Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Longshan Temple

When I first bought this my camera, my friend had the amazing idea to go to Longshan Temple to take some practice shots. This this one of the first pictures I ever took with it. Completely unedited.

Monday, 17 June 2013

South West Europe

This is the fort at the most south western point of Europe. We came here to go surfing but it was too cold for me. Even with a wetsuit. However it was a great trip just to see Sagres and Portugal for the first time.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Fight Night!

So obviously, this isn't actually what happened.
It was just timing of the photo which was quite comedic so it had to be done.
I went to a type of mixed martial arts competition in Cordoba, where fighters from all over the world had come to compete for the title of 'World Champion'.
One of the fighters was a client of my friend's (now ex) boyfriend so we got VIP tickets for free!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Flowers in Malaga

Before I came to Malaga, I'd only known it's airport as the gateway to "Brits Abroad".
However, it's very Spanish in it's own respect. While there are more tourists here than say, Cordoba, there's way less than along the coast. Although I originally came to watch James Bond in English, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that my initial impression of the south coast of Spain was wrong.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Little India

No one would blame you if you thought this picture was taken in India, but in fact it's taken in Leicester, England. There is a very large Indian population in the Midlands, in fact, every year, Leicester is home to the biggest Diwali celebration outside of India.
This was taken at the Hindu wedding of my university friend. The saris were so beautiful, covered in embroidery and sequins, the women created a rainbow sea of people.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Puppets in Thailand

Puppets in general actually kind of scare me. They're a little too human-like. But the ones in Thailand, in the town that borders Burma, there were some beautifully ornate puppets which I wouldn't put in my house, but makes for a beautiful picture :)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Ai Wei Wei's Nine Vases

Ai Wei Wei, the infamous Chinese artist, famous for controversial work such as Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) where 3 black and white photos shows the sequence of him dropping a perfectly preserved 5000 year old vase and smashing it to pieces.
His outspoken views about human rights and democracy in China have lead the Chinese government to lock him up for things like tax evasion.
Here he takes Neolithic vases (5000-3000 BCE) and dips them in industrial paint.
In the spirit of rebelliousness, I took this photo with several others when it was strictly forbidden to do so. Shot from the hip so to say :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Cool monk in Thailand

I love the too cool for school attitude of this monk. He had such a swagger to his walk, he was definitely the cool kid in class.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Koh Tao Nightlife

Welcome to Koh Tao Thailand! A very common scene on the beaches of the islands in southern Thailand, there are fire shows at just about every bar along the beach.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Urban Sunset

This was taken in Hong Kong. There is no real story to accompany this photo, only the feeling of sadness I have as it was taken after my weekly visit to my grandfather.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Orange Blossoms

All over Spain, the streets are decorated with orange trees. The orange blossoms perfume the city air, filling it with a faint sweet fragrance.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Andalucian horses

Andalucia is also famous for it's horses. Also known as the Pure Spanish Horse, they are beautiful animals often used in movies and show jumping. There are regular horse shows here, held in the former royal stables.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Flamenco Fire

It's impossible not to go to a flamenco performance at least once while living in Andalucia, the home of flamenco.
A dance of emotional passion, a traditional flamenco is impromptu and improvised. It is serious and the music is just as passionate as the dance.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Magical Marsaxlokk, Malta

The little fishing harbour of Marsaxlokk in Malta.
Beautiful brightly coloured boats called Luzzu are the traditional Maltese fishing boats.
They have two eyes painted on the bow, possibly a surviving custom from the ancient Phoeniticians.