Amazing Azores: a visual journey into the islands of endless beauty

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epubli, Dec 19, 2012 - Travel
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First of all, the Azores are a stun­ning adven­ture to take on one ́s per­sonal travel list. It ́s the per­fect mix­ture of old towns, pro­tected nat­ural reser­va­tions, tourist friendly infra­struc­ture, camp­ing sites and of course hos­pi­tal­ity. Wow, the peo­ple on the Azores are wel­com­ing visitors with an open heart and often a home­made glass of wine. Horta. Here in the small cafe in front of Porto Pim, peo­ple just pass by for a quick cup of cof­fee, before going to work. 30 years ago it was used as the har­bor for whale fish­ing. Now it has gone quiet, except for the emi­grants who come back in sum­mer exchanging sto­ries about their life back in the US. Only a few tourists and some sailors find their way here, espe­cially in one of these rainy days like today. On the other side of the har­bor there is the old fortress, which was back then pro­tect­ing the bay from pirates. Today there are no more pirates and no more whale fisher but a lot of eyecatching sites to visit around here. especially the harbor was always worth a look amd a chat. A cou­ple stands besides the har­borwall and looks onto the hori­zon, it seems more rain will arrive in the com­ing days. It is the sec­ond day of Euro­pean sum­mer, but it feels like win­ter espe­cially for the many sailors who arrive here from the Caribbean, before the hur­ri­cane sea­son starts over there. But the charme of this small bay remains and the church on “Monte guia” behind the whal­ing fac­tory is cov­ered in clouds. It is another per­fect day for some writ­ing and pos­si­bly the best day for reflect­ing the last month, that I have spent trav­el­ing these islands. In the begin­ning it was just a quick call from a friend, who sent me the pro­mo­tion offer by SATA air­lines to go to the Azores for an incred­i­ble air­fare. I was hun­gry for some time­out, so it did not take any longer than an hour to book the flights. When I was already travelling I was so amazed by the beauty of these islands, that one morning I woke up and knew I had to do a book project. This is it! Its a comprehensive review of the 5 major islands and somehow I learned that every island has its very own energy, face and kindness of people. Every island offered a different experience for me and troughout all of them, it was an amazing journey with shipwrecked sailboats, lonely donkeys and drunken villages. Dive into the adventure with a small photographic guide for your very own adventure on the Azores. Alexander Klebe

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About the author (2012)

Alexander Klebe (geboren 1981) ist freier Fotograf, Kreativdirektor und Mitbegründer des "brightside studio" in Berlin. Seine vielfältigen Projekte zeugen von Kreativität, Innovation und seiner Leidenschaft für soziale Themen und Nachhaltigkeit. Klebe fotografierte rund um den Globus: Seine Expeditionen führten ihn nach Äthiopien, Kolumbien, Indien, Mexiko, Nepal, Südkorea, Südafrika und Thailand. Bei einem sechsmonatigen Studienaufenthalt in Mexiko bildete er sich in der analogen Schwarzweiß- und Dokumentarfotografie weiter, widmete sich intensiv der mexikanischen Kultur und dem Thema der ländlichen Entwicklung. Klebes Arbeiten sind geprägt von einem großen Einfühlungsvermögen in den Moment, seiner Neugier und Entdeckernatur, die er auch diesmal auf den Azoren wieder ausgelebt hat.

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