Whilst wandering into Bridgetown, Barbados to walk off my Chefette pizza, I met this guy “Smiley” and ended up having an unexpected personal tour of the town from a local’s perspective, ending with sharing a cup of our own homemade rum punch. He lives in a ghetto and earns money as a beach cleaner. A fascinating, fun, eye-opening and humbling experience. Made me smile
One of the main forms of transport in the rural areas of the northern Dominican Republic was the small motorbike… closely followed by the good ol’ fashioned horse. Despite the bumpy terrain, bikes were used to carry cargo of all shapes and sizes.
This is how the coffee was brewed that I drank on a tour in the Dominican Republic. A lovely little old lady made & sold her own coffee and hot chocolate and sold it to tourists from a very basic little wooden & thatched hut. Both were delicious!
Bordeaux, France, taken in September 2017.
This rather large bottle of wine caught my eye… I can’t imagine why. It seemed very apt to photograph a wine shop in Bordeaux, given Bordeaux is the major wine industry capital of the world. Of course, I had to partake of a glass or two while I was there… it would be rude not to! Sadly my little carafe wasn’t as big as that bottle!
Hamilton, Bermuda, taken in October 2017
I spotted this homeless guy sleeping on a little wander around Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton. I wonder if he noticed the sign above him?
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, taken October 2017
I like this upwards angle, framed by the lampost and tree. I went inside and around the cathedral, and from wherever you stand you seem to always find yourself looking up. Maybe that’s something to do with this being the third largest church in the world – and technically the world’s largest cathedral, as the other two (Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil and St. Peter’s Basilica in London) aren’t the seat of bishops.
In fact, it was inside this cathedral that I broke my sunglasses: they fell off the top of my head when I looked up at the huge golden altar inside. The fall didn’t break them, but me stepping back to find them and subsequently standing on them did!
Plaza de Espana, Seville, taken October 2017.
I was really pleased with this shot, as while the dancer was moving swiftly to music I timed it just right to get her facing towards me, with the fan and arms outstretched. Despite the fact there was a sea of people around her watching, with a bit of vignetting and playing with the shadows I managed to isolate her. To me, a flamenco dancer is iconic to Spain.
Plaza de Espana, Seville, taken in October 2017. The early evening sunlight was just right to cast long shadows.
Plaza de Espana, Seville, taken in October 2017.
I was experimenting with taking photos from ground level, to get a different perspective. I like the way it gives attention to the cobbles, but the eye is still drawn to the structure of the building.
I took a few of these at the time, but this was the best – I just wish I hadn’t got the guy walking into the shot. I guess I could have Photoshopped him out, but in a way he gives a slightly warped sense of scale which I quite like!