Photo Walk, Stanley, Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands - An Introduction

The photos in this short slideshow feature a series of images I made on a quick photo walk I undertook in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands during November 2010.

Stanley is a pretty place, imbued with the friendly social scene associated with a quintessential British village. With a population of around 2,100 it, nevertheless, houses over two-thirds of the Falklands population. I've got a great link to the demographics of the Falklands HERE.

There are two main islands, East and West Falkland, though the Falklands contains hundreds of other, much smaller, islands.

While our visit to the Falklands was short I really enjoyed my time there. I'd love to go back and spend a month exploring the landscape and photographing the wildlife. It's not at the top of my list but, if my numbers come up, it's definitely a possibility. I'm very much attracted to wild, remote locations that are within reach of comfortable digs and good, simple food. And the Brits are pretty special people, are they not.  

The Approach

Why was I there? I was a few days into a photography tour I was co-running to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula and had just disembarked after a reasonable rough voyage from Ushuaia at the bottom of Argentina. A walk, on sold ground, was exactly what I needed.

Establishing Photos

I began by photographing Stanley, from a distance, as the ship sailed into port. These initial images can be referred to as opening or establishing images, as they help place the viewer in a particular place and time. They introduce the viewer to the photo essay by providing an overview of the location and a context from which a more intimate, detailed exploration can begin.

Once I'd disembarked the ship I was keen to stretch my legs. I headed along the road adjacent to the bay and then up the hillside to explore some of the local streets. A number of images followed of quaint cottages and gardens as well as a few general street scenes.

Uniqueness through Experimentation

But the process really became interesting when I began to experiment, the result of which being some fairly non-conventional images that, I'm sure, where unlike anyone else's on our tour.

Like to Improve Your Composition

As a way of enhancing mood I was careful to narrow my approach to what I felt would photograph well in either color or black and white. You'll notice, for example, how the black and white images exhibit strong texture, tone and shape. In the case of the color photographs you'll notice that I'm really responding to what I saw as blocks of color in the environment.

It's important to note that, whether working towards a color or black and white photo, from a compositional point of view, I wasn't photographing buildings, gardens or miscellaneous structures. The subject of these photos is design itself. It's the design, not the objects themselves, that's been photographed.

After a while I navigated myself back to the centre of town to photograph the Globe Tavern. I was keen to try a local brew and was pleased to find some members of the tour, guides and customers alike, well ahead of me in that regard. I wanted so much to stay and explore the culture of this remote British territory. But, with the clock ticking and the wonders of South Georgia Island and Antarctica ahead, I left Stanley grateful for the opportunity to have visited.      

I hope you enjoy this short slideshow and that it gives you some ideas as to how to go about improving composition in your own photography.

All images in the slideshow were processed entirely in Adobe Lightroom. I have a special offer at the moment on one-on-one photography classes and Lightroom is a very popular one. Check out all the details HERE

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru