L + D | Elopement in Andalusia
The thought of wanting to meet/see great artists whose talent I deeply admire has never occurred to me. Instead I'd love to go to where they've been, follow their trace where they've gathered inspiration and knowledge for their work.
"Great artists have no country", Alfred de Musset said once. They were all Earthlings. They moved. And finally they found a fountainhead where inspiration kept oozing out of life and soul.
Majorca and Frédéric Chopin.
Hydra Island and Leonard Cohen.
Naxos and Nikos Kazantzakis.
Africa and D.H. Lawrence.
They keep me moving and finding couples who have the same mindset.
We were in Spain in early April this year. Five years ago, never in a wildest dreams have I pictured myself being a wedding photographer shooting in Spain or Italy but now here we are.
Seven days we were spoilt by the dream-like Andalusia. Malaga, Ronda, Granada, Montefrior, Sierra Nevada and much more... This felt more like an epic road trip than a wedding shoot.
The Guadalevín River runs through Ronda, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100 plus meters deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches. Surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting above a deep ravine, it is a place that literally comes from a fairy tale.
From what I know, Ernest Hemingway visited Ronda quite often and even spent his last birthday here. The Spanish civil war in "For Whom The Bell Toll" was inspired and took place right on the Puente Nuevo bridge that crossed this gorgeous gorge.
Few foreign authors ever have been so closely identified with Spain as is Ernest Hemingway. He wholeheartedly celebrated all Spanish culture and lifestyle, way beyond a tourist-host social relationship or a keen observer. That's the way I'd like to see of myself. This life is too short for anything but celebrating life and love.
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