MASTER’S DIPLOMA IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
The Ultraviolet Photography School in Madrid has organised a Master’s Course in landscape Photography in cooperation with photographer and writer Fernando Puche.
The course seeks to offer a wide range of possibilities to enable each attendee to grow visually, especially with a view to enriching the way in which they look at their surroundings. The idea is to teach attendees how to see not so much one likely photo but rather a whole world of possible perceptions in each landscape. The course is divided into 9 blocks, each of which will be taught by a different specialist: Fernando Puche, Angélica Suela de la Llave, Mario Rubio, Ubaldo Moreno, Borja Delgado, Margarita González, Patxi Cobo, Eduardo Nave and myself. I will be teaching the last block, which deals with the creative process behind the pictures, from the birth of the idea to the materialisation of the image.
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Being invited to sit on the jury at Montphoto is a great gift: it is a unique opportunity to learn, debate and enjoy oneself while looking at great pictures, but above all it is a chance to meet up with old friends. Time just flew in the company of Paco, Rául, Benito, Santi, Asier, Raimon, Laura, José Mª, Armando, Jep, Juan and the rest, and I finally managed to put faces to the names of photographers that I was really looking forward to meeting in person such as Helios, Urtzi, Juan, Pere and Albert. I also had the good fortune to meet Fernando, Klaus and Fransec, really exciting people from whom I hope I learned something. The deliberations were long and tough, but in the end Helios, Klaus and I reached an agreement on all the categories for which we were responsible. To see the winning photos and the runners up click on this link: pictures. My congratulations and warmest regards go out to the organisers.
VISIT TO FOTO-MONTSENY
I couldn’t make it to the opening of Foto-Montseny but at least I got the chance to enjoy the exhibitions. In the first weekend in December I managed to get to Arbúcies, where I was welcomed by three top-class hosts: Cesc Noguera, Joaquim Mateu and Josep Guiolà. With them I visited the Museu Etnològic del Montseny, where the 5 exhibitions were set up. I thoroughly enjoyed the mastery of Oriol’s interpretation of light in landscapes, discovered the rich inner world the emanates from the dreamscapes of Josep Guiolà, marvelled at the force of nature as depicted by Vicenç Gimeno and took a mystery trip around Iceland with Pere Soler.
My warmest thanks to the organisers: the artichokes were to die for! I look forward to seeing you in Bilbao.
TALK AT 19TH AEFONA CONGRESS - 2011: PUTTING A DIFFERENT LIGHT ON THINGS
On December 8-11, the Riberas del Guadaíra theatre in Alcalá de Guadaira, Seville, is the setting for the 19th Congress of AEFONA (Spanish Association of Nature Photographers) and the 8th International Festival of Nature Photography. Four action-packed days of photography with addresses, exhibitions, audiovisual presentations, exhibitors showcasing photographic materials, books, etc. Guests from outside Spain include Kathy Moran, Helen Gliks, Martin Eisenhower, Pal Hermansen and Niall Benvie. There will also be a chance to enjoy talks from AEFONA members Iñaki Relanzón, Alberto Saiz, Luis Monje, Paco Segarra and myself. I shall be speaking on the morning of the 9th, on the subject of light. We shall also be presenting the latest issue of the magazine IRIS and our projects for 2012. It promises to be an exciting, enriching encounter with nature: I look forward to seeing you there.
EXHIBITION AT FOTO-MONTSENY
The Museu Etnològic del Montseny and Secció Fotogràfica Centre d’Arbúcies have organised the second FotoMontseny event.
From November 26 until the end of January 2012 Arbúcies (Girona) is to host 5 exhibitions centred on landscapes: Retals de Rapa-Nui by Oriol Alamany, Somnis del Montseny by Josep Guiolà, Islandia, L’Illa del Nord by Pere Soler, Natura Extrema by Vicenç Gimeno and my own Al Filo de las Mareas. The event will also feature a photography competition, talks and audiovisual presentations.
