A busy new year, with trips, exhibitsÂ but the best of it might have beenÂ this, something that I’ve holding to myself for a couple of weeks: having one of my photos reaching the final and being commended in the Open Competition of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. More than the accomplishment itself, winning or reaching the later stages of such competitions with photos that truly represent you as a photographer are a sign that you’re doing it right, and that’s what reallyÂ makes me happy.
The funny thing is that this obviously is a nature photo, but was shotÂ while in a photo trip where the focus was a totally unrelated subject; the solstice traditions of northern Portugal. While driving from our hotel in nearby Bragança, me and EmanueleÂ couldn’t stop noticing how stunning the early mornings and late afternoons were, with the soft winter light and the frost in the darker corners of the road. SomeÂ frozen leaves by the road caught my attention and that was it, sometimes a niceÂ photo is by your feet. I’m glad that we stopped there, more than once actually!
I’ll leaving you with the winning shot, and a few more takenÂ during those days atÂ the road that caught my attention.