The 'unknown' Africa: an amazing continent

by Editor Miro Susta 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 14th of January 2022

Africa is a breath-taking continent, a traveller's paradise. Originally the heart of the humankind, it is now inhabited by more than a billion humans.
It is a place of superlatives; Africa is the second largest continent in the world with an area of more than 30 million km2.

 'I belong!' by Sergio Pandolfini


An indigenous civilization that we can get to know without going to a museum to experience different customs and cultures, a civilization full of traditions and different customs. The continent is home to jungles and deserts and even one glacier. It spans over all four hemispheres.
The Sahara Desert is almost as big as the USA, this world's largest sand (or hot) desert stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea across ten African countries (Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Mali and Sudan).


'Sahara' by Rui Pires


Africa is far from being monotonous: black people, elephants, heat and poverty... as many feels.



'Himba girl' by Piet Flour


Africa is, on the contrary, a wonderfully diverse and colourful continent, which fulfils dreams more reliably than many other well-known destinations on our Earth.


the blue man' by Zineddine Benidir


In Algeria, after Sudan the second largest country in Africa, the bulk of the population lives in the north in the urban areas lining the Mediterranean coast. Life in the interior is harsh, full of sand, dust and dry Sahara Desert which covers about 80 % of the country, separated from the northern populated belt by snow-capped peaks, 2’500 km long Atlas Mountains.


'Angola-Kalandula Falls' by Martin Froyda


The magnificent Kalandula Falls, located on the Lucala River about 400 km east of Angola's capital, Luanda, are after Victoria Falls the second largest (by flowrate) waterfalls in Africa.  With its height of 104 m and width of 400 m, they are considered one of the world waterfall giants.


'Benin is only the entrance' by Elena Molina


Benin, a country neglected by many tourists, located in western part of Africa, is the cradle of voodoo and in the past it was an important slave-trading centre for almost three centuries. The country has a rich and complex history behind, still very present today.


'Family Portrait' by Cheryl Schneider


Botswana has the largest number of elephants in the world, currently home to around 130,000 of the animals, but this last sanctuary for African elephants is disappearing. Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, the main reason for which, according to the country's president, is the increasingly frequent conflicts between elephants and humans, whose crops are destroyed by the animals.


'Sudosukai beautification' by Trevor Cole


In the Republic of Chad located at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Tuareg and Fulani nomads gather once a year to stay together one week at a time. They dance, they make music, the men dress as women, the women ride camels. This event was known as "Cure Salee" and was one of the most unique and colorful cultural events in the world. Today, the Wodaabe organize a separate festival to escape from the tourists and commercialization that has crept into their celebrations.


'Back in Time' by Kenneth Zeng


The Pyramid Complex in Giza is the most popular tourist attraction in Egypt. It is also known as the Giza necropolis. It includes the pyramid of Cheops, the pyramid of Khafre and Menkaure pyramid. The Egyptian pyramids are still an architectural marvel today. The Pyramid of Cheops is the largest stone structure built in antiquity and the only surviving classical wonder of the world. It is said to have been built as early as 3000 BC. Approximately 2.3 million stone blocks were used in its construction. Each of them weighed between 2.5 and 15 tonnes. How were the heavy stone blocks moved during the construction?


'Colorful Ethiopia' by Matty Karp


Ethiopia is the cradle of humankind; it is the country of origin of coffee and rich in culture and children. In its capital Addis Ababa, Africa's first sub-Saharan metro is in operation, skyscrapers are shooting up into the sky and new rail lines are criss-crossing the vast country. But the growth is not reaching most of the population, and millions of people would still starve if they did not receive food aid.


'A day at the beach' by Greg Metro

The coast of Ghana is a museum of slavery. The coast, free of swamps and mangroves, was the most accessible part of the Gulf of Guinea coast for sailors. The sheltered bays provided a suitable place for American slave traders and European colonizers to anchor their ships, and the rocky cliffs provided material for the construction of forts and castles.


'Guinean fishermen' by Didier Strugala


Guinea is a poor country, but it is not a country where people are fleeing to other parts of the world in large numbers. For small-scale coastal fishers in the Gulf of Guinea, fishing is the basis of income-generating activity, and for most residents of fishing villages it is essential for food security and existential needs.


