Michael Cassar has lived within sight and sound of the Grand Harbour for as long as he cares to remember. A life long career in teaching and administration did little to dampen his enthusiasm for anything that happened around the Grand Harbour and he has not yet tired of its siren like call to take photographs or merely spend time gazing at the breathtaking vista from the Upper Barracca Gardens.
He knows all its moods from the orange coloured sunsets of late summer to the angry gregales. He has shared space with other photographers or stood alone in the rain capturing the last photographs of a ship on her way to the breakers. Having kept a diary since childhood, writing came naturally to him and is the author, or co-author, in some instances, of several books on subjects that take his fancy, often of little interest for the majority of people, mindful of the sad fact that change is happening so quickly that much of the recent present disappears unrecorded and we know more about the knights of St John than say, the changing face of the Grand Harbour.
His most recent book is about HMS Hibernia whose figurehead is at the Maritime Museum. For Michael Cassar the main subject is always an excuse to write about his island country and its people as seen by others and by themselves – when they find time to take a step back and see where they came from, what their forbears did, what they were like, why they were responsible for what we are today.