I am (long) of the opinion that humans bring any scenery alive (I’ve said something like that before, haha…), especially the ones on the land of Italy. My lenses have been following them even more so than when I’m else-where, maybe because they are so animated. :-) My eyes found a match in this little court yard of Aeolian Island of Lipari off of Sicily. Nonetheless, this “person” adds so much life to this corner. What do you think?
I confess, I haven’t been good on staying actively online. I’ve been traveling and creating at the same time though and I can’t wait to share all that I have experienced/created.
One of the trips took me to Italy. Yeah, that Italy, where everyone knows/dreams/talks about. Boy, was I not prepared for the artistic and spiritual impact from such a land that’s rich in its history, culture, architecture, culinary interests and human dynamics. Words are not enough to express all that I have taken in. Still having Italy in my dreams weeks after we came back explains it.
One of the things that I did notice (and am able to describe in words) is that they have the cutest babies/children and pet dogs. Upon arriving at the small island of Levanzo off of Sicily, I was taken by this father-daughter-dog trio. On this little island far from the rest of the world, I saw something that doesn’t change – the love of a baby girl to her daddy and that of a pet dog keeping a watchful eye on his/her human family. No words were spoken. And yet, none was needed.
P.S. Speaking of love, I have been working on a system that provides you, my loyal fans, an enhanced experience with my creations. Before all the details are spilled, let’s say we may be moving. So be prepared for subscribing to a list to make sure you receive all future updates. :-)
Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
“A scene is a scene. But a scene with people comes alive”, says yours truly. :-)
Did I tell you that a short walk from our hotel to the historical downtown in Mexico City and back was stretched into a whole (fun) day? Yes, that’s one of my strengths, in my own opinion. :-) Think about it, for a kid that loves candies, wouldn’t it be the best thing in the world if the candy lasts the whole day?
When visiting a place on foot, in addition to the monumental locations (sometimes skipped for subjective reasons), we check out the nooks and cracks with much joy. And this is what we were greeted with, at the end of the day, on our way back to the hotel – four gentlemen sitting on the same bench, each doing their own thing. What a fun “scenery”! I exclaimed, in my heart, and secretly raised the camera to my face. :-)
Now, if you allow yourself to step back a little, it looks like a movie poster, doesn’t it? What would be the name of the movie, if that’s the case? You can totally make it up. Why not have some fun!
My eyes catch contrasts when I travel, local (yes, you read it right :-) ) or international. Contrasts come in colors, shapes, or, in this case, the contrast of poverty vs. prosperity, right next to my hotel in downtown Mexico City. What other contrasts do you see in this image? Let us hear you in the comment area. :-)
P.S. To see my other posts and images made in Mexico City, please follow this link.
Some of you may already know that I have a crazy obsession/appreciation with lives that have passed their, in common views, “prime time” (see here and here). This explains my collection of dry leaves, tree barks and flowers that’s fallen from their stems. While majority (if not all) of the world celebrates the birth of a baby, and new growth on a tree, I also appreciate that, with scars, bumps and bruises, a more mature life has a lot more stories to share with a much calmer demeanor.
Take this leaf for example, how do you define its “prime time”? Had it not for the textures that come with the passing of time and the gifts of elements, would it have captured the light in such an interesting and beautiful way? Maybe now is its best time? ;-)
Celebrate who (the heck) you are, every day of your life! Let me know if you need help see the beauty you hold.
I feel guilty, guilty for not staying up to date with my postings here.
I won’t even try to find an excuse. What happened is that, in my already packed schedule, I found time to enter a contest, one that celebrates the power of images. I thought it would be a great idea to show-case the variety of images made in our travels, with people going about their lives in the back-drops of their own environment. It’s been my long-time belief that people are part of the scenery. I know how to make landscape photography. In fact, I’ve done quite a lot in my travels (here‘s some very few examples). And if you have people in your images, that’s like putting seasoning in an already great dish. :-)
Here’s a screen-shot of my entries. Click on it and feel free to share via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and/or email (links on the top right corner of the page). Once I get 1,000 votes, you could be going to New York city with me. No joking!
Before I let you go, what’s the first thing that you see once entering the page? Put it in the comment below.
When I go on travel trips, I go all out on exploration. I have all my senses out for the next interesting turn that may lead me to trouble. Haha…
So on our way to Palacio Nacional (in English, the National Palace) in Mexico City, my acute hearing led me to this family trio that’s singing their hearts out. “How do you know that they are singing their hearts out”, you may ask. Well, here’s proof:
So, when hiring a photographer, my friend, hire someone that can bring your essence to life. Why? Most, if not all, know how to do the boring (in my opinion) look that everyone else can do. But it takes quite some skill to recognize the opportunity to ink your uniqueness in timeline. :-)
You know I love doors. I am also full of curiosity. This image was made in a small port town (浪石) while rafting (it’s more like floating :-)) in Li River (漓江) near Guilin (桂林), China.
I’d attribute to everything I’ve achieved thus far to un-quenched curiosity. But, how much of it do you need to peek into someone’s door though? :p
Curiosity killed the cat? Nah…! Boredom would’ve killed it sooner. :-)