Wow, my first day shooting on Madeira and we spent the afternoon in the one location I wanted to visit most. My colleague and guide Duncan Graham spotted that the weather conditions were developing appropriately whilst we were still on the mountains at the other end of the island. Plans for the rest of the day went out of the window as we made the ridiculously tortuous journey to travel just a few miles as the crow flies. However it was worth losing other shooting opportunities in my opinion.
Fanal is a forest of ancient laurel trees clinging to the northern slopes of the central massif of the island. These trees have been broken and bowed by time and bad weather into grotesque shapes. Then, when the cloud blows in from the sea and surrounds the trees in thick fog, they become ethereal and magical graphical forms.