Last week we headed to the Andalusian capital of Sevilla, chasing summer sun in early February to shoot part one of Vulpine’s spring/summer 2017 collection. Although we did receive a smattering of rain on our first day in the city, for the rest of our short time there we were blessed with blue skies and warm rays. Ahead of the launch, we wanted to share with you our favourite spots and discoveries in beautiful Sevilla – and keep an eye out for some sneak peaks of the collection too!
There were seven of us there. We get together a tight group of people who get on really well, and we shoot them enjoying themselves. They key is to find interesting locations, backgrounds, and the ‘right’ weather! Hence Seville in February. We haven’t found a sunny location in February in the UK yet!!
We don’t pull models out of an agency. They’re always friends and always real life cyclists. They have to get on famously, as good vibes are essential to the shots we at Vulpine crave. The shoots are also really hard work, so laughs are essential!
Eloise – That’s me! I do the creative for Vulpine, such as graphic design and these images and this blog. I also organise the shoots and now even model in them! I’m from Sheffield, and live in South West London, near to the countryside, my great love. I’ve been riding bikes with my Dad since I was small, and this is kind of my dream job (Nick made me say that).
Jon – Jon is a longtime friend of Vulpine and model on most of our shoots. He rides everything from competitive track racing, BMXing with his kids, to bakfiets with the shopping. An ex bike shop owning Atlantan American, he moved with his family to Amsterdam a few years ago, setting up a cycling marketing company TwoTone. He is ultra cool, in a really lovable not-trying way.
Laura – This is Laura’s first full shoot and she’s a close friend of mine. Also from Yorkshire, we met doing dance together at uni. She lives in West London now, and is a chilled out city cyclist. It was really cool to have her along!
Tom – Interior designer and polymath Tom lives in East London. Nick met him through Oliver Spencer, who he also models for. He’s incredibly funny and sweet & rides a vintage Colnago.
We have a simple crew, helped by only shooting in natural light, as we don’t like faking. They’re all cyclists, so it drives them crazy that we’re too busy to ride too!
Alex – Pro photographer Alexander Rhind, Nick and I share a very similar aesthetic and vision, which is vital for the right results. He’s also a lovely bloke, another non-negotiable for shoots. Nick and I agree that this shoot has been our best ever, and we hope you agree!
Nick – Our founder & MD, Nick is a from a creative/film background, and acts as a shot-spotter, creative director, car driver and meal fixer. He’s there to make sure we capture the right atmosphere and therefore shots. Photography is a huge obsession for him, especially as his mum was a pro photographer. These days he’s crazy busy, so this was his last shoot for a while, as he was downloading how he does things to me. Eek, its my shoot next time!
Seb – Like everyone else, Seb is a cycling nut. He organises huge road rides in the mountains with his friends each year (25 people this time!!) He is there to help Alex concentrate on shooting, as we are often short of time, organising the data, lenses, and anything else that needs doing. Like most photographer’s assistants, he’s learning from Alex with a view to becoming a recognised pro in his own right.
Cycling in the City
Set in the heart of the south-western corner of Spain, Sevilla is a charming city blessed with a warm climate, stunning architecture and delicious food. It’s not a large city, and very easily navigable on a bike. Get lost in the narrow, labyrinthine cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz district where few cars bother to venture, and pedal leisurely through the leafy Parque Maria Luisa, the city’s largest green space which also houses many historic buildings including the impressive Plaza de Espana.
Sevilla also has 75 miles of segregated bike lanes, a municipal bike hire scheme, and plenty of bike hire shops and cycling tours (we made use of Oh My Bikes, who kindly allowed us to keep our bikes in the shop overnight). By all accounts, cycling is growing in this city, and while it doesn’t have the infrastructure of cycling capitals like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, things have certainly been heading in the right direction to make the city a cycling friendly place.
Our Top 3 Spots
We stayed in the Santa Cruz district, the city’s historic centre. Here you’ll find a maze of charming streets to explore, beautiful churches on every corner, cosy tapas bars lining the streets, flamenco shows, and the impressive gothic cathedral with it’s Moorish bell tower. Oh yes – and there really are orange trees everywhere!
To the south of Santa Cruz is the aforementioned Parque Maria Luisa – relax here in the fountain and flower filled gardens on a sunny day, or explore the Plaza de Espana, Museo Arqueologico or Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares for a dose of culture and architecture.
North of Santa Cruz and just into La Macarena district, is the Plaza de la Encarnacion, and here you’ll find the Metrapol Parasol. Designed by Jurgen Mayer, it’s reportedly the largest wooden structure in the world. From the ground, it’s an undeniably dramatic sight. Go up to the viewing platform, and it’s even more stunning: a walkway flows across the timber lattice, crossing over itself and revealing a dynamic perspective over the city which constantly changes as you walk round.
Food & Drink
Sharing food is a wonderfully sociable way to spend time with friends, both new and old. For every meal we sat down to a delicious stream of plates of food, with seven hands passing around each dish. No matter where we went we ended up with a tasty meal, but a couple of places really stood out.
La Azotea is a trendy tapas bar – we stopped in here on our first night but couldn’t get a table (seven is quite an unwieldy number to try and fit into a tiny tapas bar!). Luck was on our side the second night though, and we had an amazing meal. Grilled blood sausage with quails eggs, fresh tomatoes and avocados with a miso dressing, and cod confit with seasonal mushrooms stood out, but everything we ate was delicious.
El Mercado Lonja de Barranco is a covered market on the river with a variety of different stalls inside – pick and choose from tasty empanadas, creamy burrata, croquettes, fresh seafood, the finest jamon iberico and my favourite – galician grilled octopus with garlic. It’s a great place to go to try several different things – and wash it all down with a glass of local fino sherry. Afterwards, wander along the river, or check out the Plaza de Toros and the Museo de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria.
For something a little different, try Peko Peko Tapas – sit out as we did in the pretty, narrow street and enjoy their Peruvian – Spanish fusion dishes – think fresh cerviche, Peruvian chicken skewers, noodles, and octupus salad. Afterwards, cross the street and pick up a sweet treat of creamy meringues for dessert from Pastelleria los Angelitos.
Finally, for an authentic local hangout and traditional tapas bar experience head for Pepe Hillo in the Arenal area (as recommended by our host). Get cosy around a table and enjoy a copa and some tapas surrounded by bullfighting memorabilia and majestic bulls heads mounted on the walls.
We’re looking forward to sharing more images of our trip to Sevilla over the coming weeks – as well as show you all of the new collection! Keep your eyes peeled…