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Press Photographer La Rioja: The Wine Battle, Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Press Photographer La Rioja: The Wine Battle, Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Like last year, I started this press photography in La Rioja assignment by wondering whether it was a waste of wine but once again I found it hard not to be swept up by the spirit of the annual St Peter’s Day wine battle in Haro, La Rioja.

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Commercial photography in La Rioja: Garcia Hermanos Furniture, Ezcaray, La Rioja.

Commercial photography in La Rioja: Garcia Hermanos Furniture, Ezcaray, La Rioja.

Ezcaray is a popular holiday destination attracting people thanks to its beautiful mountainous location, excellent restaurants and hotels and, at least as we head into winter, ski resort. It’s particularly well-known among people from the Basque Country and Madrid.

But it’s also internationally famous in one particular, and rather niche, commercial sector: the manufacture of quality wooden furniture and theatre / cinema seats.

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La Rioja Editorial Photography - Pilgrims Walking the Camino de Santiago, La Rioja and Burgos, Spain

La Rioja Editorial Photography - Pilgrims Walking the Camino de Santiago, La Rioja and Burgos, Spain

You have to admire the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain! By the time they reach Nájera in La Rioja, they’ve already plodded 200km through the heat and are tired and suffering from blisters and still got more than 500km to go. Yet, despite the discomfort they’re an optimistic bunch and not prepared to let a bit of pain stop them.

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Editorial Photography Haro La Rioja Spain - The Wine Battle Haro La Rioja

Editorial Photography Haro La Rioja Spain - The Wine Battle Haro La Rioja

There’s a phrase in Spanish that I use when describing my style of portrait photography. I say I like photographing people “en su salsa”. It literally means “in their sauce” but figuratively implies that I snap away while they’re doing the things they love, be it cooking, skiing, bike riding or whatever.

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Editorial Photography, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain - Somos Capital - Restaurante Tondeluna

Editorial Photography, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain - Somos Capital - Restaurante Tondeluna

Arzak, Pedro Subijana, Andoni Luís Aduriz, are just three of the dozen or so highly-regarded chefs who’ve given talks in Francis Paniego’s new restaurant, Tondeluna, in Logroño, over the past few months. I’ve been to eight of the talks and have been trying to choose by 10 favourite photos. I’ve got it down to my favourite 16, so far.

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