fotoperiodismo

Photos: Portraits of Biking in Patagonia, Piedra Parada, Chubut, Argentina

Friday January 31st, 2014 06:10 PM

Biking in Patagonia, Chubut, Argentina. Photo by James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

The first thing that many people pack in their holiday bag is a camera. It certainly was for me for many years as I went about recording happy times in exotic places. My wife remembers how, even on our honeymoon, I’d be up at the crack of dawn to snap photos in the best light.

But when I turned professional that changed. Holidays are a time to rest from work; to recharge batteries; think about the ‘big picture’, perhaps. And that, for me, means a break from photography. I’m happy to make do with just my camera phone or an old, small, light camera that the kids can muck about with on the beach.

There are exceptions, however, and a trip to Patagonia last November one of them. How could I not take at least one camera? And I was glad I did, if just for the three days I spent cycling near Piedra Parada in Chubut, Argentina. Mario Gadda, a friend who runs Tracción a Sangre cycle tours in Peninsula Valdés, had told me about the incredible desert scenery of the Chubut valley, exemplified by Piedra Parada, a 300m tall chunk of lava from an extinct volcano. The landscape reminded me of Arizona, but without the tourists.

For me, among a group of cyclists, it was also a chance to take some photos of people doing what they love, my favourite type of portrait photography.

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Photojournalism: Mules in La Rioja forests

Thursday May 16th, 2013 09:23 AM

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

We live in an age where we’re encouraged to think newer is better. This year’s camera / computer / car (insert your preference here) is better than last year’s, they tell us. So, once in a while, it’s nice to spend some time photographing a very traditional activity.

A team of loggers have been thinning a 40-year-old pine forest near Ezcaray, La Rioja. By taking down some of the trees, those left behind have more room to grow. But rather than dragging down the trunks with tractors they use mules. Using animals means they don’t have to carve new paths through the forest; mules’ hooves damage the mountain environment less than mechanical tracks.

The animals are trained to obey the voice commands of their handlers and watching them work as a team was a real privilege.

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Variety is the spice of a good photo portfolio

Monday January 28th, 2013 06:54 PM

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

When on assignment for a newspaper I’m always looking for two things. The first is the “wow” picture that stops people in their tracks and, with a bit of luck, makes the front page the next day. The second is a variety and depth of images to complete the portfolio.

My job, regardless of whether its for a press or commercial job or for a wedding, is to tell the story through strong images. To do that you need to have photos which show the big picture but others that give the details. In the case of snowy whether, that means showing how people, animals and general every day life is affected.

In addition I’m always looking for photos which not only appeal to the eyes but to the viewers’ other senses. I want you to feel cold looking at the dog or the cows. And share the joy of my son Nick throwing a snowball and excitement of the girls in a snowball fight.

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Masterchef Juan Mari Arzak at Tondeluna, Logroño

Thursday March 29th, 2012 12:17 PM

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Over recent weeks some of Spain’s most prestigious chefs, including Paco Morales and Andoni Luis Aduriz, have given talks at Francis Paniego and Luisa Barrachina’s Tondeluna restaurant in Logroño.

Last night was the turn of Juan Mari Arzak, the grand maestro credited with bringing Basque cooking to world attention. Andoni and Francis learnt their craft with Arzak. Without him, Mugaritz and Tondeluna probably wouldn’t exist.

Arzak spoke about everything from his first restaurant to the lunch he served for the Queen of England. And his best tip? It doesn’t matter how good the food is or how exquisite the recipe, if it’s served on a cold plate at the wrong temperature, it’s no good.

I’ve put a gallery with more photos here.

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

La Rioja’s chefs at Delicatto restaurant, Logroño

Tuesday March 13th, 2012 11:13 AM

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

There’s a well used and rarely wrong saying in English that too many chefs spoil the cooking. So you might think that getting cooks from eight of La Rioja’s choicest restaurants to work in the same kitchen is a recipe for disaster, even if it is for a charity dinner.

I spent a decent chunk of Friday night in the kitchen of Delicatto Restaurant in Logroño waiting to see if sparks would fly. The chefs, from Chef Nino, La Vieja Bodega, El Rincón del Vino, La Galería, Marisol ArriagaEl Arriero, Café RiojaEl Portalón, prepared a series of tapas and dishes for over 160 diners. There was no shortage of action in the kitchen but, thankfully, all the energy was positive.

The evening, organised by the Riojan restaurant association Ricamesa, raised €6,000 for Caritas, which fights poverty and exclusion. I’ve put a gallery of photos from the evening here.

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Delicatto, Logroño

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja