WordPress puts up a photo challenge each week and this week’s is Perspective. Taking photos, for me, is about memories when I travel. It’s my perspective on what I see and do. I like to have photos of the grand scheme of things, a street, a building, a view. But I also then like to move in closer and pick up some details…a plant or flower, a window, a carving, a shop window or something in it. When walking through the streets of a city, I’m looking in all directions, including up where you will pick out details on buildings, signs, all kinds of things like this, spotted in Manchester, UK.
You know people live in these tall, seemingly anonymous towers but if you look closely, there’s evidence that they’re actually homes to real people.
One tall building looks very much like another. Does it contain offices? Hotel rooms? Flats/apartments/condos?
Look closer, and thanks to a good zoom lens…
Yep, someone lives here. Real people. Real homes.
Ana, The Habitual Runaway, posted a link on Facebook to a blog article on five films that make you want to travel. Of course that caught my eye, since you all know I like to post “Traveling through the movies” type things. These are all new indie films that the writer saw in a couple of film festivals in Berlin and Glasgow. The blog is a collaboration of a group of young women that call themselves the Travelettes with a great tag line, “Backpacking in heels”.
It seems their main objective is on backpacking adventures but they have loads of other posts about their travels and they encourage contributions from the outside world as well. I’ve already found their huge list of posts on London and more than a dozen on Paris, particularly timely as we’re heading there soon. I think I shall be spending a lot of time over the weekend having a good look through their site and maybe making notes for future trips!
St. Augustine’s Chair, Canterbury Cathedral
The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page. – Saint Augustine
A few weeks ago, I posted a few cartoons that my fella does for me as my annual birthday card. Often they are based on where we’d traveled in the previous year. This year’s card was based on our trip to New York City last May. One of the things he really was looking forward to was going up to the top of the Empire State Building, and mentioned several times King Kong. Now, See, I would have been more romantic, with thoughts of Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember.
I expected the cartoon to have some sort of NYC theme but I didn’t expect this:
You can also see that I have a camera in my hand, which is pretty typical of me. No matter what’s going on, I’ll be likely to take a photo before running off to safety! He joked “Oh, let’s go to New York, she said. It’ll be nice this time of year, she said. The view from the top of the Empire State Building would be great, she said”
He wanted to make sure the cartoon looked authentic so looked around the net for photos of the building in the 1930s when the original King Kong movie was made and wanted the Chrysler building in it as well so you knew for sure it was NYC. Utterly brilliant!
Where’s My Backpack’s theme this week is Ancient and WordPress’s challenge theme is Abandoned. What better way to combine them into one post than to feature some photos from Rome!
Yes, it’s the Colosseum but it’s a different view than you usually see. This is the “hypogeum”, the tunnels and rooms that were below the floor of the stadium where they would keep the props, the animals, and the gladiators (and probably the slaves they set up against the lions!). There’s a photo from above and a photo from the ground level in the hypogeum. You can book a tour in the Colosseum now that will take you down there though it’s not open to the general public to just wander about. There are loose stones and areas where it isn’t safe to go.
Colosseum hypogeum from above
The Colosseum hypogeum from ground level
A corner of the Roman Forum
Rome’s own pyramid
Framing a photograph is fairly important. It’s something that can give depth and perspective to a subject and makes it more interesting. No, you don’t frame every photo you take, but it’s something to keep your eye on. Traditional landscape framing tends to be capturing leaves and branches of trees to fill in over the top or sides of a photo, leading your eye into the rest of the picture.
National Assembly, Paris
Loch Caron, West Highlands, Scotland
Zebra enclosure, London Zoo
Other ideas include shooting through a window or door or other architectural feature, gap, or structure.
Rieveaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
Through an arch in Rome.
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
But you can be creative too. Here the lights are framing the performer. And in the next photo, the staircase does the job nicely.
Zak Wylde, Black Label Society
Fortnum and Mason, London
Sue’s Word a Week challenge is here for more great entries.