In his most recent project, Member Owen Richards has fixed his lens on the arresting physical landscape of Lanzarote.
We've recently updated Member Owen Richards' Porfolio with a number of new projects, including a fascinating look at the sun-drenched geological and human landscape of popular holiday destination Lanzarote. The idea for the series of photographs came about when Owen was looking for a winter break, and began to do a little digging into the history of the well-known location. “I remembered from photographs that I had visited Lanzarote on a family holiday when I was a 10 month old baby but knew nothing about the island,” explains Owen. “I had always written off Lanzarote as a package holiday destination along with the likes of Tenerife and Benidorm, but more I researched Lanzarote, the more it intrigued me both through its history and landscapes.”
The resulting images get behind the stereotype of all-inclusive breaks to uncover intriguing details about the island, including its famous black sand. The project focusses heavily on the power of its volcanic properties — when the largest volcano last erupted in 1730, a whole quarter of the Lanzarote was covered in lava.
Owen has also brought his camera into the striking home of visionary artist and architect César Manrique, a Lanzarote native who was instrumental in creating the island’s overall architectural identity and style, with man-made structures integrated into the natural surroundings. “What I discovered was a combination of the elements of total art through the manmade infrastructure and objects existing harmoniously within the unique landscape of Lanzarote,” says Owen. “Everything feels considered, whether it’s deliberate, or by chance.”
More of Owen's work, including commissions for Rapha, The Guardian and Google, can be seen in his Portfolio.