As both a historical gateway to Europe and a point of departure to the African continent, Andalucia in the far south of Spain has a way of enticing travellers, adventurers and the occasional band of Visigoths or Moors. It has been that way for thousands of years, luring marauding hordes long ago and sun-seekers today. Count photographer and B&R Guide James Boyd among those who have been romanced by Andalucian culture, captivated by its history and charmed by its people.
A true adventurer, James has travelled throughout the world. While his career began by guiding, instructing and accompanying novice climbers in Morocco, its photography that keeps him exploring today. James has visited Argentina, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Thailand. As he reveals in this collection of images, there are countless ways to occupy your imagination and many more to indulge your senses and satisfy your appetite.
Many parts of the world tend to have an iconic label attached to them. Often, this is partly due to a very popular element of the country’s culture. When one thinks of Spain, and in this case Andalucía, its most iconic elements are Flamenco and bullfighting. Yet for me, Andalucía is so much more. I honour the legacy created and left by the Spanish Moors: 800 years of Hispano-Arabic culture that today provides us with a fascinating backdrop—one that ties an incredibly abrupt and beautiful landscape with a deeply rich culture. This combination of history and geography still inspires those who come to visit this land, strangely pivoted between Europe and Africa.
I think of Andalucia as an exotic European outlier, so close and yet so far from B&R’s European base. It’s my home and my teacher. It’s the reason why I love Morocco, and Morocco the reason why I love Andalucía. Consult Ernest Hemingway, Richard Ford, Gerald Brenan, John Burger or my late father, the writer Alistair Boyd, and let them inspire you to come and visit this land full of magic—my home.
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