Vintage storefronts, Valletta, Malta

Vintage Storefronts, Valletta, Malta – Universal Store © Helen Jones-Florio

A few of my all-time favourites, from almost four years of shooting doors and storefronts in Malta. As of June 2019, they are all still standing… so far.

Vintage Storefronts, Valletta, Malta – Paul’s Store © Helen Jones-Florio

#DisappearingMalta

vestiges of a small Mediterranean Island

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

#DisappearingMalta – literally: ‘Canberra’ Vintage Storefront- is no longer there. Valletta © Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingMalta – literally: ‘Canberra’ Vintage Storefront- is no longer there. Valletta © Helen Jones-Florio
Disappearing Malta Series - 'Meme' vintage shop front, Valletta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
‘Meme’ vintage shop front, Valletta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Mellow Yellow – Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta ©Jason Florio


O.K. … ‘Binett’s Library’ is not exactly in Valletta… but, look at what a beauty it is!

This thing I have for doors never seems to abate, wherever I find myself. For daily photo updates, follow me on Instagram @doors_facades_florio.

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Doors and Facades

Derelict facade of an old house of character, Triq San Pawl, Bormla, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Derelict facade of an old house of character, Triq San Pawl, Bormla, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

I’ll be updating, on a regular basis, my ‘Disappearing Malta‘ series on the ‘Doors and Facades’ page.

First post on the new page:

On one of my many island rambles, the other day, to find more doors and facades to photograph, I jumped onto one of the small local boats that ferry people from the Grand HarborValletta, on the short ride over to the Three Cities.

Walking around the narrow back streets of Bormla (also known as Cospicua), whilst photographing an old door, of the many derelict houses in the area, I was approached by two very young girls – around 6 and 9 years old, respectively. ‘You like this door?’ the older of the two said. ‘Come, I will show you more…’

this is where my grandfather lived when he was a boy’, my unintended chaperone told me… read/ see more on Doors and Facades

ld red door, Bormla, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old red door, Bormla, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

I hope you that you will stop by

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Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason 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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Tuesday photos: ‘The Poetess’ at Valletta Film Festival 2018

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Poetess: ‘Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil. Her word is her weapon. We’ll never see her face. Like the majority of Saudi women, Hissa is covered from head to toe. She is not allowed to drive a car. She doesn’t own a passport and requires consent from her husband for any sort of activity...’ Read more/see screening times at Valletta Film Festival.

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

’That idea, regarding Bedouin women, who were free! ’ Hissa Hilal

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

‘In our grandmothers’ times, there were tribes where women didn’t wear burqa!
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