Marching to the Music in Malta

Marching to the Music in Malta I’ve downloaded (uploaded ????…whichever… maybe both…..) a couple of last year’s iPhone pictures for Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Music. This band was marching in honour of St Augustine whose feast day it was. It was memorable experience walking with the band through the narrow streets of the medieval city of Valletta, the island’s capital, down to the church of St Augustine.       I posted some more monochrome photos of this event in an earlier post The Brass Band Plays for St Augustine, which uses images taken on a “real” camera (Fuji x100s). Whilst iPhones are pretty good for taking photographs, especially on holiday or when speed is of the essence, I don’t think I’ll abandon my Fuji cameras just yet.    

Steps and Stairs

Here are some pictures of Steps and Stairs for this week’s CFFC . I hope you like my selection. (I don’t think I have any pictures ladders, so I’ve shortened the title and omitted that part). This first one was taken using my iPhone last week on a visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester:   This one was taken on a visit last year to The Lighthouse, an arts venue in my home city of Glasgow:   The rest of this week’s pictures were taken in Malta:        

The Blues

Tonight it’s “10 Must Have Chicago Blues Classics ” playing through  my headphones  so what better title for this week’s Doors  than The Blues. Once again I’ve selected doors from the Mediterranean island of Malta.        

The Luzzus of Marsaxlokk

All the Luzzus in Marsaxlokk have numbers on them, and I love them, so they have to be my choice  for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Numbers  The Luzzus of Marsaxlokk???? What are they and where is it? A luzzu (pronounced like lutsu in Maltese) is a traditional fishing boat from the Maltese islands. They are usually painted in bright colours, while the bow has a pair of eyes. Luzzus have existed since ancient times. – Wikipedia Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in the South-East of the mediterranean island of Malta, dating back to the 9th century BC when the first Phoenicians landed on the island. We enjoyed a morning in Marsaxlokk last month, managing to catch an early enough bus from Valletta to get there before the crowds. I had always wanted to see luzzus with their painted “Eye of Osiris” which protects them from evil. They certainly didn’t disappoint. I hope you like them as much as I do.               And just for good measure, a few more boats , with a few more numbers:   This last boat had me puzzled. I couldn’t  figure out what the numbers are for […]

The Brass Band Plays for St Augustine

On our recent trip to Valletta on the Mediterranean island of Malta we were lucky enough to watch/participate in some of the celebrations for the upcoming feast of St Augustine. For Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week I’d like to share a few pictures of a local brass band in Valletta leading a procession down to the church of St Augustine (or Santu Wistin as he is called in Maltese). Once at the church we were invited inside by the locals to watch a ceremony where a VERY large statue of St Augustine was carried outside to be blessed and then carried back in again. (But that’s for another blog post which won’t be in monochrome! It was colourful in the extreme). But for now, the brass band…..           (With thanks as always to Cee for her hard work and enthusiasm in putting out these challenges every week.)

Dereliction and Dilapidation

I’ve always been drawn to photographing old doors, fences, gates, windows and all that sort of thing, so when I see a whole house in a state of utter dereliction and dilapidation I am over the moon. Or if not literally “over the moon” then definitely over the road, in the middle of the road dodging traffic, sprawled on the pavement or getting into various other risky and ungainly positions  to try to capture it from all angles. This property in the main square of the old town of Sliema (Malta) was in total contrast to the modern concrete, glass and steel structures of the hotels and restaurants on the seafront of the resort. It is also the only property in the square which hasn’t been converted into, or rebuilt as, shops. When I look at these pictures, a hundred and one questions come into my mind: How old is this house?  What is it like inside?  Why has it been abandoned?  Who last lived here?  Who first lived here?  What is it not for sale?  Will anyone rescue it?  Does anyone care?  Does it have an internal courtyard and, if so, what is that like?  Will someone come and board […]

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