WhiteLife Photography , a photographic exhibition to enjoy the flora and fauna of Minorca
“July, August and port Mahón, the best harbours are in the Mediterranean"
This well known phrase made by the Genovese Admiral Andrea Doria shows clearly the importance of Mahon harbour, especially in an age when navigation of the seven seas was by sail and the journeys made by these ships required ports of call able to harbour the major fleets of the times. The harbour’s dimensions, its depth and protection from the dominant winds in the Western Mediterranean, made it one of the best ports in this area. It it's not surprising, then, that fortifications were raised on either side of the harbour mouth, being the Spanish fortress of la Mola, on the northern shore, the most impressive, it was built due to the reactivation of the international tensions in the Western Mediterranean, when Algeria was occupied by France.
The times of the Fortress protecting Menorca against the war and commercial interests of other countries have gone. But not for that reason La Mola has lost its defensive character.
Currently one of the activities of La Mola is to defend the nature, culture and scientific interests of our society. Menorca is very sensitive to the need to make people respect and care of the environment. This is why some of the activities offered by the Fortress are focused on the defense of these interests.
La Mola offers guided tours to show you the flora and fauna of the place. Also, this summer we bring you the opportunity to visit the exhibition “WhiteLife Photography” which is located in the spectacular gunpowder storage building known as “Queen’s gunpowder storage”.
WhiteLife Photography is a photographic project of conservation and awareness of the biodiversity that surrounds us, the project aims reconnect people with wildlife, discovering the creatures that are closest to them.
The photos that use white background techniques have an unmistakable appearance: the background completely white to avoid any distraction and the subjects without shadows to highlight them and discover their translucent parts. This technique allows us to discover details of the animals and plants that until then were hidden from our eyes, thus renewing interest in the subjects photographed.
At first glance one can think that the images have been made in a photography studio, but one of the main characteristics is that photography must be done "in situ", in the field, in the garden, wherever the subject is found, thus ensuring that animals are not stressed or plants are not broken.
The exhibition is supported by the international project MeetYourNeighbours which is promoted by Neil Benvie and Clay Bolt, two of the most important conservacionist photographers in the world, and it's made up of 24 large format printed photographs, most of them carried out at Mallorca and Minorca by four Spanish nature photographers, three of them live in Mallorca (Luis -Alberto Domínguez, Miquel Àngel Gual and Joan Marquès Faner) and the last one lives in the Spanish peninsula (Alfonso Lario).
You can find more information about this project at http://whitelifephotography.com/en/el-proyecto-wlp