Photographers are violent people

Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall.


Algarve is precious

Algarve, in Portugal, is really a beautifull place. Went there for 10 days and it was great. Here are some photos I took during this vacations.

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Wallpaper Sea Boat

Went to Algarve and took this photo of a boat crossing the ocean. Like it’s minimalism and think it’s nice for a wallpaper so I decided to share it. The wallpaper has a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and can be downloaded by clicking here or by clicking the picture bellow.

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Road in the spring

On the way to lunch I saw this detour in the road, I felt an overwhelming desire to stop the car and take this photograph.

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Dark side of the lens

The monologue running behind the visuals is magical. If you’re a photographer, a filmmaker, a surfer or just want to lead a creative life, whether for money, glory or any other reason, this video is for you.

Life on the road is something I was raised to embrace. Me Ma always encouraged us to open our eyes and our hearts to the world, make up our own minds for experience of being inspired. I see life in angles, in lines of perspective – the slow turn of a head, the blink of an eye, subtle glimpses of magic – other folk might pass by. Cameras help me translate, interpret and understand what I see. It’s a simple act that keeps me grinning. I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience for adventure and for passion. They still all mean something to me, same as most anyone with dreams. My heart bleeds celtic blood and I magnetize the familiar frontiers. The raw brutal cold coastlands for the right waveriders to challenge – this is where my heart beats hardest.

I try to pay tribute to that magic through photographs. Weathering the endless staunch for rare glimpses of magic each winter is both a blessing and a curse I relish. I wanna see waveriding documented the way I see it in my head, and the way I feel it in the sea. This is a strange set of skills to begin to acquire. This is only achievable through time spent riding waves. All sorts of waves on all sorts of crafts. There is more time spent learning out on the water, floating in the sea amongst lumps and swells, you always learn something. It’s been a lifelong wise old classroom teacher of sorts and hopefully, it always will be. Buried beneath headlands, shaping the coast, mind-blowing images of empty waves burn away at me.

Solid ocean swells powering through deep cold water, heavy waves weighs in wait, coaxed from comfortable routine, ignite the imagination, conveys some of the viny spark, whisper possibilities, conjure the situations I thrive amongst and love to document.

We all take knocks in the process – broken backs, drownings, near-drownings, hypothermia, dislocations, fractures, frostbite, head wounds, stitches, concussions, broke my arm – and that’s just the last couple of years, still look forward to getting amongst it each winter though.
Cold creeping into your core, driving you mad, day after day, mumbling to yourself while you hold position and wait for the next set to come. The dark side of the lens – An artform that to itself and us, silent workhorses of the surfing wake. There’s no sugary cliché. Most folk don’t even know who we are, and what we do or how we do it, let alone what they pay us for it. I never want to take this for granted so I try to keep motivation simple, real, and positive.

If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living where I’m scraping.
If there’s no future in it, this is a present worth remembering.
For fires of happiness and waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar – I feel genuinely lucky and hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And I may never be a rich man, or live long enough, then sadly I have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that.Mickey Smith


Parque das Nações Black and White

I took some photographs of the landing of aliens in Portugal. Their spaceships can be found in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, more specifically in the Parque das Nações.

City of Coimbra Video

Bellow is a fantastic video that shows the city of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the nation’s capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better-known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. I studied in the University of Coimbra and I am currently very happy living in Coimbra.


Wallpaper Old Paperboy

My friends told me they liked the wallpaper of my previous post. So i use the same image filters and created a new wallpaper with another picture I took at the same day. What do you think about this one? If you have a dual monitor setup you can have both wallpapers at the same time and have a really nice effect. The wallpaper has a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and can be downloaded by clicking here or by clicking the picture bellow.

Download: zip (all versions) | Desktop | iPad | iPhone |