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The Artwork

Saint Agathas Tower, Mellieħa Malta. There is good reason Saint Agatha's Tower is also known as the Red Tower. In days gone by, manning this post would have surly been considered a station of hardship. The reasons being the lonely position in the far north of Malta where this tower is located. It would have taken some time to get help when needed from the number of marauding pirates and other brigands operating in the area. These days at least for me it is calm bliss. The history info for the Red Tower of Saint Agatha St. Agatha's Tower was built during the reign of Grand Master Jean Paul de Lascaris Castellar in 1647. It was constructed to guard and protect the straits between Malta and Gozo and was the knights’ primary stronghold in the north west of Malta. St Agatha is an Italian saint from Sicily. Along with Saint Paul, Saint Agatha is the other patron Saint of Malta. Agatha with some of her friends, escaped to Malta from Sicily due to the christians persecution in 249 A.D. For a shot time Agatha and friends stayed in some catacombs in Rabat Malta. Her time in Malta was spent teaching the Christian Faith. The Saint Agatha Catacombs and church are in Rabat Malta still to this day. The influence of Saint Agatha already strong in Malta may have been further strengthened by the many Italian knights inhabiting the Maltese islands. Martin Bonnici Photography, Malta, Maltese Islands, Mediterranean, Europe, Sun, Sunset, Medieval, Baroque, Castle, Fortress, Sunset, Landscape, Architecture, Fine Art, Saint Agathas Tower, Tower, Mellieħa Malta,

The Artist

I have been working as a professional international photographer/photojournalist since 1992. My work is my breath, my passion and my expression. My process and concepts lay in part in early western philosophical texts. These texts assist me to come up with final the interpretation for my images. Through my work as a working professional photographer, it has been an amazing journey for just over 25 years now. Not only in Australia but also world wide. These days I mostly reside in Europe, I enjoy my work exploring the fabric of life through contemporary and historical culture, landscapes interiors and street shooting and so much more..

Already a Knight of Saint Michael of the Wing and of the Royal House of Portugal, in 2017 I was made a Knight of the Imperial and Royal Russian Order of St. Stanislaus and a noble in the Imperial House of Romanov for photographic services to H.I.H the Grand Duchess of Russia. Also in 2017, I was awarded a medal of Honour from the Real Academis Sancti Ambrosii Martyris for my photographic work and services. In the same ceremony I was also awarded the prestigious Medalha Marechal Trompowsky from the Brazilian Goverment in conjunction with the Real Academis Sancti Ambrosii Martyris for photographic work and services to nobility and chivalric orders internationally.

My main inspirations for my work are: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle Marcus Aurelius, Dante Alighieri, Voltaire, Shakespeare, William Turner, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Klimt, Frederick McCubbin and Sir Arthur Streeton.


I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy seeking the images out and bringing them to you.

"The journey continues"

Martin
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