'The Migration' by Jassi Oberai

The Masai Mara is a nature reserve located in Kenya about 270 km from the capital, Nairobi, bordering the famous Serengeti National Park. Its name is derived from the Maasai, an indigenous people, and the Mara River, which flows from across the reserve. The reserve is best known as a place where wildlife migrates. The biggest attraction of the Masai Mara are the lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest and antelopes that gather here every year to fight for life and prey.


'Going for a stroll' by Andre van Huizen


The Libyan Desert located in north-east Africa within the Sahara Desert covers an area of about 1.1 million km², stretching across geographical regions of Libya, Egypt and Sudan. The height of the sand dunes reaches up to 200-500 m in some areas.


'Madagascar' by Dan Mirica


The Madagascar’s baobab is not to be mistaken with any other tree; it is a broad-leaved deciduous tree with a thick, barrel-shaped trunk. The trunk can have a diameter of 9 m or more and grow up to 30 m high. When the tree is not bearing foliage, it appears to grow in reverse order - roots up. The tree is widespread not only in Madagascar but also in some other African countries.


'Saharan oasis' by Rusty Childress


Mali - the land of mud houses is a jewel, a destination that has it all. About a third of the Niger River (1'626 km long) runs through Mali and is present everywhere on Mali's travels. The most popular part is between Mopti and Korioumé (port for Mali's capital city Timbuktu), to see interesting fishing villages of the Bozo ethnic group, beautiful riverside mosques and river deltas.


'Just before sundown' by Norbert Becke

<span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: proxima-nova; mso-bidi-font-family: "";">Moroccan Sahara Desert is the hotel with a million stars and the most beautiful part of the endless desert, land of golden sand. The dunes look fabulous, this is no ordinary sand, it is beautiful yellow and red, the Saharan sand. These attributes make it exotic, perhaps more exotic than it really is, but one does not really perceive it.


'Relaxing in Epupa Gorge' by Ben McRae


Epupa Falls on the Kunene River are an important border point between Angola and Namibia. Here the river widens to a width of half a kilometre and cascades down for a kilometre and a half. On the highest single river escarpment, it plunges from a height of twelve metres and the total vertical difference is only twenty metres.


'Gerewol festival Niger' by Joxe Inazio Kuesta Garmendia


Every September, nomadic clans from Niger gather in the central part of the country for huge celebrations which include festivities, camel races, local markets and male beauty contests. The celebrations are called Gerewol Festival and are the largest in the region.


'Sheltering the newborn' by Norbert Becke


Most of Rwanda lies at an altitude above 1'500 m a s l. In the north-west of the country lies the volcanic Virunga Mountains, with the highest point in the country, the Karisimbi volcano (4 519 m a s l). Due to its mountainous terrain, Rwanda is also known as the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. In Rwanda one-third of the world's population of mountain gorillas can be found, as well as chimpanzees, for example.


'Feeding on Salt' by Paul-Vlad Epure


The Pink Lake in Senegal is a special natural feature that is caused by a harmless bacterium. Several such waters can still be found around the world. The bubble-gum-coloured water attracts tourists from all over the world to places they would not otherwise think of travelling to. But this Pink Lake in Senegal and has become well-known not only for its unusual water colour, but also for the fact that in the past the Paris-Dakar Rally always finished on its shores.


'South Africa – Cape Town' by Michael Jurek

At the southern end of Africa, a hidden treasure rests, Cape Town the oldest and second largest city in South Africa. A city that is in the grip of the mountains and the ocean. A city where Africa's finest wine is born. The city where the white man first met the Bushmen. The city that guards Table Mountain and the Flying Dutchman.


'Ghosts in the Dust' by Roberto Pazzi


Mundaris are a small ethnicity from South Sudan, being composed largely of cattle herders and farmers. The traditional tribal territories of the Mundari are located roughly 75 km north of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, countryside, like much of South Sudan, is mostly flat and punctuated by occasional isolated larger hills.


'Face from Sudan' by Majid Alamri


Sudan... a country that tourists hardly go to. Why not? It is dangerous, full of fundamentalists, sand and poverty. The big problem for Sudan is the fact that almost all those who have never visited the country have a negative opinion and avoid, or rather are afraid to travel there. It is true that some regions are not safe and venturing into them is an unnecessary risk, but Sudan is five times the size of Europe, so there are many places that are suitable for safe travel.


