Fifty Years Ago: Aqaba in Almeria

On Nov 28, 2012 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Fifty Years Ago: Aqaba in Almeria

Fifty years ago, in April of 1962, the Algarrobico beach on the southeastern coast of spain was bustling with activity as two hundred local workers constructed a replica of the Red Sea port of Aqaba circa 1916 for the filming of Lawrence of Arabia. They took three months to construct 300 false-front buildings and a […]

The Beaches of Cabo de Gata

On May 27, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | 2 Comments
The Beaches of Cabo de Gata

Tuesday’s Frugal Traveler column in the New York Times covers the undeveloped and (so far) undiscovered beaches of Cabo de Gata in Almeria, Spain. In fact, author Seth Kugel describes his ideal beach as: one that you come upon after a hilly, rocky hike over scrub-covered hills. It’s a half-moon cove of ashen sand flanked at […]

Satanic Messages Save a Decaying Old Church: La Iglesia de las Salinas

On Mar 8, 2011 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Satanic Messages Save a Decaying Old Church: La Iglesia de las Salinas

The Iglesia de las Salinas has been slowly decaying since its construction in 1907. The century-old church lies the coast of Almería in the Cabo de Gata natural park. A combination of ocean winds and salt in the air–the church’s name comes from the fact that it sits next to a salt processing operation–have been […]

Algarrobico

On Sep 29, 2010 in Almeria, Blog | One Comment
Algarrobico

Over a year ago I blogged about the background to the controversial hotel at Algarrobico on the coast of Almeria in southern Spain. It has been over four years since a court ruling delared the construction to be in violation of laws protecting the Cabo de Gata natural park and coastline and work on the […]

Interview in La Voz de Almeria

On Jan 8, 2010 in Blog, Press | No Comments
Interview in La Voz de Almeria

Spanish journalist Federico Utrera conducted this interview with me by email about my photography and relation to Spain. Utrera is based in Madrid but is originally from Almeria. I first met him last year when he was writing about my uncle Federico Castellon. I was flattered that he took the time to review my portfolio […]

Spanish Ghosts: Notes on the Locations

On Oct 22, 2009 in Blog, Exhibits | No Comments

I provided some information at the Spanish Ghosts exhibition about the locations where the photographs were taken. These buildings and spaces have many intriguing stories behind them that add to their significance. Here are the descriptions: Cortijo del Fraile: Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre was inspired by a true story that appeared in a […]

Lawrence of Arabia and an Illegal Hotel

On Apr 22, 2009 in Almeria, Blog | 2 Comments
Lawrence of Arabia and an Illegal Hotel

Almost half a century ago ago this barren section of the Almeria coastline in southern Spain was bustling with the activity of a small metropolis. Workers were constructing a replica of the city of Aqaba for the filming of the famous battle scene in Lawrence of Arabia. After the shoot, the entire set was dismantled, […]

Ghost Houses of Cabo de Gata

On Apr 20, 2008 in Almeria, Blog | No Comments
Ghost Houses of Cabo de Gata

                      The landscape of Cabo de Gata, along the coast of Almeria, is dotted with architectural remains — eighteenth century fortifications, abandoned mining operations, and empty cortijos. These vacant structures, fixed in the arid desert landscape for decades or centuries, seem timeless. They could have […]

Fraser Gallery

On Jan 21, 2007 in Blog, Exhibits | No Comments
Fraser Gallery

My photograph Cabo de Gata was accepted for the Fraser Gallery 6th Annual International Photography Competition. The show will be up from February 9 – March 3, 2007 with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday February 9 from 6 to 9 pm. The scene is from the Cabo de Gata natural park in […]