Interview with journalist Claudine Moitié

Interview with Claudine Moitié, aka clok_moitie on Flickr, photographer from France.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

First of all, let me thank you, and I would want to thank the inhabitants of Madeira for their welcomed.
I’m a French journalist, words side, but working for 25 years with photojournalists.

Shared curiosity
Shared curiosity

Two years ago I discovered the app Instagram, which was ‘born’ only a few months ago. I looked for visual information about the world. The interest was on a professional level. Then I discovered the warmer social network I ever knew, and a bunch of amazing creative photographers. I got hooked and discovered the pleasure(s) of photography, at first with my mobile then with a SLR too, thanks to another social network, Tumblr.

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Interview with photographer ‘Jaf-Photo’

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

Thank you for asking me. I am a civil servant who took up digital photography about two years ago. A long time ago, I used to shoot black and white film. I still like that aesthetic, but digital is so much faster and more fun.

Golden Light
Golden Light

We say that Madeira Island is an excellent destination for photographers. Do you agree? If so, why?

It’s perfect. The island has very varied scenery and beautiful light conditions that change often. The towns and villages are very photogenic, as are the locals.

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Madeira Flower Festival – Festa da Flor 2012

With the arrival of spring, the city of Funchal turns into a inebriating floral stage filled with enchantment.

The magic of this event starts on Saturday morning, with the Children’s Parade, on which, hundreds of children dressed for the occasion event to the Municipio Square where a beautiful flower mural is built, that is symbolically named “The Wall of Hope” (Muro da Esperança).

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Madeira Nature … a Festival of Colors and Biodiversity

Madeira … a Portuguese archipelago, that is the outermost region of the European Union, has a very high green biodiversity, and in combination with the ocean, mountains and sky it creates a real festival of colors.

Rainbow at BalcoesRainbow at Balcões (Photo by Alan)

Madeira is known as the “Flower Island“, but instead it would be more fitting to call it “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean” with its 13,010,405,091,801 type of green colors it holds. If you do not believe it, then come over to Madeira and count the colors green yourself.

Cascadas en la levada do Caldeirao VerdeCascades of the Levada do Caldeirao Verde (Photo by Rafael Fresno)

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Madeira Flower Festival 2011

The theme “The flower that I chose” sets the tone for the Flower Festival of Madeira, which this year is celebrated in the peak of spring. Historically, the flowers are a fundamental feature of the landscape of Madeira.

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Columbus Festival – Festival Colombo 2011

The Columbus Festival was first held in 2000 with the aim of launching a quality cultural tourism offer on the island of Porto Santo. This year it will be held from 15th till 17th of September 2011.

The event is based around the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, who had close links with Madeira both as a sugar trader during the island’s sugar boom years and as the result of his marriage to Filipa de Moniz, the daughter of Isabel Moniz and Bartolomeu Perestrelo, the first Captain-Donatory of Porto Santo, and is held in tribute to the man who became a famous 15th century explorer.

In recent years, the festival has taken on the format of a historical recreation of everyday life in the 15th century, in particular in the period marked by Columbus’s time on the island, which enchants tourists and residents alike.

The programme includes a 15th century fair and supper, the landing of Christopher Columbus, a military detachment, a children’s area with Renaissance games, circus displays, plays, displays by groups of buccaneers and non-stop fun and entertainment including lots of music and European and oriental dances.

The local population and tourists are encouraged to take the part of characters in the festival and period costumes are provided that give an authentic feel to the event.

There are other side attractions taking place simultaneously, including regional gastronomy, crafts and other activities adding to the general bustle amid the historical figures.

Source: Madeira Turismo

This festival needs a better disclosure. Write the dates down in your agenda and visit Porto Santo on those days. It is worth it!

Cais do Carvão

Located in between the lido swimming pool and clubhouse Naval do Funchal (that was before Quinta Calaça), is the former Pier Wilson, now known as Cais do Carvão (Coal Wharf). The pier was built in 1903. From here many vapour-vessels passing were supplied with coal on their way through Funchal to America and Africa.

The importance of coal in the development of steam powered machines and the affirmation of Funchal as required warehouse to supply the vessels and operation of sugar mills, forced the assembly of infrastructure support. And so existed the deposits of coal, of which was known as the coal wharf, which was owned by the company Wilson & Co Ltd, where in 2004 the aquarium was build including the the Marine Biology Service Station.

Nowadays it is a forgotten monument, now and then visited by curious travelers and local fishermen. Still these elderly walls have withstand the most fierce storms during the last decades. While the newer walls of few marinas on Madeira have lost their battle against the mighty ocean … the walls of Cais do Carvão are still standing tall.

Madeira Wine Festival

Beginning of September the grape harvest and wine making process starts on the island of Madeira, Estreito de Camara de Lobos. This is known as the Festa do Vinho da Madeira (Madeira Wine Festival) … Madeira’s oldest festival. The picking of the grapes, the Parade of the Pickers, treading the grapes and the whole ritual is a distinctly Madeiran tradition.

Check out the beautiful images captured during this years Madeira Wine Festival in Estreito de Camara de Lobos …