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Updates from fine art photographer, Serge Chriqui.

through the arch

a view through the main arch of the rock formation named ‘the arches’ at timna park in southern israel.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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the old port city

after a failed attempt at visiting the carmel market in tel aviv (it was a holiday in israel and the traffic was off the charts insane), we opted to get another day in jaffa instead. as the late afternoon and early evening were coming on, it was becoming evident that the light was looking lovely. i had scoped out a few vantage points from which to get a skyline shot from and finally decided that taking it from the seawall across from the old city would be best. it would require some climbing and a little access to unauthorized areas, but this was indeed the best vantage point! besides, young men were fishing there virtually all day and i accessed the same places they did to reach my spot.

here then, you have the old port city of jaffa’s cityscape in all it’s splendour while being bathed in setting sunlight from a mostly cloudless sky behind me in the open mediterranean sea.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: cityscapes

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back in canada…

greetings! it’s been a while since i posted any new photographs… those of you who have been following along will recall that my family and i have moved back to canada and have settled in st. catharines, ontario.

we’re really enjoying life in this smaller community. toronto has gotten a tad too crazy for me (read unaffordable) and i can certainly live without all the traffic of the big city! 😉

trinidad and tobago was a fantastic experience that i will cherish for a long time to come… it certainly yielded some great photo opportunities, that have already been posted.

what will follow over the next number of days will be the last of my collection from t&t. those will eventually be followed by photos of southern california including coastal scenes from the pacific coast highway, as well as images from los angeles and san francisco…

thanks for your continued support – just a reminder that open edition images are available directly from fineartamerica.com while my larger limited edition photographs are still available from me, directly through this website.

stay tuned, as the first of the new postings will be up a little later today.

cheers! i hope you all had a great summer,

serge

 

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newfoundland photographs for sale on fineartamerica.com

my collection of newfoundland open edition photographs at the following links on fineartamerica.com:

newfoundland photographs for sale

newfoundland art for sale

iceberg art for sale

fargo truck art for sale

woody point art for sale

arches provincial park art for sale

boats art for sale

fishing boats art for sale

roads art for sale

roadscapes art for sale

signal hill art for sale

cape spear art for sale

cabot tower art for sale

Photography Prints

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open edition prints now available on fineartamerica.com

greetings! i am excited to announce that i’m offering my open edition prints on fineartamerica.com. after some research, i feel they are the best option for me in providing print-on-demand (pod) services for my clients. they offer a good mix of printing options including: traditional photographic prints on photo paper, canvas prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, framed prints and greeting cards. (i will not offer throw pillows and duvet covers).

this is new for me, as i have always relied on my website and social media for getting the prints to the buying public. however, a troubling trend has emerged… i am not seeing engagement from you, the viewer, the way it was even just a couple of years ago. let’s face it, since the economic downturn of late 2008, it’s been a mess! nothing has recovered – not even close to it! as a matter of fact, things have progressively become worse over the last 6 or 7 years. furthermore, we are being bombarded with all sorts of information nowadays on our various devices and i’m afraid that our attention spans have become diminished. facebook, twitter and the various photo sites i frequent are just not doing it anymore… it is time to focus my energy on markets where at the very least there is an interest in photographic art – that’s where fineartamerica.com comes in… 😉

so, as the talking heads do their thing, telling us that everything is getting better and better… i would be remiss if i did not at the very least have a presence on an art site that is seemingly attracting a solid customer base. alas, it is a truism that travel and photographic equipment do not come cheap!

my limited edition prints, will still be available from me directly as they must be signed, titled, numbered and issued with a certificate of authenticity. that is just not possible with pod services. please refer to my ‘purchase info‘ page for my print offerings.

