Stormy Mediterranean Sea – Malta

Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Jason Florio
Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Jason Florio

 

Stormy Mediterranean Seas hit Malta

Images © Jason Florio / ©Helen Jones-Florio
Photographer, Jason Florio, photographs Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Press: ‘How I’m seeing Malta disappear through its doors’ – Times of Malta

Old store front, Balluta Bay © Helen Jones-Florio
Old store front, Balluta Bay © Helen Jones-Florio

 

To find my bearings, I walked… and I walked. It’s the only way that I know to get a real sense of any place I’ve ever landed in. So, leaving the vast concrete and glass apartment complex, perched on a peninsula, I turned down one narrow side-street after another – off the main drag of Sliema – and the true architectural beauty of Malta began to reveal itself… Helen Jones-Florio / Times of Malta

 

Old doorway, Msida, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old doorway, Msida, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Having lived long-term in two major capitals, London and New York, where ‘rejuvenation’, ‘gentrification’, ‘generi-fication’ – however you want to tag it – has left its mark, which sadly, all too often means taking something away…

 

Men sitting outside of an old store front, bus station, Valletta (no longer there), Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old store front, bus station, Valletta (no longer there), Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Derelict house of character, and part of Maltese balcony, Sliema, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Derelict house of character, Sliema, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Each and every door or facade has a story – and, someone, somewhere on the island can tell it. And, I want to see what’s behind the doors – hence, I’m often peeking through letterboxes and broken windows! Read full feature in Times of Malta

Related posts ‘Disappearing Malta‘  & ‘Behind Closed Doors’

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Ports of Hope, Malta – candlelit vigil

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Helen Jones-Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Helen Jones-Florio

Candlelit Vigil, Malta – Ports of Hope

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio

 

Ports of Hope – a candlelit vigil was held in Valletta, Malta, to honor the lives of those lost at sea, trying to reach a better life, and the need for solidarity –  5th July 2018.

 

Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio
Ports of Hope, a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost at sea and the need for solidarity, Valletta, Malta, 5th July 2018 ©Jason Florio

 

We feel the need to provide a space and opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in their desperate effort to cross the Mediterranean Sea, hoping to seek asylum, to reach security and a better tomorrow. The horrific loss of life in the Mediterranean continues – somebody’s child, parent, brother, sister, friend, spouse… Ports of Hope.

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Postcards: Beached tanker, Qawra Point, Malta

 

Walking Malta - Beached tanker, Qawra Point, San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Walking Malta – Beached tanker, Qawra Point, San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

“I started the engine and began preparing to navigate the vessel inland, but all of a sudden – within minutes – we hit the rocks,” Capt. Abedin said. Times of Malta 12th Feb 2018