We are very happy that Claudine Moitié, aka clok_moitie on Flickr has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Levadeiros of Madeira. Claudine Moitié is a photographer from France.
Madeiraful: Claudine, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of Levadeiros of Madeira. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?
Claudine: First of all, let me thank you, and I would want to thank the inhabitants of Madeira for their welcomed.
I’m a French journalist, words side, but working for 25 years with photojournalists. Two years ago I discovered the app Instagram, which was ‘born’ only a few months ago. I looked for visual information about the world. The interest was on a professional level. Then I discovered the warmer social network I ever knew, and a bunch of amazing creative photographers. I got hooked and discovered the pleasure(s) of photography, at first with my mobile then with a SLR too, thanks to another social network, Tumblr.
Madeiraful: Do you work as a professional photographer or is photography mainly a hobby for you?
Claudine: Photography is nothing but a hobby for me. However, the knowledge is very useful for my job.
Madeiraful: We see on your Flickr stream that you have an interesting collection of Madeira images, captured by your photo camera. Can you describe Madeira in just only one word?
Claudine: Spring (I’m not very original, saying that.)
Madeiraful: How many times have you visited Madeira Island? And when was the first time?
Claudine: My first and only stay was on March 2013.
Madeiraful: The first time you visited Madeira, what was the reason for your visit?
Claudine: To reborn and find fresh hope. Sorry, that may sound pompous but it is true!
Madeiraful: After discovering the island through your eyes and camera-lens, what would be a reason to visit it again?
Claudine: Well, being a street photographer, maybe I could be back to catch more life scenes and light plays.
Madeiraful: We say that Madeira Island is an excellent destination for photographers. Do you agree? If so, why?
Claudine: The splendid light of the 32th North parallel, of course.
Madeiraful: When is the best season (for you) to travel to Madeira Island?
Claudine: Coming from Paris, tired by a long winter, which seems never ending this year, I arrived in a full springtime — in the middle of March. The flowers and the sweetness of the air. Things being what they are, the rain spoiled my last days, however a drive of a few kilometers were enough for me to find the sun back again.
Madeiraful: Tell us about your most favourite, and also the least favourite thing about Madeira.
Claudine: Once again, I won’t be very original: the Levadas are awesome, plus the numerous trails of pedestrian hike all along the island. And the kindness of people in villages.
What I didn’t like are the parts of the island that was being devolved by the tourist industry, for example some places on the south coast were destroyed by horrible concrete hotels. That’s ugly!
Madeiraful: What is the first thing you recommend people to do when they arrive in Madeira?
Claudine: Catch your breath? Smile? Open your eyes and your ears? Be curious? I don’t know.
Madeiraful: Where do you recommend other photographers to go for on Madeira Island?
Claudine: I am not good in this advices game, being in Madeira as in Paris or in London. For me, catching images is a matter of pleasure. Each one can find his/her pleasure where and how he/she wants to. With the Madeiran light — when it is not raining —, one can have fun everywhere. A sunrise from the highest mountains in the center of the island, maybe?
Madeiraful: Can you compare your Madeira photo collection with the other photo collections on your Flickr stream?
Claudine: Of course not. Every journey is unique, every light on Earth is unique, every meeting is unique. It would be absurd.
Madeiraful: What do you think of the locals/people from Madeira?
Claudine: Fernanda! This woman will remain for me the symbol of people of Madeira that I will never forget. Welcoming, generous, lovely, full of humour. We managed to speak in a mixture of Spanish, with a little Portuguese and French. It was an unforgettable meeting with this woman (and her friends) who holds alone, ‘solita’ as she says, her own café in Seixal.
By the way, let me say thanks to her through your blog and that I will send her the portraits that I took of her — lack of time until now.
Madeiraful: Any other thing(s) about Madeira that travellers/photographers should know?
Claudine: Errr… Enjoy?!
More of Claudine’s photos can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/clok_moitie