twitter and facebook followers, you will see a barrage of post from me in the coming days (my apologies!) as i populate my gallery at fineartamerica.com. hopefully you will discover something new or indeed reacquaint yourselves with some of your favourites during this somewhat tedious process… 😉

thank you and the very best to you all,

Serge

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newfoundland – day 12

day 12 – july 12:

awoke bloody early! looked out the window – blue hour was here already… i was out just before 5am and i made my way back to route 80 northbound for shag rock at whiteway once again.

disappointment. it was raining and as the light filtered through the clouds and fog, it was apparent that not much had changed since last night. 🙁 i pressed on in the hopes that the fog would eventually give way…

the fog was taking its sweet time lifting, so i ventured out to some of the surrounding communities.

back in whiteway…

it was fully six hours before i made it back to the motel. i had just enough time for a quick shower before checking out. st. john’s, here i come…

i first hit the airport to file my paperwork with the car rental agency then stopped at the tourist bureau. the agent was kind enough to direct me to quidi vidi, formerly a historic fishing village within the city of st. john’s. today, it is a quaint and charming village with restaurants, residences and is home to the quidi vidi brewing company.

continuing my drive around the village, i ended up entering the cuckold cove trail off of cuckholds cove road east to experience something rather special and unique, as it turns out… as i was gathering my gear for the hike, a gentleman (with his young son) asked me if i was going to go see the bald eagles. i had no knowledge of them, so he directed me to where i would be able to view them… i hiked up the well-maintained trail and took in some gorgeous sights along the way until i got to a good vantage point to witness the eagles.

all told, i was on the trail for about 5 hours, roasting in the sun. the scenery, the spectacle of the bald eagles and the warm sun all made for a peaceful afternoon. i still had the rest of the evening to go, so i headed towards downtown to visit…

i wasn’t going to book a room for the night, opting instead to stay at the airport to await my early morning flight… ciao newfoundland! see you again soon, i hope… 😉

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newfoundland – day 11

day 11 – july 11:

bright and early indeed, i left corner brook thoroughly impressed with this little jewel of an urban oasis in that sea of rugged and scenic landscapes. not wanting to have another long drive, i thought i would stay the night somewhere near the midpoint to st. john’s, say the city of gander.

well, it was a thought anyway… about an hour or so before reaching gander i decided to pull off at a visitor centre i had visited the week before. the gentleman there had been quite knowledgeable and had pointed out a few things for me to look out for. if he was there, i would tell him about the great time i had had and that all his suggestions were spot on!

peter b. was there and recognized me straight away… he asked about my trip and i told him about my adventures. i had left one of my business cards with him the week prior and he proceeded to tell me how impressed he was with my work. i thanked him for taking the time to look at my website. he then made a suggestion to me about another place to visit on my way to the east coast: shag rock just outside the town of whitbourne about an hour or so outside of  st. john’s… he showed me a picture from a website and i was immediately taken – i had to photograph it!

well, so much for taking it easy! i blew past gander, gambo, glovertown, terra nova national park and clarenville, all along the tch before arriving at whitbourne.

the weather had started to turn and i was getting anxious that i would not be able to see and photograph shag rock properly because of the weather. i found a room, unloaded my bags and started on the half-hour or so trip to shag rock north along route 80. hindsight being 20/20, i would have been much better off finding accommodations in whiteway, but it’s no use crying over spilled milk. 😉

it was fogging over…

i would have another attempt in the morning before continuing on to st. john’s…

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newfoundland – day 10

day 10 – july 10:

i got to the parking lot to get on with my day and my heart sank when i saw the car… what?!? another flat tire? haven’t i seen this before? i put the doughnut on again – this time it was a nail in the tire. proceeded to the gm dealership again – this time in corner brook, of course. a phone call to the rental company to report the incident and a couple of hours later i was on my way again.

i had wanted to do the north shore drive this morning but after checking with the visitor centre on the conditions of the roads, i became gun-shy – they were apparently in rough shape and i certainly did not want to tempt fate again… the sky was blue with scarcely any clouds and it had gotten too late for ‘good light’ – that cemented it – no north shore drive.

