dusk. We were hungry, schnitzels were nearby so taking the proper time to set up the photo was out of the question!

And then in was Granada. Oh Granada. By the way, there should’ve been a dedicated post about this trip… oops… This one was taken at the porch of restaurante Jardines de Zoraya, at Albaycín. We enjoyed great food and amazing traditional flamenco. Oh, and an awesome crema Catalana!

From the same spot, a “backstage” photo with the lighting setup that was used. Lit underneath using a cell phone… ever tried having a flashlight shining from under your butt?

Dawn, with Alhabra in the background…

Inside Alhambra, it was plain beautiful.

Again inside Alhambra, but the umbrella was leaking water so what seemed like a good idea for a photograph was never realized.

So, looks like our timing is getting better and better! Only about half a year later you get the 2012 edition of our travel log! We have gathered plenty of material from 2013… just wait and you’ll see!