'Migration' by Henrike Scheid


The Serengeti National Park is probably the most famous of its kind in Africa. Located in the northern part of Tanzania, the park itself covers an area of approximately 14,750km², with all the protected areas directly connected to it forming a wilderness area of over 30,000km². It is home to one of the last great migrations and, in terms of permanent numbers, is the largest of them all. More than 1.5 million wildebeest, 600,000 zebra and 400,000 gazelles roam in a permanent state of circulation.


'Togo-2' by mallal moshe

The former "Slave Coast", famous for the origins of the Voodoo religion, magical waterfalls and beautiful savannah's, enchants the visitor with the kind-heartedness of its inhabitants. There are almost forty ethnic groups in Togo, and these people have developed a kind of stronghold to protect themselves against slavery. They have always lived in isolation for more than three centuries and therefore their customs have not changed much and have remained protected from outside influences.


'A quiet evening in Kairouan' by Rolando Paoletti

Perhaps every country in the world has its most sacred place. North African Tunisia is no exception, and when one wants to be there, it is best to head to the historic old city of Kairouan. Behind the high walls lies the old town district and more than one hundred holy mosques.


'Runaway Girls' by Gunnisal


Jinja is the fourth largest town of Uganda, situated near the mouth of the White Nile on the coast of Lake Victoria. The city has one railway station of the Uganda Railway line, which connects the town with Nairobi and Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, as well as with the national capital Kampala.


'The Edge' by Marsel van Oosten

Victoria Falls are one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, along with Iguazú Falls and Niagara Falls. They are located on the Zambezi River and form the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The water plunges straight down from a 120 m high basalt cliff into a 130 m narrow and 140 m deep gorge.


'Waiting' by Trevor Cole


And one last thing. As a traveller and photographer, you probably know the term "Bucket List". 
Do you also keep a list of destinations that you are keen to visit one day, and do you gradually mark the destinations you have already visited as completed items?  
Is Africa also included in your Bucket List? It should !!!
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This is the 3rd article in a series about all continents.
Click on these links if you are interested in the previous articles about Europe and


Amazing portfolio, congrats!
Many thanks Marco.
What an amazing tour into the wonderful African human and nature landscapes with an impressive, beautiful photos. My compliments to Miro and Yvette for this touching tour.
Many thanks for your great words of appreciation Arnon
Thank you so much, dear Arnon!
Impresionante reportaje!! Bellísima selección de imágenes!! Felicidades!!
Muchas gracias por las amables palabras de aprecio querida Susi.
Thank you so much, dear Yvette and dear Miro. Splendid article, rich in beautiful images from you carefully and tastefully selected. I wish you a great weekend.
Thank you very much Francesco, we are happy to see that you like the article. Wish you nice weekend.
My pleasure, Miro.... :)
Many thanks for your never lasting appreciation too, dear Francesco !!!
Thanks, dear Yvette and dear Miro for this beautiful serie .
Thank you Saskia for your appreciation we are glad to see that you like it.
Thank you, dear Saskia.
excellent theme approach; compliments to team and participants
Dank je wel, Piet. Zo leuk je hier te zien ;-)
wonderful reportage of a land that fascinates and attracts. High quality photographs. Sincere Congrats.
Thank you Franco for very nice words of appreciation,
Nice images and selection
Thank you very much Dennis.
txules PRO
Glad to see Africa in the Magazine, such a wonderful continent!!! and so well represented by all these amazing pictures; Congrats to all
Many thanks for nice words.
Very well written article Miro and great selection of images..Congratulations to all
Thank you very much for nice words of appreciation Rana.
I think the heart of the world is Africa. A very good article supported by great photos, Congratulations.
Many thanks dear Emel.
wonderful shots !!!
Many thanks Anna, we are glad to see that you like it.
So delighted to be a part of this wonderful article. Means a lot 🙏🏼
Congratulations ..great image
You are most welcome Jassi.
So happy and honored to be part of this great selection. Very many thanks Yvette and all of you who made it possible. An amazing article indeed!
Thanks for your appreciation, dear Elena !
Lovely article again! Beautiful selection too!
Thanks very much for your appreciation Wicher.
'Background Stories' by Melanie Haberkorn

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 13th of January 2022


'Exhibitions' is a powerful tool to create online exhibitions with your photos. You can add quotes, change the order of your photos and align them in different ways and change the size. Just like a gallery curator arranging prints on the walls of an exhibition you can do the same. The landing page on your profile is an exhibition which you can customize, you can also add more exhibitions and decide which one should be your landing page.


