I started enjoying photography when I was still 16 as soon as I could afford buying my own camera. Obviously I could not afford to travel then and started to take photos of Malta. Luckily I live on a small island which provides infinite photographic opportunities and I learned a lot. Not only on photography I learned about improving my photography skills, but also on my homeland. Learning about your subject is what makes photography what it is. You learn to observe and you make research before and after you in order to capture your subject in the best way possible. Behind every photo there is a story to tell.
I enjoy going out in the countryside and take pictures of landscapes and wildlife. When I get back home I make some research to learn more about the shots I took. Often we go for long trips in far away lands and we miss what we have at home. I find that in general Maltese people have a very negative impression of their country. They think that since it is a small island there is nowhere to go. Then they see a picture taken in Malta and say ‘Where is that? I have never been there’
I guess that not everyone from Malta can guess immediately where the above shot has been taken. It is the first shot I took with my new lens as it is very close to my home, practically less than 5 minutes of driving. This is the area known as ‘Il-Munqar’ (beak in English) shot from Wied iz-Zurrieq on a beautiful Winter day. My point is go out and explore your own homeland as I am sure that you will be surprised at how much you can learn and obviously photograph!