My Seven Super Travel Photos
There’s another travel blogger meme-doo-hickey going round and I can’t resist. The folks over at HostelBookers started it and both Dave and Deb at Planet D , Aaron at Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures and Jeremy at Budget Travel Adventures tagged me. Here’s my favorite seven shots:
Takes My Breath Away
Yes, the camera is level. I took this shot at a rickety carnival in Pushkar, India during the annual Camel Fair. For fifty cents I got to watch these daredevils fly around the Wall of Death about twenty feet off the ground and at high speed. The Wall was built out of wood, angle-iron and hope, and shook like crazy when the bike came by. Standing on the top platform, you could hold out a ten rupee note and the rider would snatch it from your hand as he passed and stuff it in his mouth.
Makes Me Laugh or Smile
I was walking down a path in Rishikesh, India on my way to check out the ruins of the famous Beatles Ashram when I passed this guy. I doubled back to get a shot and –to my surprise– he posed perfectly. Look at that face — I wish I could feel as content as he looks.
Makes Me Dream
Oh, if only this could be my everyday office. It wasn’t terribly practical, I’ll admit, but what a view. No electricity but I had internet access via my cellphone for as long as the battery lasted and cool sand to sink my toes in. The glare on the screen was painful but the ocean breeze and fifty cent mango lassi more than made up for it. – Koh Chang, Thailand.
Makes Me Think
Traveling down the Om River in Laos, en route to Luang Prabang, we noticed a couple and a boy waving from the shore. The captain pulled over and kindly gave them a lift into town. The area we were in had no roads, electricity or modern conveniences of any kind, yet they were sharing a cramped boat with tourists tapping at cell phones, listening to iPods and taking digital photos with abandon. Everyone here made their living by growing crops on the steep mountainsides and pulling fish from the river — what did they think of all these pale outsiders?
They were as interested in the farang tourists as we were with them. After a lot of subtle glances and looks, things settled down (it was a 6 hour boat ride) and I was able to grab this shot. It took me 30 minutes to get the photo I wanted — since I have the attention span of a gnat, I’m rather proud of this one.
Makes My Mouth Water
Okay, I’m lying here — this does not make my mouth water. Crab is not one of my favorite foods. Sure, the claws are nice, but the rest of it makes me feel like I’m eating a twelve ounce cricket. So why did I choose this photo? I’m not a big foodie so I rarely break out the DSLR for food photos. And I really like this shot. — Chinatown, Bangkok Thailand.
Tells a Story
This photo doesn’t tell a story as much as it reminds me of an amazing night. I had just arrived in Mumbai as the Durga Puja celebrations were in full bloom. My new German friend, Michael, and I dove into the local neighborhood and had the most incredible time — we were fed huge amounts of food, had dozens of whiskey toasts and danced like madmen at several parties. We never saw another tourist. It was one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve had in over two years of travel.
Most Proud of (aka my National Geographic Shot)
Varanasi, India is one of my all-time favorite places for photography, especially at sunrise. It’s dirty and difficult to navigate but once you reach the Ganges, it’s just stunning. I think you could close your eyes, spin in a circle and snap a prize-winning photo at random. I’ve been twice and look forward to my next visit.