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Malta Series #4: Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a little village far away from the busy cities of the Republic of Malta. It can offer you some great picturesque photo opportunities and abundant seafood dinners; even though it’s not the most important touristic site in the country, I assure you that this is one of the best places to visit for a photographer.

Marsaxlokk is an amazing fishing village in the southeastern part of Malta, whose name comes from “marsa”, which means “port”, and “xlokk”, which is the name for both southeast and the dry sirocco wind, that blows from the Sahara.

The bay is memorable for many reasons: the market (in which you can buy the famous Gozo laces), the long pedestrian promenade along the coast and the many colorful traditional fishing boats, called Luzzu. In these boats, fishermen used to paint Egyptian-style eyes, which are believed to protect the boats from any kind of danger: this fact tells how important fishing is to the country’s economy and culture. This bay gives visitors the opportunity to shoot some very curious pictures, because it’s full of Luzzus there, each painted with their typical colors: light blue, yellow, and red. Photos will be picturesque and unique.

Photo by yopanic

There are some cool restaurants along the coast of the bay, where you can enjoy some fabulous fresh seafood (in particular swordfish, tuna, and dolphin are caught in abundance in the period between spring and autumn).

Houses could be another cool subject for your pictures, because of the peculiar and vivid colors, and because of the architecture: they look like old-school Mexican houses, but made with Mediterranean stones. If you pay attention to home architecture, you will surely find some great and curious-looking doors, doorbells, windows, and balconies, which are really amazing on Color Negative film. If you’re planning to make colors pop out from your pictures; you’ll surely need a CN film roll, and I suggest that you use Lomography Color Negative 100, because Malta tends to be a high-light location, so 100ISO is enough.

Photo by yopanic

Outro/Footer: Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life “here”:http://alessandropanelli.tumblr.com or add him on Facebook or Google+.

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