I am an idiot. For months, I watched as blogger after blogger published their hostel bookers My 7 super shots posts after having been nominated by fellow travellers, and I sulked as no one nominated me. I love photography, I am obsessed with taking pictures, and yet, here I was, still without a nomination. But in the end, Lisa Goodmurphy over at Gone With the Family finally took pity on me. And then what happened? I couldn’t write this post for a very long time, because I couldn’t choose the photos. Even now as I publish this, I am unsatisfied with my choice, because there are many photos which tell me a story, make me laugh and make me think, so that I don’t think this really makes them justice.
So, despite all this, here are my 7 super shots:
A photo that takes my breath away
My trip to Bali in October 2011 left me a bit disappointed, as I found that the famous island didn’t live up to all the hype. However, there was one place on the island which left me absolutely speechless with its beauty, and that was Seminyak beach, pictured above. Whenever I look at this photo, I am reminded of my afternoon there, walking, like this couple was doing, on the soft, smooth sand with waves gently lapping at my feet.
A photo that makes me laugh or smile
So I’m riding on the underground train in Berlin, and I approach the next station, which is called Wedding (pronounce Veddin). Nothing that funny about that, until I look up and see the image of a man running in the opposite direction towards an S-Bahn sign (overland train). While of course, the running man is just a sign showing a connection from a subway station to an overland train one, I can only giggle because all I can see is a man running away from his girlfriend as soon as she mentions the word ‘wedding’.
A photo that makes me dream
This photo, taken in a temple in Seoul, always makes me dream about the 1 month I spent in South Korea. With the help of many local friends who showed me around and took me places I would have struggled to visit had I been on my own (there is very little English outside of the capital), I fell madly in love with the country. It was also here that I developed a love for photography.
A photo that makes me think
This photo is nowhere near as sharp as it could be. In fact, aesthetically, it’s nothing much. It was taken as I sped on a motor boat in one of the river channels of the Mekong delta, Vietnam, and my humble point and shoot didn’t have time to focus properly. However, every time I look at this image I think about my life, and people in the Western world’s lives. While in the Mekong delta, I kept coming across children living in make shift homes, half on land and half on the river. You could see that they had very little (though they are well fed, since the Mekong delta is one of the biggest producers of rice in the world) and yet they were happy, and they smiled all the time, and broke into enthusiastic hellos every time they saw me approach on my boat. During moments like these, I felt stupid about the silly things I often complain about, and I was reminded that I am living a good life.
A photo that makes my mouth water
I must admit that I’m usually too hungry to remember to take pictures of what I’m about to eat, however, when I received a chocolate gift from my students in Switzerland, and opened it up to find these perfect-looking, volcano-inside truffles from Sprungli, I couldn’t resist and indulged in a bit of food porn photography. I had never bought Sprungli chocolate, because even if I passed one of its shops every single time I made my way home, I always taught that its cakes and chocolates were to expensive. Everything changed after I had my first taste, and at least, they became a treat for when I was too tired, or when I had achieved something important. I miss you Sprungli!
A photo that tells a story
A few weeks ago, I published the above-shown picture as one of my ‘Picture Perfect’ posts because I felt that it told a story. Not only did it tell the story of the iconic Berlin Brandenburgertor (a story of theft, distruction, and then, finally, restoration), but also of the unemployed people of Berlin, who, like the chap pictured above, get creative to earn some much needed cash.
A photo that I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
This photo, taken during my first ever sub-zero winter in Switzerland, is, in my opinion, THE most beautiful photo I have ever taken. There is nothing overly complex about it, but the blanket of crisp white snow, the large tree against a background of blue sky, and the group of trees in the background, all combine to create a peaceful image which you can get lost in.
I’d love to hear back from all of you, so here are some questions to tickle your memory:
What place makes you sigh when you think about it?
Do you find the ‘Wedding’ subway sign funny, or am I just being silly?
Is there a destination you are particularly fond of, but which few tourists seem to care about?
Have things you saw during your travels ever made you reflect on the way you live your life, or made you feel guilty?
Have you ever indulged in a particular food even if it was expensive?
Which world monument tells the most beautiful story?
-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com. All rights reserved.