TALK AT MONTPHOTOFEST 2011: LIGHT, THE SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE
Everything is ready for MontphotoFest 2011: on December 3-6 there will be good photography, talks, workshops and a friendly atmosphere to enjoy. It will be a real luxury to be able to learn from great photographers such as Klaus Nigge and Tino Soriano among others. This year I have the privilege of being a member of the jury for the Nature section. The final decision will be announced on Saturday 3 at 6 p.m. and, as in earlier editions of the event, it will be broadcast live. On Sunday 4 at 11 a.m. I will be giving a talk on the effect of light on our perception of the landscape: I hope those who can be there will find it of interest.
PORTFOLIO IN ISSUE 629 OF ARTE FOTOGRÁFICO
The magazine Arte Fotográfico was founded in 1952 to defend artistic values and the concept of authorship and to advocate the recognition of photographic works. Starting with issue 620 in September 2009, the magazine began to feature monographic issues. The latest issue, nº 629, is given over to landscape and includes a portfolio of mine on woodlands. It is an honour to be published alongside works by photographers that I admire greatly such as Joe Cornish, Clyde Butcher, Alejandro Martínez and the exquisite Asier Castro.
INTERVIEW IN LNH
LNH is a new digital review on nature and landscape photography started up by photographer Javier Alonso Torre. Its feature articles, essays, interviews and other contents are sure to please readers. Issue nº 3 is now available. It includes an interview with me.
NEW BOOK: NATURA: REGARDS CRÉATIFS SUR LA NATURE
This magnificent book contains 175 colour photos by members of the prestigious Portfolio Natural photography group, to which I have the pleasure of belonging. It brings together some of the best pictures by group members in the course of many years of hard work, travelling and original projects.
Natura is not just another book of nature photographs: its pictures show a clear artistic vocation. They are indeed grouped into 13 chapters according to different creative criteria: Lighting, Paintings, Water, The Wild, Creations, Textures, Movements, Snow and Ice, Geometries, Plants, Abstracts, Horizons and Phenomena.
The book is to be presented at the Nature Festival in Montier-en-Der (France) with an exhibition of large-format photos on November 17-20."
NATURE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
One of Isabel's images entitled Sunset, Asturias, was selected as "Highly Honored" in Nature’s Best Magazine’s Ocean Views 2011 photography competition. It appeared in the Spring 2011 special Ocean issue of revista Nature's Best magazine.
April 18th, 2011. Landscape photography workshop at La Orotava, Tenerife
Back from an intense weekend, I send warm greetings to all participants of the workshop "A creative look to the landscape". It was a pleasure to share with you my thoughts on the artistic component of landscape photography.
15-16th January, 2011. Member of the judge panel of Asferico 2011
I was invited to the judge panel of the international ASFERICO nature photography competition. The judging took place in Budoia, north Italy.
It was a pleasure to share the work with Orsolya Haarberg, Alessandra Meniconzi, Verena Hackner and Marco Ferrari. www.asferico.com
October 15-30th, 2010. Exhibition at Elgoibar Culture House's
Arranged by the photographic colective Ongarri in collaboration with the Elgoibar City Council, the exhibition displays large prints of the work 'At the edge of the tides'.
January 15th, 2010. Slide show
Invited by Sestao Photo 2010 to hold a slide show of the "At the Edge of the Tides" project at Hall of the Municipal School of Music Sestao on January 15 th. This year the meeting has the excellent photographer Pep Bonet as prime guest.
August 4th, 2010. Landscape photography workshop: A creative look to the landscape
Under the initiative of the photographers Mamen Marí (Donostia) and Gabriel Brau (Barcelona) in collaboration with the Photographic Society of Gipuzkoa and the Chillida Leku Museum, comes the third edition of DONOSTIMAGEN. A varied program of workshops led by Tino Soriano, Fina Lunes, Joseph Vicent Climent and Isabel Díez, as well as lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions will be held from July 23 to August 5 in Donostia-San Sebastian. www.donostimagen.com
July 23rd, 2010. Opening of the exhibition 'At the Edge of the Tides'
Organized by the Department of Culture of Bergara City, on July 23rd it was inaugurated the exhibition "At the Edge of the Tides" at the Aroztegi Exhibition Hall. The exhibition will remain until August 15.