in spite of the harsh light, i visited the corner brook gorge – a relatively easy hike from crockers road to a lookout, then to a bridge and back.

before breaking for the afternoon, i headed to marble mountain – a local ski resort just 7 kilometres east of corner brook in steady brook – to do some scouting for photo ops. as i was looking around i saw a sign pointing to steady brook falls. i followed the signs to a dirt road and parked the car when i saw a set of wooden stairs with the same sign pointing in the falls’ direction. i made my way up the stairs to a hiking trail that led to a viewing platform. it was an impressive sight, indeed, but the light was not cooperating… i decided i would come back in the late afternoon and hopefully get some decent shots then.

i had also been made aware of another attraction with potential scenic appeal: captain james cook national historic site. i would do the falls in the late afternoon, grab some dinner and head over to the historic site after that…

as luck would have it, even in the late afternoon, the sun was still blazing directly on the falls. so i did some hiking in the general area until the light got better.

  • after getting some take out for dinner, i headed to captain james cook national historic site and worked my way around the pathways until i came upon a beautiful spot to catch the sun going down and to enjoy my meal.

    with the end of this day, i realized that my photo tour of newfoundland was coming to an end. tomorrow, i would leave bright and early and drive towards st. john’s – probably stop about halfway there, get a room and continue on the day following so as not to have another marathon driving session…

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newfoundland – day 9

day 9 – july 9:

we got on the road at about 6am and proceeded on our scheduled itinerary. at some point before reaching main brook, i did have a moose cross the road in front of me. unfortunately, it sprinted off into the woods – i never did get a single opportunity to photograph one in its environment 🙁

it was a similar day to yesterday – foggy and overcast, but it made for peaceful and calm scenery as we arrived into main brook, a small fishing and lumbering community on the southwest shore of hare bay:

roddickton:

englee:

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bide arm:

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everything happens for a reason, as the saying goes… were it not for a malfunctioning internet connection, i would not have met robin and i certainly would have missed these towns that exemplify living in newfoundland’s hinterland. robin, it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for the great tour – we shall meet up again one day! (for now it will have to be through facebook… ;-))

i left bide arm at around noon, after robin and i had some homemade ice cream at the local hardware store, randell james & sons. this store is the ‘goto’ place for virtually all necessities in bide arm: hardware, building materials, tools, garden supply, groceries, sears catalogue etc… gotta love small-town life! 😉

robin had suggested that i stop in at port au choix when i reached the west coast. i got as far as the parks canada visitor reception centre, had a quick bite and watched as the fog, clouds and rain rolled in. i did not get a chance to visit the pointe riche lighthouse either 🙁

back on the road, the 430 southbound to corner brook, it was still largely overcast until i got to deer lake. by the time i reached corner brook in the mid afternoon, it was a splendid, hot summer’s day again. the locals complained about the 30+ degree heat that they are largely unaccustomed to… i stopped in at the visitor centre to get my bearings then proceeded to the memorial university (corner brook) campus to check in at the residences.

i took it easy and rested up after the long drive from st. anthony. i headed out again in the early evening for the gorgeous south shore drive, heading west to the coast from corner brook.

 

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newfoundland – day 8

day 8 – july 8:

took it easy this morning on account of not only the grey skies, but also to get the car over to the dealership to deal with the wheel. as a matter of fact, took it easy today, in general…

back on the road, i hit the st. anthony harbour – everything was rather calm and quiet.

i ventured into the surrounding communities: st. anthony bight, saint carols and great brehat (pronounced bra). it was indeed a cloudy and foggy day, but there were still some icebergs about in the coves and inlets:

sometime in the early evening robin and i finalized our plans for leaving st. anthony. we’d hit the road at around 5:30am and make our way through a few small communities on the eastern side of the great northern peninsula along routes 432 and 433: main brook, roddickton, bide arm and englee. I would then retrace my steps back to the 432 and head back to the west coast and continue south towards corner brook…

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