As many great writers and artists have expressed before, art withstands time, immortalizing a feeling or memory that has long passed. Photography is perhaps the greatest example of this. And with phone cameras constantly improving – the highest megapixel camera on a phone currently at over 100mp – taking a good, professional photo has become accessible to all those with a smartphone.
Maltese photo-enthusiast Kevin White shares the same sentiment of “the joys of photography”. Ylenia Attard chats with him as he shares his own best images of Malta, and gives us some tips on taking great photos, whether you have a DSLR camera, drone, or just your phone.
Kevin, almost 30, explains how he got to experiment with photography in this past decade. “I don’t consider myself as a photographer, as I’m purely a hobbyist, which in turn also influences my style. I feed off spontaneity and that’s why I used to keep my drone and camera in my car. I don’t plan ahead, I go to a place on my own to read, write or simply wander, get awed by the light of the setting sun and more often than not want to capture its fleetingness.”
Kevin’s favourite photography locations
Born and raised in Zurrieq, a coastal town in the Southern region, Kevin spent most his early years exploring the area. “I spent a lot of my childhood swimming and climbing over rocks close to home. There’s an area just under Hagar Qim called In-Niffied (getting its name from a cave tunnel with two entrances) that I frequent, which has plenty of rock formations begging to be captured on camera or drone. There are many spots to bathe in after the descent, Filfla stands guard just on the horizon and if the sky is hosting clouds the sunset is more than likely to be gorgeous.”
He shares with us some of his favourite photos he’s taken of his hometown: ‘Mithna’ (above), ‘Blue Grotto’ (below) and ‘Velvety Morning’ (cover image). “What I’m trying to convey is that most of the time, similarly to life itself, it’s what we make of things. True, towering cranes are a presence in all our villages but I’m sure each village has its beautiful spots waiting to be captured.”
A perfect moment in time
Kevin tells us the story of how the mesmerizing photo below came to be. “Gozo and its charm are close to my heart and I make it a point to spend a week in December every year. My idea of heaven is beach-hopping in Gozo, swimming in empty beaches before the temperatures ‘plunge’. Once, after swimming in Mgarr ix-Xini I was making my way back late in the afternoon. A storm was brewing, the sky was alight, with pink and red hues splattered across the ominous clouds. A shepherd was tending to his flock of sheep with the perfect backdrop, Xewkija‘s dome and the sky. I was happy I managed to capture this moment in time.”
Tips for taking photos of the Maltese Islands
Malta provides us with plenty of stunning photo opportunities, and you are sure to find a few wherever you go on the island. Kevin strongly recommends our Baroque capital city. “One can’t go wrong with a stroll in Valletta. We’ve all seen the usual shots of the capital but it’s so easy to be creative and different. A small change in perspective, looking up or looking back on a walk one usually takes are bound to give a different dimension. One would be surprised with how many beautiful traditional balconies adorn the streets. I’d always like to end a walk at the lower bastions next to the breakwater as they’re not very busy usually. As a bonus tip, in summer one can kayak in the grand harbour and there’s a secret tunnel to discover!”
And in spite of time’s ‘cruel hand’, Kevin concludes enthusiastically that “a camera can help to make something temporary: a moment, into a thing slightly more permanent: a photograph!”
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