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St Helena through a lens: by Phil Douglis

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Phil Douglis, photographer

Travel photographer Phil Douglis passed through St Helena on a cruise ship stop-over in 2002, and did the things tourists usually do. His visit was brief, but the pictures he took stand out from the general run of island views.

Nineteen of Phil’s St Helena images can be seen on his online archive, here – including the picture above, of the royal staff that is kept at Plantation House when not being used for ceremonial events.

You’ll also find some striking Napoleonic images, a couple from High Knoll Fort, and a pleasing picture from the St Helena Golf Club.

Phil’s travels have taken him to many countries on most continents, including Antarctica, often travelling by ship. The 4,000 images in his travel galleries are characterised by vivid colours: it’s an intoxicating visual journey.

‘I try to express how I feel about what I see with my images,’ he writes, ‘rather than just recording what I’ve seen or where I’ve been.’

He teaches photography through The Douglis Visual Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona, offering one-on-one tutorials. For those who can’t get to America, he’s published a cyberbook, called Expressive Travel Photography: Communicating with Pictures. It’s here.

If you know of a set of good photographs of South Atlantic islands, it would be great to link to them. Please send a comment to this site with details, via the link at the foot of this post.

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