title. Fuerteventura

name. Laura Fineron

right now. Second year studying Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh

Location: Fuerteventura

Month: April

 

On average it rains about 3-5 days a year on the island. Fuerteventura is basically a giant desert emerging from the sea, with some stunning landscapes and breathtaking views. The pictures show the island in its greenest period.

 

Apart from some gorgeous beaches and great surfing opportunities the island is cool for cycling (though super windy, hence the name). I recommend taking a tour into the heart of the island to one of the villages; the roads through the mountainous regions have the best photo opportunities. The cliffs of Ajuy and its volcanic black sand beach on the western shore of the island are also worth a visit. And of course the local honey rum and cactus jam are a must. 

Can you describe the moment you wanted to capture?

Springtime on the canary islands.

Can you describe the moment(s) you captured the photo(s)?

Surprisingly non-windy.

Where were you when you realised you wanted to make this piece of art?

In the centre of the island.

Were you listening to music when you created this piece?

No, but while editing the pictures I listened to the new album by the Flaming Lips. Pretty funky.

What have you learnt since creating this piece?

Landscape photography is probably the easiest type of photography, if it's a picturesque landscape. It's really worth travelling to different destinations and having a camera on you.

Where do you dream of living?

I would love to live in Madrid for a couple of months, over the summer. It's got the best art galleries and is full of young people living through night. Politically it struck me as liberal and at the fore-front of change, such as welcoming refugees or lgtb+ rights, thanks to the diversity of its inhabitants. And Australia, either Sydney or Melbourne. Both are full super fashionable and the food, with all the Asian influence, is really good. And who would say no to perpetual sun? Edinburgh hasn't been too easy on us, haha.

What does green remind you of?

The Scottish highlands, the meadows and vegetables, without sounding too clichéd. I've been a vegetarian for 3+ months now. Quite honestly, I don't know what my main motivation behind it was, perhaps even just the experience of giving something up. It's really helped me appreciate discipline and taught me that celery is actually pretty cool.