Friday, 29 August 2014

Progression.


Not great photographs, but...









Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dalt Vila, Ibiza.

The view from a boat in the port somewhere.



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

*Flower Power*


*Flower Power*

Every Tuesday at Pacha is Flower Power night. Placa des Parc is decorated to promote the event. CND symbols, flowers and a life size Jimi Hendrix adorn the bars. The trees are wrapped in multi-coloured chiffon dressings. It creates a very nice atmosphere in the plaza even if it doesn’t inspire me to visit the club and fork out extortionate prices for a bottle of water.

At around midnight the beautiful young hippy promotion people gather to parade their way around town singing and dancing to Sister Sledge. Erm… yep – Sister Sledge! I will willingly admit to being quick to pounce on any credit card toting hippy if a bit of micky taking seems appropriate. On the other hand I do enjoy the fashion. It seems the new young hippies are referring to a retro period of fashion rather than a cultural and social movement born from the original beatniks.

Many of us grew up listening to pop music with a political message. It was healthy. Now, the politics in youth culture is hidden. It is hardly main stream. Perhaps I’m listening in the wrong places, and perhaps I really shouldn’t expect to find it on a party island like hedonistic Ibiza? The island mentality on top of holiday mode does leave you feeling a bit distanced from the reality of the rest of the World.

On top of that, Flower Power night is just a bit of fun. I shouldn’t feel my heart sink when I see a poster advertising Paris Hilton playing at Amnesia either. Nor, that poster of the twat with the name that reminds me of Robbie’s dog out of Eastenders – that annoys me every time I see one. But, along with ‘up your crack’ shortest short denims and the San Antonio scene, it all makes Ibiza seem a bit naff. I was expecting more chic, but the place is actually a bit of a style vacuum. That may well come down to this years fashion for what appears to be cheap and tacky cool. Not the fault of Ibiza, but the fault of homogenised nations and a powerful US cultural influence on the hoards of tourists who takeover for summer.

Anyway, I shall return in winter. It was nicer then. And, I very much look forwards to next summers tasteful, romantic fashion of long flowing hippy skirts with sparkly bits. I especially like the sparkly bits. Time to bin the short shorts and put your arse cheeks away. We’ve all seen enough.

I can’t say all that about Ibiza without mentioning that there is some fabulous style here. I’ve previously written about Cotton Beach Club (not a single minute I was there did it feel like work), and Hotel Es Vive. There are others. And, there is some very stunning ‘modelling’ of beach wear going on at Figurettes ;)






Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Two weeks remaining in Ibiza.

Before Two weeks in Barcelona and Sitges. Work required (here and there).

Tlf: 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com


Sunday, 22 June 2014

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure.

The book (part 1) is comming soon in electronic format. Very soon hopefully.

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure by The Lost Photographer is an entertaining travelogue and comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to pay their way around Europe. Part 1 covers just Spain and will only be available in electronic formats. Anyone buying Part 1 will be issued with a password to access an accompanying website with ongoing, continuously updated information. The full version of the book will cover the majority of Europe and will also be available as a printed version (at a later date). The accompanying website for the full version of the book will also be supported by a members only website with discussion forums.

How to Fund Your Own Travel Adventure will hopefully stand up well enough simply as a travelogue. The book isn't just a guide for those wishing to give it a go themselves - it is a fun read regardless.

Whether you are, or would like to be a traveling artist, musician, street performer, massues, street pedlar, or offering any sort of service as an itinerant, or just looking for seasonal jobs enroute, you will find the book full of extremely useful information. The website with updated information will also be very valuable. The guide includes the following sections (many locally specific to each city):

Selling.
What sells.
Pricing.
How to sell and building your sales confidence.
Where to sell - the best pitches in each city, and how to spot a good pitch.

The Law.
Your rights.
Applicable European and local laws.
Where and how to get professional legal help if needed.
Obtaining permission (if needed and available).

Traveling.
Tips for budget travelers.
Bus and train routes.
How to travel for free.
Hiking route information.

Living.
Where to stay - cheap and free options.
Where to eat - cheap and free options.
Socialising with fellow traveling workers.

Emergency
Help! - I have fallen ill.
Help! - I have lost my passport, or been robbed.
Help! - I have had an accident.
Help! - I have run out of money.

Plus much more!

Ibiza was the last corner of Spain I had to research. How to Fund Your Own Travel adventure has been born out of more than Six years real experience - there is no theoretical rubbish. Hopefully, income from Part 1 will enable me to complete research for the remaining places in Europe I want to research to complete the full version. I have barely touched Italy, and never stepped foot in Portugal, or Greece. All Three countries are obviously going to be popular destinations, so it is essential I test these waters before publishing the complete version. Strange how Portugal is probably the easiest destination outside of Spain for me to reach from Granada, yet I have left it until last. I am really looking forwards to visiting and working in Porto and Lisbon - I have heard nothing but good stories about both cities.

Date of publish for Part 1 will be announced here within the comming weeks.

This blog has been a fantastic adventure that is almost over (unless it has only just begun). The World is a very big place even if it seems too small at times!

Please continue to read and follow.

Thanks.







Saturday, 7 June 2014

Tunes in my head Nº60summat.


This came from a thread on the Urban75 web forums. A reminder for anyone wishing to read the 'warts and all' alternative Ibiza experience...