December 19th, 2009. Photographic Workshop: The Natural Landscape
Invited by the Agrupació Fotogràfica Oficis Tallers d'Arts i de Berga-AFTDAO- on December 19th I led a workshop on natural landscape photography. The aim of the workshop was to debate on the issues involved in obtaining photographs that better reflect the concerns and vision that every photographer has about the landscape. Warm greetings to workshop participants and members of the organization. aftdao.
The article entitled "Between landscape and abstraction" was published on the "guest photographer" section of the Nature Photographers Association of Madrid (FONAMAD) Yearbook 2009. For the third consecutive year FONAMAD published its yearbook, 140 color pages with outstanding images of nature. Copy orders can be placed at the following mail address email@example.com
From November 6th to November 30th Isabel Díez is showing 23 large prints from her "At the edge of the Tides" project at the Hall UPV-Bilbao Etxea BBK (C/ Bank of Spain 2, Bilbao). Photos of the exhibition can be seeing in a video produced by the public Basque Television - EITB.. video.
November 6th, 2009. Presentación del libro Al Filo de las Mareas
Next Friday, November 6th, my book "At the Edge of the Tides" will be presented at the Exhibition Hall UPV-BBK Etxea, Bilbao (C/ Banco de España 2, Casco Viejo) at 19:00 hours. Admission is free, and you're invited. Edited by BBK-Euskal Herriko Argazkilari Taldeen Elkartea. Photographs by Isabel Díez. Forward by David Ward. Paperback, 22x22 cm., 73 pages. English/Spanish/Basque. ISBN 978-84-613-3832-0
February 28th, 2009. Speaker invited at Fotogenio 09
Saturday 28th February at 16:30. Talk "At the edge of the tides". This year many great photographers as Tino Soriano, Hugo Rodríguez and Oriol Alamany will participate, as well as foreign guests: Kathy Moran, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Magazine (Washington, USA) and Staffan Widstrand, Managing Director of Wild Wonders of Europe project. The 1600 attendees make this meeting at Mazarrón one of the largest meetings of photography in Spain.
August 4th, 2009. Landscape photography workshop at DONOSTIMAGEN'09
Conceived as a meeting point for all those lovers of photography, professional or amateur, to share for a few days his passion, hobby or vocation for the world of photography. Workshops, lectures and photo exhibitions conform the agenda of the second edition of Donostimagen that will be held between July 31 and August 4th in San Sebastian city and Hernani (Chillida Leku Museum). www.donostimagen.com
June 5th, 2009. OBJETIVO PURA VIDA Project, portraying the biodiversity of Costa Rica
Inaugurated the exhibition of the project "OBJETIVO PURA VIDA. Biodiversity in Costa Rica." on June 5th at the Museum of History Dr. Calderón Guardia. A 207 pages book of images from the project has been published, presented by D. Arturo Reig Tapia, Ambassador of Spain, D. Rodrigo Gámez, President of the National Institute of Biodiversity and D. Miguel Albero, curator of the exhibition and cultural counselor of the Embassy of Spain in Costa Rica. Eduardo Blanco, Cristóbal Serrano, José B. Ruiz and Isabel Díez, four Spanish photographers give their views on the country's biodiversity. An initiative of the Embassy of Spain in Costa Rica. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. proyecto.
May 8th, 2009. Exhibition At the Edge of the Tides
From 8th to 31th May, 2009 in Sala Topaleku. Location: St. Zuloagatarren 3 Éibar 20600 (Gipuzkoa). Hours: Monday to Friday from 19 to 21 h, Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 14h. The exhibition takes place in the context of the Photographic May of Éibar organized by Eibarko Club Deportiboa Argazki Taldea.
