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.
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.
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.
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.
Those who says that “Madeira is just for oldies” have not yet discovered the real Madeira! On the other hand it could be that they are our loyal visitors that are saying this in order to keep this beloved destination a secret
Watch the promotional video of Rui Martins (RumaVideo) and make your own conclusion:
By the way … most the oldies are relaxing in the city … while others are on adventure elsewhere on the islands.
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 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.
Cascades of the Levada do Caldeirao Verde (Photo by Rafael Fresno)
You have booked a holiday to the island of Madeira. At the arrival at the Madeira airport … you go and collect your bags/suitcases … head out with your partner where you are welcomed by your hostess or you are going to the car rental desk. Afterwards you leave the airport building where you might need to wait a while for the transfer bus or car. Then my question to you is the following …. What is the first thing you do while you wait?
To look at your watch and wondering how long it will take;
You are checking your bags if they have sustained any damage;
You discuss with your partner where you are going to eat tonight … hotel or in the city;
You are wondering what time the return flight is;
You hope that your hotel room will be ready and whether you will get sea-view;
You are wondering what the weather today is, … and what is the forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the week;
You check if your mobile is still working and send an SMS to the home front;
While you are waiting, … together with your partner, you look to the South and admire the vast ocean. You realize that you are in the middle of the Atlantic. You can see the Islands Desertas (deserted islands) and more to the East you see the peninsula Ponta de São Lourenço, that has a completely different structure from the rest of Madeira. Furthermore you look to the North and you will notice how mountainous the island is … and that it even extends beyond the clouds. You will see the steep slopes of the West Coast displaying the various colorful villages.
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!
Madeira, “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic”, with its spectacular variety of landscapes, the island that they say it sometimes is 6 different continents in one mini-continent. The friendly locals and the picturesque villages make Madeira a perfect island for those seeking a combination of adventure, sports, nature, sun and rest.
An island with many faces, that is Madeira. Still famous for its Levada, miles-long irrigation channels, ideal for walkers. But Madeira is more: there are beautiful hiking trails through vast Eucalyptus and Laurel Forest, “cobbled roads” between friendly villages and narrow roads on sunny slopes.
In the East, Madeira Island is very woody and you can visit the many nature reserves. Middle Madeira is also known as the Rocky Mountains because this part of the island is not very easy to access, but certainly worthwhile to take the challenge. The south coast of Madeira makes you think you are on the sunny coast of southern Europe. There are many fishing villages and (pebble) beaches where you can enjoy the sun. In the west you can find a more efficient environment, but once you have arrived on the plateau above, you will certainly enjoy the beautiful view over the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The north coast is more a jungle of steep cliffs, interrupted by deep green valleys.
Nature lovers will really love this island. You can explore one of the many protected reserves or gardens for colourful flowering fauna and discover why Madeira is also referred to as ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’. You could start your holiday with a trip to the Botanical gardens of Madeira located in Funchal, or the Ponta de Sao Lourenco – a peninsular located on the East of the island that boasts amazing coastal views and a variety of flowering fauna perfect for the botanist in you.
Various secondary roads winds through banana plantations and agricultural lands, taking you higher up through forests of fragrant eucalyptus trees. The roadsides are full flowering Agapanthus, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Begonias and the houses, which are scarcer towards the top, have Roses and Orchids in large quantities in their gardens and/or balconies.