A few years back, I had the good fortune of meeting Cindy Wilson of Cindy Wilson Photography. I was working on some artist blogs for the 2015 Wickford Art Festival and got a chance to meet Cindy and learn about her work. Her photography is stunning and personal and memorable. Cindy has captured nature, life in a small town, locals being locals – both here in Rhode Island and abroad via her Profundo Journeys. To date, Cindy has taken photographers on Profundo Journeys to Cuba, The Czech Republic, Ireland, Greece, and most recently The Archipelago of the Azores.
I met up with Cindy recently and we spoke at length about her recent trip to the Azores. Cindy and fellow expert photography Eileen McCarney Muldoon run these incredible journeys abroad and serve as the ultimate resource for taking quality and memorable photography. I asked Cindy how she came to select the Azores for this particular trip. “Actually it was a suggestion by another local photographer, the late William K. Daby, who was an incredible photographer for the Providence Journal.” Cindy went on to mention that Daby was a worldly photographer who had a lifetime of experience in travel photography. “Daby said to me ‘The Azores are a beautiful spot to travel to and photograph.’ So, we got the ball rolling on the trip.”
Local travel agency, Park Avenue Travel and Cruises, (www.parkavenuetravel.com) supplied the flight and hotel information for Cindy and the Profundo Journey to the Azores. Agent Mary Chase helped with customizing the trip to avoid large groups of excursions and focus more on the need for free time to photograph the beautiful towns and landscape of the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira. “We also spent some time in Lisbon,” mentioned Cindy when referring to how the trip was set up. “We thought since we were technically in Portugal, why not hop to the mainland and visit Lisbon.” “With the addition of a private guide by the name of Eduardo Miranda,” declared Cindy with a huge smile, “our Profundo Journey was set and the group was off to the Azores.”
Eduardo Miranda is a licensed guide and recently served as the Profundo Journey’s group driver and tour guide of the Azores. “Eduardo is bi-lingual (English and Portuguese) and has a great sense of humor. His knowledge and passion for the islands was a huge bonus for the group.” I asked Cindy why a guide such as Eduardo was a key element of the trip. “Sure, his native roots and passion for the island were just the beginning. Eduardo is also a photographer, who would take into effect weather as well as parking locations in our trip.” Cindy felt very fortunate to have Eduardo as the Profundo Journey’s guide. “Eduardo made the trip personal, which really warmed the hearts of not only me but the entire group.”
According to Cindy, “the weather was equally cooperative.” The weather was comfortable with moderate humidity. The heat wasn’t a major factor at all, with temperatures typical of a Rhode Island summer day. “The days were short,” mentioned Cindy, “Sunrise was 7:45 am and would set around 6:30.” The group would meet every morning in the hotel lobby for instructions by experts Cindy and Ellen, then be off for the better part of the day taking in the gorgeous landscapes, coastal villages, and local residents of the islands. With Eduardo as their tour guide and fellow photographer leading the way, Cindy and the Profundo Journey group were on their way to a memorable trip through the Azores. Again with a big smile, Cindy told me, “This was truly a very positive experience.”
This blog article is one in a series of blogs about the recent Profundo Journey to the Archipelago of the Azores. Cindy Wilson Photography is located at The Lafayette Mill, North Kingstown, RI and can be found online at www.cindywilsonphoto.com. Also, to learn more about Cindy’s next Profundo Journey to Vietnam in the spring of 2017, go to www.cindywilsonphoto.com.