Comillas/Laguardia/Elciego, Spain

Comillas, Elciego and Laguardia, Spain. August 2014. 

One of the biggest adjustments in film photography is the delayed gratification part. Make the photograph and then you wait.

But I’m starting to discover that the waiting part is one of the best things about film photography.

I just received these scans back from the lab. As our summer vacation approaches the end it’s so nice to relive our first week of vacation of some little towns in northern Spain.

All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California.

Four things

I get asked with regular frequency what I look for as an early stage investor.

For me it’s four things.

  1. Are the founders extraordinary
  2. Do I love the product
  3. Is the vision compelling
  4. If I wasn’t a VC, would I want to work for the founders at the startup

That’s basically it.

These four things have served me well. The times I’ve made mistakes in this business is when I’ve wandered from it.

So my advice is always pretty much the same – ‘good portrait and documentary photography has very little to do with equipment and technique. Spend a year learning how to use your camera and then devote the rest of your life to learning about people’.

Picos de Europa National Park, Spain

We are currently in Adare, Ireland but I just received my medium format film scans from our travels to Spain.

These photographs were taken in Picos de Europa National Park which is about 30km inland from the northern coast of Spain. I’m so grateful that we had an opportunity to explore and witness that part of the country. It’s a beautiful place and couldn’t recommend it more.

All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California.

Ring of Beara, Ireland. August 2014

Yesterday afternoon we drove around the Ring of Beara. It took us about 3.5hrs but we could have easily spent all day exploring the ring. Every turn reveals something new and different. These photographs fail to capture what we saw today — it’s absolutely stunning. I’m hoping the photographs I made with the Hasselblad will do this place justice.

This afternoon we will depart Kenmare. I wish we could stay longer but with a week left we have two more places to visit before heading home to the States.

Farran, Ireland

Farran, Ireland. August 2014.

Lauren still has cousins living in Farran, a small village about 20km from Cork. A lot has changed since our last visit to see them. The town has more shops, new restaurants and many new homes have been built.

But you can feel the economic downturn which hit this country substantially. It is on everyone’s mind everywhere. We hear the value of land in their village has gone down over 5x from the peak a few years back.

And yet some things haven’t changed around here at their home. Taking care of their cows every day, brown bread every morning, tea every afternoon, music, dancing, and laughter around the kitchen table. And of course, the swearing. Oh man the swearing. “for fucks sake” has become as common as breathing :)

Today we are leaving Cork and heading to further west to Kenmare, which is a small town in the south of country Kerry.