Interview with photographer ‘Bas1953’

We are very happy that 'Bas1953' (his Flickr Photo stream) has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Legendary Travel Madeira (LTM) blog. Bas is a photographer from The Netherlands.

LTM: Bas, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of our blog. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

Bas: It started with Holiday pictures and after my heart attack I went on spending more time in taking pictures. After changing to digital it became more and more. Friends asked me a lot about the pictures I took and that’s why I started putting them on Flickr.

LTM: Do you work as a professional photographer or is photography mainly a hobby for you?

Bas: This is a hobby of mine

LTM: We see on your Flickr stream that you have a very big collection of Madeira images, captured by your photo camera. Can you describe Madeira in just only one word?

Bas: Incredible

LTM: How many times have you visited Madeira Island? And when was the first time?

Bas: I have been in Madeira 19 times. The first time was April 2007 (Easter)

LTM: The first time you visited Madeira, what was the reason for your visit?

Bas: Visiting friends

LTM: After discovering the island through your eyes and camera-lens, what would be your reason to visit it again?

Bas: To see the non tourist places and visiting our friends again

LTM: We say that Madeira Island is an excellent destination for photographers. Do you agree? If so, why?

Bas: YES ! because you will find the Culture and Nature all together on a small island.

LTM: When is the best season (for you) to travel to Madeira Island?

Bas: All year round

LTM: Tell us about your most favourite, and also the least favourite thing about Madeira.

Bas: My most favourite is the weather, as most of the time it is excellent for taking pictures. The least is all the construction that is going on at the moment.

LTM: What is the first thing you recommend people to do when they arrive in Madeira?

Bas: Get out of the hotel and start exploring Madeira!

LTM: Where do you recommend other photographers to go for on Madeira Island?

Bas: I recommend search for the festivals, get in touch with the people and admire the flowers.

LTM: What do you think of the locals/people from Madeira?

Bas: The people from Madeira are friendly and helpful.

LTM: Any other thing(s) about Madeira that travellers/photographers should know?

Bas: Yes, Madeira is a mountain area, so be prepared to climb.

Bas photos can be found at

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