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Phil Crean

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  1. Photographers in the crowd....I was the official photographer at this event, The Good Friday Passion play in Adeje, something I've been commissioned to do for the last 3 years along with other Easter celebrations in the municipality. Unfortunately all cancelled this year. Big loss of income for me this month...ūüėí


    Pink ticker tape explodes over the crowd at the annual Walk for Life in Adeje/Arona, fundraising for breast cancer charities.


    Crowd at a CND rally in London in the 1980's, scan from 35mm slide.




  2. 4 hours ago, John Mitchell said:


    I hadn't thought about doing this. Terrific idea, though. I enjoyed your pics. It looks as if you're coping well with the situation.

    Thanks John. It was one of my first thoughts as we are going through a remarkable time and I think it should be recorded.

    I don't believe my photos are anything earth shattering but they are a document of how one photographer is responding.

    There are a number of ways people all over the world are reacting and creating a record on many levels and this is what will

    be there to be remembered, so each day I try to make a few photos that are relevant. Not as easy as it sounds but I hope I'm

    doing something that will be a document of my reality as I go through this.

    We are coping well, better than I expected. It's not easy having your liberty restricted, only allowed out of your home for very

    precise reasons due to no fault of your own. We are lucky living where we do, with access to a terrace and balcony, good climate,

    and with enough resources to get by and feed ourselves despite the major part of my work vanishing overnight and with no support

    from the government.


  3. I'm making photos every day to record the lockdown here in Tenerife.

    Most of these are not on Alamy as I don't see them as stock, more a document of a time, and my response.

    Is anyone else doing anything along these lines?


    My photos are on a gallery in my website here



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  4. Hi,


    So I've edited the first 12 days of Lockdown here in Tenerife and made a gallery on my website.


    Lockdown here is very specific and restrictive so we can only leave the apartment to go to the Supermarket, Pharmacy, Doctors, Bins, or walk the dog(We don't have a dog!).

    Anyone found out without good reason gets heavily fined, and one guy has gone to jail for repeat offending...


    Anyway here's the gallery: https://www.philcrean.com/lockdown_days


    I will probably now add new pics on a daily basis.



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  5. Just now, geogphotos said:



    I am not saying that it is essential.


    I am asking why it matters if drive two miles to the coast, or 30 lies to a remote rural church.


    And why I should risk being stopped by the police.


    And if I stay at home how it saves a life.

    Do you know 100% for sure that you are not carrying the virus?

    If not then act as if you were a carrier and don't want to spread it...




  6. 29 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    In fact our regulations are exactly the same. But we don't have the military on patrol. A different approach. And no identity cards.

    No they're not exactly the same...

    We cannot go out except for essential reasons as I said... ie: no going out for exercise..no driving to a destination cause we're bored... no going out in pairs or family groups...


  7. Just now, geogphotos said:



    I read today that a woman was fined for sitting next to her husband in a car on his essential journey.

    Yes that could be... if two in a car then 1 in front 1 in back behind passenger seat to maintain max separation...

    Sounds daft for partners who are otherwise getting as close as they want in the home, but that's the law outside and no exceptions...



  8. At least here in Tenerife, Spain, we know exactly what is meant...

    Essential travel is;

    Going to the supermarket, pharmacy, medical centre, to work ,where it is permitted, to home, to assist vulnerable people.


    Fines are being handed out and one guy from Santa Cruz just got a 6 month jail sentence for repeat offending.


    I've been stopped twice whilst taking out the bins, and going to the supermarket, both essential journeys! 


    We all here wish that the UK government were as clear.





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  9. 1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

    Before the Deluge, Jackson Browne. The lyrics are amazing so here is the whole song. Even better, find the song and listen to it!


    Some of them were dreamers
    And some of them were fools
    Who were making plans and thinking of the future
    With the energy of the innocent
    They were gathering the tools
    They would need to make their journey back to nature
    While the sand slipped through the opening
    And their hands reached for the golden ring
    With their hearts they turned to each other's heart for refuge
    In the troubled years that came before the deluge

    Some of them knew pleasure
    And some of them knew pain
    And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
    And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
    They went flying around in the rain
    And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
    And in the end they traded their tired wings
    For the resignation that living brings
    And exchanged love's bright and fragile glow
    For the glitter and the rouge
    And in the moment they were swept before the deluge

    Now let the music keep our spirits high
    And let the buildings keep our children dry
    Let creation reveal its secrets by and by
    By and by...
    When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

    Some of them were angry
    At the way the earth was abused
    By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
    And they struggled to protect her from them
    Only to be confused
    By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
    And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
    In the naked dawn only a few survived
    And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
    Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge

    Now let the music keep our spirits high
    And let the buildings keep our children dry
    Let creation reveal its secrets by and by
    By and by...
    When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky



    Here's my favorite version...



  10. Eight days into lockdown.

    Only allowed out for essential reasons, so been to the supermarket 3 times, alone as only 1 person allowed per car unless doing essential work then 2 and they must both be wearing masks, which you can't get as there are no supplies in chemists, and 1 driving, passenger in back seat.  

    We take it in turns to go to the bins daily. 

    The apartment is getting a really deep clean...


    In an effort to try and generate a bit more income as all my commissioned work has come to an abrupt halt I've been on my website and set up a gallery of Tenerife Landscape prints which can be ordered for delivery by mail, fulfilled by a UK based printer. As the week goes on I'll be going through my archives to add more; here if anyone wants to take a look... https://www.philcrean.com/tenerife_landscape_prints


    I'm making photos of us going about our daily activities and views from the windows and terrace to make a record of these unusual times, not sure yet what I'll do with them, not for stock, but I may try and make a book at the end of this time.


    I'm also playing with using luminosity masks and the history brush to work on landscape photos, a la Alister Benn, see him on youtube at expressive photography, interesting techniques...


    Might set up some still life if the inspiration strikes!


    Just heard now that Sanchez has asked the parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days, which will take it through to 12th April...

    Looks like I'll be adding an indoor keep fit regime to the list!


    Stay safe all...




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