Asturias - Richard Hancock LRPS


‘Ser español es un orgullo’, the saying goes, ‘ser asturiano es un título.’ ‘If being Spanish is a matter of pride, to be Asturian is a mark of nobility'. Asturias, the sole patch of Spain never conquered by the Moors is, some claim, the real Spain: the rest is simply tierra de reconquista (reconquered land). This gorgeously green northern region has many similarities with Cantabria, its eastern neighbour. The jagged coast is wildly dramatic, strung with colourful fishing ports, such as Ribadesella and Cudillero, and more than 200 beaches. Inland, the mountains (including much of the Picos de Europa) soar high, the valleys run deep and the villages are delightfully rustic. For architecture lovers, Asturias is the land of the pre-Romanesque: modest but unique early medieval survivors. Asturias’ cultured capital, Oviedo, is historic and coolly contemporary, and it was at Covadonga that the Spanish nation first sprouted 1300 years ago. [Lonely Planet]


As my Mother's family originated in Austurias I have always a a great fondness for this region of Spain. Its lush green fertile hills and mountains are a stark contrast to the dry central plains around Madrid. In this series of photographs I have tried to capture the wealth of colour that is round every corner. I remember photographing the region many years ago using Kodachrome 64 which gave a richness to the images which is no longer avalible. Thanks to Gavin Gough, travel photographer, who has created an authentic Lightroom preset that gives all the depth of this wonderful old film. I have been able to create images reminiscent of those Kodachrome days