Street Photography in Montevideo, Uruguay

A few days in Montevideo, Uruguay allowed me to meet some new and interesting people and take some interesting photos.  My home base was in the Centro neighbourhood which is great for street photography, but it’s also within walking distance to many other great areas too, including, Ciudad Vieja and Pocitos.  Although it can feel boring or slow at times, and lacks the energy of it’s neighbour Buenos Aires across the river, Montevideo is a beautiful city that has the […]

A Few Days of Street Photography in Bogota on Foot

Bogota is a great city in Colombia, and is a perfect city for someone wanting to familiarize themselves with Colombia.  In Bogota you will meet nice and interesting people, wander through the streets safely, and experience different vibrant neighbourhoods each with their own eclectic charm. With four days to spend in Bogota, I used a hostel just on the edge of Zona Rosa as my home base.  La Candelaria is also a popular spot for hotels and hostels, and is […]

Gladiators Square Off In the Ruins of Trier’s Old Roman Amphitheater

Founded by celts, and conquered by Romans, Trier is the oldest city in Germany.  The town itself is nice, but the old ancient roman amphitheater ruins are nothing to write home about even though it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The amphitheater was built around 200AD, and played host to many gladiator combats.  If you are lucky, you might just catch some gladiators squaring off almost, but not quite, like they did in centuries past.

Berlin’s TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and Soviet Era Communist Construction

The contrast between buildings in the Soviet Era East Berlin is remarkable. Similar to other large, bland, and intimidating concrete structures erected by the Soviets in Eastern Europe, the former East Berlin has plenty of them. In typical communist fashion, one concrete structure looks strikingly similar (but not better) to the next. They are all concrete with lots of windows. Boring… dull… intimidating. The erection of Berlin’s TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) in the late 60’s was to show East Berlin’s […]

Fog & Rain at Arnarstapi Iceland

When weather and visibility conditions are poor, your trekking plans for the day become a little trickier as does your photography. Conditions were poor. It was raining. It was foggy. It was windy. I still saw beauty, and I wanted to capture it. After about 20 attempts, I was able to take a picture of this scene that I really liked. Demonstrating the variation of colour in the water, I’m happy with the gloomy look in the photograph as it […]

Salinas de Maras – A community co-op that pre-dates the Incas

The Salinas de Maras outside of Cusco, Peru.  These salt ponds pre-date inca times, and are harvested by families living in the community.  The co-op system in place also originates from the same era; in this system each family in the community has the right to control and harvest one of the salt ponds.  This is one of the few places in the world where pink salt can be found.  The red colour visible on the side of the mountain […]

A newspaper man in Havana

I wasn’t far from my hotel when I noticed this newspaper man talking to a woman. The woman looked to be of roughly the same age, and luckily she spoke excellent English and gave me some great ideas for buying WiFi cards on the street which are my cheapest bet.  I then turned my attention to the newspaper man who offered to sell me a newspaper for “uno” (1). I said sure. The newspaper looked interesting so I bought a couple […]