About Transient Eye

Street Graffiti, Porto, Portugal

Transient Eye is a two-personal (too personal) blog on photography, with occasional reviews and the odd segue in to commentaries on science, culture and society. We adopted this site to provide more space and freedom when constructing narratives than is possible on most social media or image sharing sites.

The blog name reflects the central contradiction in photography. A process in which only a single transient image is captured from a continuous1 stream of possibilities, and where the partial eye of the photographer dictates what elements are in the frame. In the internet age, everything is transient. We are lucky to be based in Barcelona, one of the most photographically accessible cities in the world, and a place which further embraces the nature of transience and change.

We are both immigrants to Spain, originally from Italy and the UK. This definitely colours our perspective in a world that is increasingly dominated by polarised and extreme modes of political and religious thought. Between us we have spent many years working in Asia, South America, the US and Europe and we have experience spanning archaeology, physics, astronomy, social simulation, high technology and venture capital. Photography provides a medium through which we can express our observations of the world around us and our experience of living and working in numerous countries and cultures.

We want to focus on images and ideas rather than equipment or branding. Some of the best photographs that we have taken were made with compact cameras and old film cameras rather than the latest or most expensive technology. When reviewing equipment or media we hope that we manage to do so both honestly and accurately. And unlike many sites we do not make money from sponsorship or from affiliate links that are connected to what is being discussed.

Lastly, this is a blog for our original content. We upload material because we hope that it might be of interest, because it helps us become better photographers and writers, and because we hope that it might help or inspire others to do far greater things than we have the ability or time to achieve ourselves.


The Authors


Marco Madella — Editor in Chief

Marco is an archaeologist by profession and an ICREA research professor. He gets to work in some really cool places like India, Pakistan, South America and Turkey. When not travelling he is based at the UPF in Barcelona.


The Photographer In Chief (Mark)

Mark Moore ARPS — Editor of the editor in Chief

Mark is a physicist by background, an entrepreneur and overall photographic geek. He was awarded an Associate distinction from the Royal Photographic Society in October 2019 for work on National Populism seen through the lens of the Catalan Independence Movement.


Photographic Software

As well as taking pictures, we also sometimes write software. Click here to download the Leica M10 Wireless Transfer application or Capture One Scripts.


1. Actually, it is currently unclear if time is continuous or discrete. Continuous time is easier mathematically, but discrete, quantised time would make Achilles happier. Though not for the turtle. Or was that a tortoise?

2. Excluding comments and wordpress.com theme material!


A note on copyright

All images and text2 on this site are Copyright (c) by Mark Moore and Marco Madella. We only publish our own original content here, and writing even a short article takes a surprising amount of effort. If you would like to use an image or other material from this site please feel free to contact us.