Reflection on Malta

Although my tan has faded my memories never will. This was a summer of a life time with many amazing opportunities. Spending 11 weeks in sunny Malta was a dream, I love the sun and the people I met out there. The whole island was an inspiration it self starting from sandy and rocky beaches I would relax on everyday after work to quirky streets of Valletta with magnificent architecture. Even in the streets of Mosta where I lived I would find inspiration or something creative everyday.  The 3 highlights I want to talk about are the beaches, the architecture and of course my internship.

As a person who loves to travel I always try to pick destinations with high temperatures. I love the sun and beaches so Malta was a perfect destination for me. The island of Malta has it all, from rocky Saint Peter’s pool where I jumped out the cliffs to warm and soft sand on Golden Bay.

To see my inspirations from the beaches, click here

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Maltese architecture has been influenced by many different Mediterranean cultures and also by British culture. Even on the plane I have notices that all the buildings are build from the same creamy-brownie stone. Most of the buildings, specially the churches and cathedrals were build around the same time – the 17th century. I really like the all the special care for the details and carvings which are usually inspired by trees, animals and spirals. There is 365 churches in Malta which is quite shocking if you realise how small the island actually is. Even on my way to work everyday I was passing at least 10 churches. Some of them are quite small but still very important for the culture and locals.

To read more about my thoughts on Malta and the architecture, click here

I went to Malta with the intention to explore the industry and learn dress making during my 10 week internship with Alamango. Sadly, Alamango Bridal did not meet my expectations. Before my arrival I was sent an itinerary of all the amazing tasts I would be doing with them and I was very exited for all the things I would learn. After a couple of weeks I was told that I won’t be doing any of the tasks on the list because they simply don’t do that, for example I was supposed to do pattern cutting and dress making but Alamango doesn’t even design and make their own dresses they only make alterations so already make dresses. I was really nice to meet with the clients, the brides and their families but I feel like I could of spend those 10 weeks learning so much.

 

To read more about my time in Alamango Bridal, click here

After all those 11 weeks were amazing even if my internship didn’t really work out. I still think it’s the whole experience that counts and I do want to do it again but many in a different country where it’s more structured. As I mentioned before this was a summer of a life time and I hope I will visit Malta again. Those are my favourite places and snaps of my self.

To read more about how I edit my photos, click here

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Editing photographs

So I don’t think it’s hard to notice that I love social media. I am not as good at it as I would want to be but I am trying my best and just putting my self out there. Of course I will have tons of photos from Malta for both my personal account and work account on Instagram so I just wanted to quickly show you how I edit my photos.

On my work account I simply edit the photo so the colours are brighter and the contrast is greater to really show of the colours. This photo is showing a beautiful crystal clean blue water on the Comino Island. Honestly it is like a paradise. I decided to use this photograph as an example because it is the last one I added, during one hour I got 10 likes, hopefully I will get a bit more. Check out more about my hoop photos here!

For my personal account I usually do the same, I just make the colours more vibrant but for this one I had to do a bit more. When I visited Mdina – the Silent City of Malta I took a lot of photos but I specially liked this because of the texture and colour of the wall and how it works with the colour of my dress. Sadly, the Silent City wasn’t so silent and was filled with tourists so it was hard to take a good photo.

I wanted to remove the people in the background which I have never done before so I decided to go on Youtube. There was a lot of different videos was ways to do this but this one worked the best for me.

Click here to see How to remove unwanted people from your pictures

 

Colourful Malta

Malta is a very beautiful country full of amazing and vibrant colours which is really inspiring. For me colours are very important in my work so I wanted to capture them as the are in real life. I am using Pantone colour post cards to capture the exact colours of my surroundings.

Each beach or bay is very unique and has it’s own colours. Here are photographs of Bugibba and Mellieha bay which aren’t that far from each other but already have different colour tones of the water and specially the sand.

I also wanted to try a new different approach when I don’t hold the cards but just put them in sand. I am not sure if I like the example on the left with the feet but it might as well be because the sand isn’t the best colour. I love the photograph on the right with the light catching the tints and tones of the golden sand.

I have created my own hashtag on Instagram called #remazingpantone if you would like to see my other photographs with the Pantone cards.

Malta through hoops

My trip to Malta so far has been amazing. It is not over yet but I thought I would share my favourite places which immediately became perfect scenery for my hoop photography.

I have mostly photographed beaches and bays as I love the water and I feel like every bay in Malta is very unique. I also wanted to try out a different approach so I have also tried out photographing closeups of colourful boats and seaweeds directly on to sand. I think both look really good and I am happy to be adding to my collection. If you would like to see some more hoop photos click here!

Malta!

Malta is just 121 square miles big. There is 365 churches in Malta. Malta will also be my home for the next 11 weeks! This summer I am doing an internships in Alamango Bridal & Textiles shop specialising in stitch and dress making. I have been here for some time now and I am amazed by this beautiful island all the time.

I have had rough couple of first days and trouble with settling in but after a week I am finally starting to fall in love with this small but magnificent country.

I live in Mosta which is filled with life and coffee shop, in a middle of town square there is a stunning big church, Rotunda of Mosta. I love how symmetrical the ceiling is and how it creates geometric patterns within.

I am adding to my hoop photographs everyday I even created a hashtag on Instagram. Check out the Remazinghoops Hashtag

I have also picked up a new hobby, I am taking photos with Pantone colour cards. This was the first time I have done this and didn’t realise how hard it is to match the colours exactly and how much planning and thinking goes in to the photo. The lighting is the key thing as the sun and shadows change the colour of the buildings or things I am photographing but also the colours of the colour cards.

Every door in Malta is different in colour and curvings. Also the door are very unique and quirky. This is the only successful colour card photo from that day which I really like and am happy with.

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Overall my first trip to Mosta centre was very successful and cultural and got me wanting more!