December 4th, 2008. Slideshow: Basque Coast, a sea of sensations
December 4th at 19:30 pm Location: City Exhibition Hall of Barakaldo, Central Library, Antonio Trueba Park. Invited by the Photographic Society Denbora to participate in the XIV Photographic Fortnight Barakaldo, celebrating its 25th anniversary as a photographic society. Congratulations!
November 29th, 2008. Invited Photographer at the annual meeting of
Saturday November 29th at 18:00 slideshow projection "Autumn Echoes". Sunday November 30th at 10:30 Lecture "The creative process: discovering the landscape" and slideshow projection "At the edge of the Tides". CENEAM (National Center for Environmental Education), Valsaín, Segovia. Photo: together with Andrés López. resumen asamblea
November 24th, 2008. Speaker invited at BILBOARGAZKI 08
Lecture on "The creative process: discovering the landscape" and slideshow projection "At the edge of the Tides." Held at the Exhibition Hall Barrainkua, Barrainkua 5, Bilbao. On November 24 at 19:00 pm. Organized by the Federation of Photographic Associations of the Basque Country (EHATE).
November 7th, 2008. Collective Exhibition "XVI International Photography Torre Luzea"
From 7th November to 7th December 2008 in Sala Torre Luzea. Location: San Francisco 18 pral, 50006 Zarautz. Hours: weekdays from 18:00 to 20:00, Sundays and holidays: 12:00-14:00 / 18:00-20:00. Invited by the Zarauzko Argazkizale Elkartea. Photo: Presentation of the trophy Torre Luzea together with Fermín Etxeberria and Txema Fernández.
November 11th, 2008. Interview at EITB Kultura TV show
We will know the field work of the photographer Isabel Díez, winner of the Argizaiola 2008 trophy. Díez explained the details of how she makes landscapes and nature pictures to EITB Kultura. Interview broadcast by TV channels ETB-2, ETB-1 and ETB-3 from 10th to 15th November 2008. video
October 25th, 2008. GDT-European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008. Winner of Plant Category.
First prize in Category Plants with the work "Embracing the snow". More than 500 photographers from 24 European countries submitted about 7,000 photographs in the edition of 2008. David Maitland, from United Kingdom, was the overall winner with a photo report of high visual impact: the face of a monkey-wrenching burnt by some hunters to be sold as meat. Photo right: the awards ceremony 25th October 2008, at Hilpert Theater, Lünen, Germany.
October 2nd, 2008. Opening of the exhibition 'At the Edge of the Tides'
Invited by the Royal Photographic Society of Zaragoza, Isabel Díez will show large prints from her "At the edge of the Tides" project at the Gil Marraco Hall from 2th to 17th October. Address: San Francisco 18 pral, 50006 Zaragoza. Hours: Monday to Friday from 18:30 to 21:30
XXXVI Trofeo Gipuzkoa Internacional
FIAP Honorable Mention to the work "Ivory Strokes". Trofeo Gipuzkoa a meeting point for photographers all around the world. This year 369 authors from 40 countries have submitted 3090 works.
July 3rd, 2008. Collective Exhibition "A Coast, Four Views"
From July 3rd to August 3rd, 2008 in Sala Kutxa Boulevard. Address: Alameda del Boulevard, 1, 20003 Donostia-San Sebastián. Hours: daily from 11:30 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 21:00. Photographers: Asier Castro, Raúl Esteban, Isabel Díez and Koldo Badillo.
Glanzlichter 2008, International Nature Photography Competition, Germany
Three Honorable Mentions
Two in the Nature as Art category (Adren im Eis, Bergsteiger)
One in The World of Stones category (Baumeister).
Argizaiola 2008 Trophy-winner
Argizaiola 2008 Trophy-winner with the photograph titled "The Night". Invited participants in this competition are the winners of major competitions organized by the photographic associations of the Basque Country. Photograph: together with Koldo Ibañez, Benito Cantero, Juan Armentia and Joseba Ibarra.