The results are a real bonus.
Every two weeks a succesful exhibition will be published in the magazine.


You can present some of your favourite exhibitions by adding text – stories or quotes – to make them even more attractive and to be selected.  Maybe the next one will be yours.


In the spotlights today, the exhibition 'Background Stories' by Melanie Haberkorn (melhab). Here is the link:   [1] Background Stories by Melanie Haberkorn (


To trigger your curiosity, here are a few images.


 'Background Story 04'



'Background Story 08'



Congratulations, Melanie—These thought-provoking images have a dark side to them. . .showing a veneer of confidence while catastrophe rages in the background.
Thank you so much, dear Sydney, for your appreciative words - your comments make me very happy!
beautiful creations, one of a kind that never tire of looking at them. Congrats Melanie.
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback, dear Franco - it makes my day!
Incredible surreal touch to each of these images making them unique, Melanie. Congratulations, dear friend.
Thank you so much for this great honour dear Yevette! Warm greetings from Cologne
The soul is like a dandelion ..

Tutorial/interview by editor Michel Romaggi  in collaboration with the author Natalia Simongulashvili (Nataliorion)
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe (photoma), the 12th of January 2022


In Natalia’s portfolio, we can see numerous fantastic portraits looking like fairy tale characters thanks to a very creative editing.
Among those, one of my favourites is 'The soul is like a dandelion' and I asked Natalia to tell us how she realised this wonderful creation. 


'The soul is like a dandelion ..'


Thank you very much for answering my questions, Natalia. I had a lot of trouble choosing one photo among all the marvels you offer us. Your portraits are full of creativity.  How did you get the idea for this specific one and more widely for all your stunning portraits? What is your source of inspiration?

I have always loved the Art and had passion for any expression of it.

I love music very much, especially Jazz,  Blues and Classical  music. I’m mentioning music on purpose,  since all my artworks are connected with music somehow, either related to some  specific music or just by listening to music while I’m creating them.

I’m Digital Artist and creating this kind of Artworks is my call.


How do you imagine the context in which you place your characters and how do you implement your ideas?  What do you expect while editing creatively your portraits?

I love taking pictures and I love painting. I use my own and stock images in my photo manipulations. I do not have a studio for photo models and I use a site that provides licensed photographs and they can be used for my own purposes without any problems!

The only condition is to completely change the original image, which is not an issue since  my imagination guides me to make it my own.



Digital artists, but also photographers, often use additional details to create creative images, not only their own but also stock ones. Otherwise it is not possible to create what is intended.  The whole process of creating interesting Digital Art, starting sometimes from dull pictures,  isn't easy but really fun.  With regards to my latest artwork “Soul like Dandelion” , it’s a typical embodiment of my soul and current emotional state. 

I’m usually working with different graphic design software's but most of the time I’m using Adobe Photoshop.  By creating my own artworks, I want to say, express and show, how it all looks from my perspective.







I never copy anyone and don't follow any trends. All my inspirations and ideas are part of my fantasy world, full of imagination, which I carry with me.

That's probably the reason why my favourite quote is  “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” by A. Einstein


Can you tell us a little more about yourself and how photography fits into your life?

I didn't start from a good life doing what I achieved nowadays.  It is rather a sad story!  My eldest son died ... my grief shook my health ... I got a leg injury.
I had an operation and the verdict was deplorable - I might not get up!  I laid on my back for a long time, but knowing my passion for drawing, my three children (two sons and a daughter) installed Photoshop for me.  And that is how it all began...


Why are you creating this type of pictures?

