Lanzarote in black and white

Just before the exhibition opened we had a week away in Lanzarote to relax and recharge. If you're not familiar with it, Lanzarote is one of the Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa. Away from the beach resorts the island is visually very interesting, with pretty little towns and a rugged volcanic landscape. It wasn't always easy to photograph though, with limited options for pulling over beside the road and the national park of Timanfaya limiting access to the marked tracks.

Teguise

Teguise

I don't often use black and white for travel photography but I think it works well for these.

Teguise

Teguise

The Sunday market in Teguise was larger than we expected and well worth the visit. We also followed a recommendation to find a dirt track to a series of coves and beaches in Papagayo.

Papagayo

Papagayo

The water was beautiful with a shore break being enjoyed by a number of skilful skimboarders.

I did try to leave my camera alone sometimes, and these were the books that I enjoyed over the week:

Difference (Bernadette Jiwa) - useful planning and marketing suggestions about how to stand out as a small business
Man's Search For Meaning (Viktor Frankl) - stunning and inspirational autobiographical account of human reactions to the extremes of the concentration camps
The Time Machine (H.G.Wells) - genius science fiction with a social perspective
The Icarus Deception (Seth Godin) - interesting perspective on art as a means to success and enjoyment in the post-industrial economy

I do like a little variety in my reading materials.

It was a good week. Not the most adventurous of trips but we needed time to relax as well as explore.