1. The Way of St James

A Photographic Journey along the Camino Frances

Signpost to Santiago

The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain has its origins back in the middle ages - indeed in some ways it goes back even earlier, tracing its roots to the tradition that St James went there himself. The pilgrimage has had a remarkable revival in the past few decades, and the number of people to receive the certificate of completion of the pilgrimage (the 'compostela') in 2004 will be in the order of two hundred thousand.

It is against this background that I decided, in 2004, to do the pilgrimage myself. I have set up this simple website to share some of my pictures and thoughts with the many people I met and with anyone else who is interested in the Camino. I have divided the route up into sections. The length of each section is governed largely by the pictures, and so they cover varying lengths of walk.

The pictures themsleves were all taken on an Olympus XA on Fuji Sensia 100 film. I got through 8 rolls in total and have kept slightly more than half of the resulting slides. To get them on to the web pages I scanned them using a Minolta ScanDual III and edited them using Paint Shop Pro 8. Obviously the images on the web pages have been dramatically reduced in resolution - the original scans are around 10 megapixels. If you are interested in higher resolution versions of any of the images contact me at the address below.

My philiosphy of website design is one of (I hope) elegant simplicity. To find your way around the website simply use the menu on the right. In additon you can move to the next page in sequence by clicking the yelow arrow at the bottom right of each page.

A note for people I met on the Camino. Some of you appear in the pictures. I hope you do not mind. I have deliberately avoided puting nmes in the text even though that makes it less 'personal'. If you would like me to include your name please contact me at the address below.