Nowadays everyone starts taking photos of everything!  And honestly, many photos have already become similar by their plot. To me, this kind of photos are not interesting any more, as they lack of individualism. Now I try to process my photos my way so that they stand out from this general monotonous mass. Maybe for now, it’s not yet perceived in our digital society, but I will keep trying to pursue my vision.




I would like to thank you for showing interest in my artworks.
Sincerely, Natalia


Working with soul is something I consider fundamental in photography. This work reveals this in an excellent way, within this area of the edition, which I do not master but greatly admire. Congratulations Natalia.
a creativity that comes from the deep soul. Sincere congrats Natalia.
I admire your creativity dear Natalia, believe me that the rhythms of the music are reflected in your works, congratulations
Beautiful art works, and story behind it ,Natalia .
Thank you both, Natalia and Michel, for this fine tutorial.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful art works, and story behind it ,Natalia .
Iván Ferrero: Photographer of the week

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 10th of January 2022


Iván Ferrero's work focuses on urban and rural day and night landscapes. He dedicates all his free time to his passion for photography. It has become a way of life to him.  He never stops learning to improve his photographic technique and digital workflow skills.  He wants the best results possible and take the viewers on a journey just as if they were there too.  Let's listen to what Iván tells us about the man behind his images through this interview.


'A different Skogafoss'

Dear, Iván, please briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
I am an amateur photographer living in Toledo (Spain). Photography started as a hobby back in 2014 and since then my life has completely changed. Given that I have my real job and am the father of two children, the truth that today the only and scarce free time I have is photography and the creation of content on my YouTube channels and Twitch for a few months.


'The future Chicago'


How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?

More than my experiences having influenced my photographs, it is rather the other way.  Photography has changed my way of seeing life. I was a person completely alien to nature, I had never worried about taking leisure trips to forests, mountains, or enjoying night skies ... photography opened my sight to a new world that until not long ago, was almost unknown to me and I discovered my true hidden passion. Photography has allowed me to live unique moments and enjoy places that, otherwise, I would never have seen.


'Discovering Dolomiti'

I believe that the first night outings and the very first time I photographed the Milky Way marked me the most ... Seeing how hidden landscapes at night were illuminated in the camera amazed me and I will never be able to forget those first outings. Nowadays I can say that nevertheless and although I have been practising photography for years, each photographic session teach me something new.  I also always learn something new when shooting with another person. Learning in photography never ever stops.  The only problem is the lack of free time.




What first attracted you to photography? 

The truth is that photography always attracted me ... but I never considered learning seriously, until - I don't really know why -  in 2014 when admiring some photographs of Serge Ramelli.  I than saw how he was working with light, with the dodge and burn features in lightroom. I found those techniques so  amazing that I decided to try learning about post processing.  That's when all this started for me.


'The dock'


Can you describe your overall photographic vision.

Well, my style is a mix of many styles from photographers who inspired me. I am very influenced both by the legion of great Spanish and Italian landscape photographers, as well as by the American school which is incredible. However, for me, the absolute favourites are Ryan Dyar, Marc Adamus and Daniel Kordan, due to the light in their images. In the beginning my images were more dramatic and dark, but over time it became a more luminous type of photography.  Even for night shots, I used much contrasts than today. In any case, I really like to play with light and shadows to create somewhat painterly works.


'Panorama in Trecime II'


Why are you so drawn by both - Landscape and Architecture photography?

The truth is that there are many photographic disciplines that I like ... I love to look at  portraits, macro ... but in real life, there are things you are less good and some you excel in.  I found my true passion was landscapes, being able to discover incredible places and taking those photographs of somewhat unreal and pictorial environments. The city always fascinated me too.  When travelling abroad, the combination of landscapes/cityscapes is just perfect to me.


'Underground lights'


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

Without any doubt, the most important thing is the moment, the mood, the magic of the light, the mystery. If the details are not the best or there is too much noise etc.  It doesn't worry me too much if there is a story behind the image.


'A village of La Mancha'


What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?

My objective is twofold: first of all I want to enjoy the place myself and second, I will try to get a photograph that will make the viewers thinking that they were there.


Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

Yes, as I am a person who cannot go out much since this is just a hobby, I always try to plan everything when going on a photo trip. I like to know all the possibilities the location  offers as well as the places which give me the most photographic variety. However, if I go to a well-known site, I always try to look for something new.  I want to avoid to make the typical postcard  shot.  I always try to find something different but in my own style.


