Arctic Landscape in Svalbard, Norway

Arctic Landscape in Svalbard, Norway
Panoramic Arctic Landscape in Svalbard, Norway

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thailand-Travel Announcement - November, 2013

Since I only have a few days time for travel this year I decided to increase my Thailand portfolio and escape for a few days "working holiday" to Krabi, ThailandThe trip will include a couple of days in Ao Nang Beach and island hopping close to Koh Lanta Island


Anyone who needs images of locations nearby please drop me a line: olaf@travelbild.com

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Winter in St. Moritz, Switzerland



Winter im Engadin, Switzerland - Images by Olaf Protze

For anyone who needs Winter images, I work again over the winter season until beginning April in St.Moritz, Switzerland and will be free to shoot any assignments in and around the Swiss Engadin region.

Please contact me olaf@travelbild.com for further details.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Featured Location: Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde

Mindelo, is a harbour city in the northern part of the island of São Vicente and the second largest city in Cape Verde. The city is with almost 80000 people home to 96% of the entire island's population, Mindelo Bay is part of a mighty underwater volcanic crater which is about 200m below sea level and is used for cruise ships and other commercial traffic.

For a few hundred years was the natural harbour a famous hideout for pirates which was stopped by the Portuguese by building a castle in the 18th century. The building was later used as a prison and offers great views across the harbour and the Bay of Mindelo.
The well preserved historical town centre has many old colonial buildings, including the governor’s palace and some memorials. Right at the waterfront near the fish market is the odd replica of the Lisbon 'Torre de Belem'. It has many small shops and it is recommend to visit the historical market hall 'Mercado Municipal' in the city centre, built in 1874, that has been renovated with Swedish help 10 years ago. There you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fish, meat and souvenirs. The market is not far away from the Centro National de Artesanato, where you can watch local crafts man at work and buy nice souvenirs. 

Mindelo became the cultural capital of the Portuguese-speaking country/state along with the Lusophone capital in 2003. Mindelo is also considered as the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is also known for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations. Carnival has its roots in Portuguese traditions and has also absorbed some Brazilian characteristics.


Friday, 9 July 2010

New Images of England


Image updates
I have continued uploading new images of South East England and the British Midlands to my England image gallery that is getting close to 1000 images now with plenty of more, particulary North England pictures to process within the next few weeks, before I continue processing my Italy images.

                                                                              


Friday, 18 December 2009

Swabian-Alemannic-Fastnacht

I recently created a new gallery of stock photos of the Swabian-Alemannic-Fastnacht (Carneval) in Lucerne. The image gallery includes portraits and close up's of traditional masks and costumes during the Fastnacht celebrations.
Fastnacht or also called Fasnacht, is a old tradition in Southern Germany and Switzerland when the reign of bad spirits of the cold and grim winter period is over and these spirits are symbolically being hunted down and expelled. By the end of winter, each year around January and February, people dress up as demons, witches, earthly spirits and dreadful animals to enact this scene of symbolic expulsion. What happens in fact is an expulsion of the winter season that symbolises death, silence and destruction.


Traditional Swiss Swabian-Alemannic Fasnacht Masks


Sunday, 13 December 2009

New Images of Montreux and Lausanne

I have just uploaded some new Spring images I made this year in Montreux and the Old Town and Parc Olympique in Lausanne at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Next in line will be more images of towns and sightseeing spots around Lake Lucerne.

More Images at: www.travelbild.com/