Alternative Ibiza?

I like toi keep my blog 'clean'. The link above isn't clean :D


Thursday, 5 June 2014

A painting.

Experimental with inspirational thanks to a thread on a web forum somewhere.

It is Ibiza colours!!!



OK. It is a wrong way round painting. Haven't a clue???

Is this right time to ask for work?

johncolley@hotmail.com
689 744929




Friday, 30 May 2014

Plaza de Parque.






I gave this away to a lovely person from Belfast last night. Cotton Beach Club opening party - I sketched and gave people sketches :) It was a very nice evening. Cotton Beach Club is something a little bit extra special.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

All OK again.

I am actually enjoying Ibiza despite the slight intervention.

Looking for a room with a view to a more permanent perspective.

Work wanted (as ever). 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com


Sunday, 11 May 2014

I am f***ing livid.

I am not going to let this go this time.

Spain. People of Spain; what the fuck is going on? Your banks get bailed out to the tune of €40 Billion whilst your La Liga is in debt to the banks to the tune of €20 Billion and we are told public services need to be cut. In the meantime, anyone trying to help themselves during the 'crisis' is hit with a €300 fine and has everything confiscated. Perhaps it is time you looked againd at your footballing heroes. They aren't quite the men you think they are.

Any advice on taking court action will be greatly appreciated. I am fucking well livid and ready to fight.



Occupation of a public space without permission.

€300 fine and everything confiscated for trying to do my job.

I was just sketching a scene for a client by their request. I had spoken with police previously. I went to the townhall did all the paper work. But, this morning I was charged, taken to the police station. Everything confiscated (I am down to the clothes I wear) and told to leave Ibiza, and that if I don't pay taxes in Spain I have no right to be here. All this despite the fact I have raised almost €200,000 for charities in Spain.

I am going straight back to work and to court. I will try contacting local papers tomorrow. Not sure how to go about this, but I am sick to death of being criminalised for being an artist. Fuck you Policia Local - I am up for a fight!


Monday, 28 April 2014

Returning Le Chic to Ibiza.

I was asked to sketch Hotel Es Vive
http://www.hotelesvive.com/

A very glamorous building and One of just Two hotels in Ibiza listed as heritage buildings. It has been restored with care to its original glory. Whilst sketching my imagination drifted to the days when the style players and shapers of their time might have pulled up here in Bugattis dressed to impress. It is a beautiful Art Nouveau building. Just by being here you can tell the present owners love the place and want visitors to love it equally. I wondered if this is where it all started? The start of Ibiza chic. The place certainly has panache today (why is it always French words?).


I was also asked to sketch for http://cottonbeachclub.com/

Due to open in the middle of May. It is possibly going to be the event of Ibiza this summer. A fabulous concept almost realised. Sitting in luxury on a beach of Ibiza drinking chilled champagne, or coctails whilst enjoying what has to be one of the most renowned sunset views in Europe. The restaurant will be a bit special also.

Thanks to both for the work, and thanks for returning some 'chic' to Ibiza.



Friday, 18 April 2014

Back to Ibiza (via Denia).

Work required please?

johncolley@hotmail.com
Tlf: 689 744 929

I am going to try a very different approach to Ibiza this time. Hopefully, it will mean I make enough money to finally have time to complete very long term writing projects.

Still want work though. Denia, or Ibiza.


Monday, 7 April 2014

Adios Granada.

Fuck it.

I can't afford another fine for being an artist. 'Occupation of a public space'. €150. I am public - it is our space. Frankly, if Granada doesn't appreciate the touristic value of an artist working on the streets (public space), then there are plenty of other cities that do.

I'm off on a bitter note.

As if a fine for sketching in a public space isn't bad enough, I now see I am publicly criminalised on a website. No big deal unless I am asking clients for deposits and retainers. A simple Google now tells all that I am not trustworthy, just because I sketch in public spaces.

Add to this the fact that I have never been issued with a written notice of a fine...


Fuck you Granada.

Adios!


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Drilling for oil off the coast of Ibiza?

What a crazy idea! Understandably the entire population of the island are protesting. I suspect this may be one of the very few protests in Spain to get a result. There are lots of wealthy, influential people with homes here.

Ibiza is keeping me busy. More work enquiries each day. This place will not let me go. I knew it was a trap. Not a bad trap for a street working artist to get stuck in.

Always looking for more work...

johncolley@hotmail.com
Tlf: 689 744929

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year.






It is still Christmas here. Things arrive late in Spain.

You see, this is how it happened here. The Three kings missed the birth because they were following the wrong star and ended up in the wrong town. Beds were a plenty, so they decided to stay a night. They had a smoke, a drink, slept, and when they woke had another smoke, and thought 'fuck it, we've missed the gig already - why not stay a little longer'. It was holiday weekend after all. Next weekend was going to be another holiday. They chilled and talked about mañana.

This is why Christmas happens in Spain Two weeks later than anywhere else in Europe. It is just a Spanish thing.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas.

My mate helping me demolish 24 cans of Dia lager and a bottle bubbly. It is a little bit wet here today. Wet and blustery.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Contact info'.

Tlf: 689 744 929
johncolley@hotmail.com


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Subtropical Ibiza in December...

I really wasn't expecting this. It is beautiful.