'Spiral tower'


What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?

I always have been a mirror-less lover.  I had an Olympus, a Fuji, but years ago I bought the old Sony A7R and I was absolutely in love with the image power of that camera and its size. Nowadays my main camera it´s a sony a7rIII and the lenses I most use are sigma 14-24 and sony 24-105, also a little nisi 15mm f4 when I want to go light or use ND filters. For my  youtube videos and twitch streams I Use a sony 6400 with sigma 16mm 1.4 (and recently a Insta 360 action camera for vlogs). About the bag: I always used a lowepro 400 AW, but one year ago I was given a Mindshift 36L (brand collab) and the lowepro remains at home since then.


'Lighthouse in Blue'


What software do you use to process your images?

For my post processing, I just use Photoshop and Camera Raw plugin. I don´t need anything more (no need for LR or Capture 1 etc.) My workflow consists of basic adjustments in camera raw and then,  the real post processing begins in PS with luminosity masks (TK panel its mandatory for me!!). Beside photoshop, I really need PTGUI for stitching and masking my panoramas (I´m a pano lover!!) and recently I have started using Pure Raw to reduce the noise and increase the sharpness of some low light images.


'Teno's Lighthouse'


Can you tell us something more about your work flow?

I must say that I never do the same in any picture..I think that photography is not maths...It´s art and art and art involves a creative process that cannot be replicated from photo to photo with exactitude. However, my post processing always involves contrast and colour adjustments with luminosity masks, some dodge and burn and colour efex plugin in photoshop.


'Chrysler in blue'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in landscape and/or architecture photography and how do you get started?

First of all, be patient and enjoy photography.  Don't be in a rush because, don't try to progress too fast, don't make a profit too soon while you are still learning the basics. I think that when you start with photography because you find it interesting and really like it, you will automatically become passionate and that's when everything flows correctly. And of course, don´t worry too much about the gear, the most important thing is to improve your composition skills and post processing workflow. Don´t hesitate to invest in training videos and trips instead of new lenses or cameras if you already have a decent camera. And the most important, don´t let anyone tell you what you have to do. Just do what you really like.


 'Iglesia en el Cabo de Gata'


Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?  

Without any doubt, my style was influenced by the first “fine art” photographers I discovered when I started with photography around 2014, mainly Marc Adamus (marcadamus), Ryan Dyar (ryandiar) and  Ted Gore.  The light, the shadows, the glow and details in their images is out of this world. Then I discovered Enrico Fossati (fox79), Daniel Kordan (kordan), Shainblum, Juan Pablo de Miguel (demiguel). All the images of these incredible photographers made me want to learn how to emulate that style.


Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why? 

I remember years ago how astonished I was when I saw the first time, this image from Marc Adamus. I remember watching it carefully and trying to figure how to achieve something like that.


'Cool the flames' by Marc Adamus


Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?

Just enjoy photography. Sincerely, sometimes I thought about leaving my work to become a professional photographer, but I think that perhaps if I did, I wouldn´t love photography as much as now, because it wouldn´t be my passion or my hobby, but my work. It wouldn´t be the same. Nowadays I really enjoy when I have the chance to go out and photography with my friends.  I also enjoy the incredible community I have been able to create through my youtube and twtich channels. I´m very lucky about that. I prefer not to think about incredible trips to exotic places.  My family and my job makes it really hard to do something like that. I can´t be away for two weeks, so I prefer to seek realistic goals. Right now I would like to spent some days in the French Pyrenees, especially in springtime. Maybe in 2022, I will be able to achieve it.

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?

Impossible to choose.  There are too many pictures in my portfolio that I love. There are too many images that remind me of incredible moments in my life.  But exceptionally, I'm going to choose one of my pictures on 1x. It's not my best but it 's probably the most dramatic sunset I have seen in my life and I was lucky to shoot it on a very special location in the city where I live: Toledo.


'In flames'


Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

I would like to see more classic landscape photographs on the 1x home page. Unfortunately, landscape photography seems to be less and less visible if we compare to other more commercial photographic modalities today, such as modernist, abstract, social, street photography, but for me there is no greater beauty than that of a landscape image.


