I am fascinated by the bright colors and the unique sleek design of Maltese boats - in particular the traditional fishing Luzzu, found mostly in Marsaxlokk. Sometimes I am sorry I am not inclined to use these bold colors - but then I have always thought of color in my work as a secondary consideration - and something to be dealt with lightly and cautiously. But I still love the loud statement these boats make and photographing them is a joy. Here's a small selection of colorful craft shot at Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala and Mellieha.
The eye of Osiris (a portent of good luck) is omnipresent on Maltese fishing boats - we may be a religious lot but superstition lies just beneath the surface...
Sometimes the eyes get a more garish treatment, possibly bloodshot from the sea spray.
Occasionally they also get the Disney treatment!
No fooling around - classic colors on this one.
Less colors on a luzzu from Mellieha.
A more humble craft which has seen better days.
Raw, simple colors.
A few minor repairs required...
Don't like abstract art? You might want to think again after looking at the above photo.
You lookin' at me?