'Fireworks in the fog'



'Night in the Old Castle'



'Meandro del Melero'



'The hidden gem'




Love your gallery dear Ivan, your photos are very impressive in all respects. Thanks for sharing with us your thoughts on the subject. My compliments to Yvette for a great interview.
Estupenda selección de imágenes. Enhorabuena por la entrevista Ivan.
A pleasant interview and incredibly beautiful work!
Congratulations Ivan, brilliant dreamy photos, I watched with great pleasure.
Hearty Congratulations Ivan.
Enhorabuena Ivan por la aportación y explicación tan fantástica sobre lo que para ti es este hobby que une y nos une a muchos. Gracias y buena luz.
Enhorabuena Yvette, has traído a un gran fotógrafo y un estupendo profesor
Enhorabuena amigo! Un trabajo siempre impecable.
Siempre increíble tu trabajo Ivan.
Enhorabuena, Iván! Más que merecido!
Дуже сподобалися роботи, особливо колір просто захоплює!
Congratulations with the 'Photographer of the week' feature, Iván. Thanks for your fine collaboration. It was a pleasure to interview you. Cheers, Yvette
Congratulations Ivan, stunning works!
Muy buena seleccion de fotos Ivan, espectaculares. Enhorabuena por el reconocimiento
Grande Iván
The symbol of the Rose

by Editor Wicher Bos 
Edited and published by Head Editor Yvette Depaepe, the 7th of January 2022


Another article in my series on photography and poetry. Listen to a wonderful poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963), an American poet. He wrote “The Rose Family” published in 1927. What happened? In the past, botanists classified plants using plant morphology, the visual characteristics such as how many leaves or petals a plant has. Then science led to new insights and botanical re-classifications. By the early 1900s, botanists reclassified the Plum, and Apple families as subfamilies within the Rose family (Rosaceae). This reclassification triggered Frost to write his poem. Here is the poem:


The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.

The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.

You, of course, are a rose –
But were always a rose. 


'Rose & Apples' by Catherine W.


Re-classifications happens – progressive insights we call it… why did it inspire a poet? Well, a rose is not just a flower, is it? Just add a rose to a man and you know it… It is a symbol, a personification of love, a noble token of something greater than us… and now all of a sudden it seems part of an ordinary family…

Roses have a literal meaning in the poem, scientifically, an apple tree is part of the rose family (Rosea), and so is a pear or plum tree. However, as mentioned roses are a metaphor as well, that is about how society interprets and assigns meaning to them.


I read several analyses on this poem, all taking a slightly different angle. Let me quote the ones that I liked:
“It means that society's vision of beauty is changing...”
“Logic and proof cannot be used to prove beauty. Nobody can "prove" beauty. “You” (the reader) may not look like the person next to you who gets called pretty and beautiful, but you are...”
“The beauty of the rose represents something classic, a lasting beauty. This ‘classicity’ of the beauty of the rose is exactly what is satirized here...”

So, the poem could even be read as satire… Every analyst hears Frost saying different things… similarly, everyone sees different things in a photo… depending on context and personal situation. That is probably THE magic of art and artistic creations…


Diversity of the rose…

The images I discovered in the data-store prove that a rose can symbolize a wide variety of meaning. 

Let me list a few:

First it represents the actual flower…
Sometimes it is just a product you can harvest and sell…
Then it is applied as a beauty attribute… sometimes not even as real roses, just their appearance as tattoo… or their shape as food is formed to theirs…
Then it becomes a symbol of beauty, or (absent) love… or femininity… or a political symbol like peace or freedom…
Then some see the opposite because of their thorny stems and see symbols like caution emerge …
To finish, others see beauty in their decay… 


Now my selection of images… and consider how strong the symbol of the rose actually is…


The rose as it beautiful self…


'bella ragazza' by Gilbert Claes



'My prize' by Margareth Perfoncio



'With a bouquet of garden roses' by Tatyana Skorokhod



'Still life with roses' by Alina Lankina



'Bow of wild roses' by Els Keurlinckx


The product Rose


'Rose Harvest Season' by Haitham AL Farsi


The food Rose


'Zucchini and prosciutto roses' by Diana Popescu


The decorative Rose


'The red rose' by Peppe Tambè



'Rose' by Michal Ciucias



'Vogue' by Josefina Melo



n/t by kenp



'Tiger Leg Monkey Tree Frog' by Linda D Lester



'Rose Garden' by 7 Flavor C/P


The Thorny Rose


'A Rose Among The Thorns' by Nur Ernehir



'Red Rose 3' by Sebastian Kisworo



'when everything must come to an end' by djeff act



'As time goes by...' by Heike Willers



'her last dance' by thierry ysebaert


The metaphorical Rose


'Shyness' by Alin Petrus



'Ageless Beauty' by nima.zadshir



'Victoria & Yasmin' by Alexandr Sutula
"It is a portrait of two girls of different ethnic groups who are friendly and not distracted by prejudice, but participate in the creation of a beautiful"


The Poetic Rose


'POETRY' by Adela Lia Rusu



'rose' by Matgorzata Kossakowska



'Garden beauties' by Ben Goossens


And many, many more Roses


'Lonely Day' by see plus



'The cause' by Golubeva Nataly



'Broken' by Toni Minchev
"My heart goes out to all victims of mass shootings and their families"



'Limbo' by Sukaria Nitihandawa



'Cage' by Kiyo Murakami



'North Las Vegas' by Kurt Klein



'Bad times for poets' by Marcos Gali


Outer beauty comes in all shapes and sizes…
Don't judge a book by its cover.

Did you enjoy this ‘rosy’ excursion? Remarks, improvements, or anything? Just let me know in the comments below…




wonderful images and article, many thanks Wicher and Yvette, and congratulations to all the featured photographers!!
Bellissimo articolo, complimenti a Yvette ed agli autori.
This article was truly enriching, not only for what was said but also for the stunning photographs presented, where a symbiosis was created between them. Thank you Wicher and Yvette for providing us with this wealth.
Thank you for your appreciation, Miguel! All honour goes to Wicher and the authors ;-)
😃 thx
Wonderful collection. Congratulations to the authors
Spectacular collection.
poetic article and very beautiful rose pictures
Excellent images and great articles!Thanks and congrats!
Mei Xu PRO
Great collections! Love all of these beautiful and creative images.
Love is in the eyes of the beholder. Thanks for a great article and selection of thought provoking photos!
Amy Du PRO
Great article! Love those photos!
😃 yes there are truly amazing artists on this!
In the early 1900s, botanists reclassified the Spirea, Plum, and Apple families as subfamilies within the Rose, An Apple is a Rose, or not? This is a question. :-) I am honored to have my “ Apple & Roses” still life photo selected. Thank you both very much Wicher and Yvette for creating such a romantic poetic article with great plant knowledge. Congratulations to all amazing photographers!
All honour goes to editor Wicher and to the authors ... Thank you so much for your fine feedback, dear Catherine.
Fantastic, great article, thank you very much im honored. Congratulations to all!!!
great article and excellent selection... congrats.
Wicher you have created an excellent article dedicated to this beautiful flower. I have some in my garden, after reading this i will watch them with different eyes. Congratulations for excellent photos selection. Also many thanks to Yvette for superb editing and great appreciation to all autors of these lovely images for excellent work.
Thank you, dear Miro !
Thank you, Yvette and Wicher, for a very poetic and amazing collection about roses. I enjoy it.
Thanks for your appreciation, Hui !
Great article, great selection, it’s a very nice calming break in my busy day! Props to Wicher and Yvette.
Thanks Gerda ;-)
Read this article with great interest. The description of the important significance of the rose in its history is remarkable and the poem together with the beautiful images emphasize once again the beauty of it all... Congratulations to Wicher Bos and Yvette for drafting and compiling this valuable document. Also congratulations to all the authors of those wonderful photos... Best regards.
Thank you, dear Gil !!! Great job from Wicher (always) and congratulations to the authors, to you ... Best wishes, btw. Cheers, Yvette
great article and excellent selection... congrats.
muhteşem bir makale ve harika bir seçki... kutluyorum. :)
Thanks so much for the great article! I am very glad that among the magnificent photographs devoted to the topic of the article, my work is also shown.