There’s a great photography post doing the rounds at the moment called ’7 Super Shots’. HostelBookers.com put out the call to select 7 of your favourite photographs, one for each of the following categories, then tag 5 bloggers that you would like to take part. I was really pleased when Anja nominated me. So here are my 7 shots…
1. A photo that…takes my breath away
The pretty seaside town of L’Ile Rousse, Corsica and the stunning beach – the colour of the sea took my breath away the first time I saw it and no matter how often I return it still does. A shot taken in the other direction featured in my ‘ Travel snap of the week’ recently so check it out if you’d like to know a more about L’Ile Rousse.
2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
These wonderful children in The Gambia always make me smile when I visit their school in Brikama. Read about my last visit in ‘My dairy from the smiling coast of Africa.’
3. A photo that…makes me dream
Calvi beach (also in Corsica) with a back drop of pine trees and the mountains beyond – I regularly dream of being back in Corsica!
4. A photo that…makes me think
I took this photograph while on a photographic assignment in Senegal. Whenever I look at it I wonder what she was thinking. I think she looks sad. My guide did speak to her to ask if it was OK to take a few photos before I barged into her home. I do hope she didn’t mind the intrusion too much. I felt frustrated that all I could do was smile and thank her in English or French without knowing whether she understood a word of what I was saying.
As a travel photographer you often find your self intruding in people’s lives. When is it OK and when are you crossing the line?
5. A photo that…makes my mouth water
Cupcakes topped with strawberries and cream, in Brighton, England. Delicious!
Brighton is a lovely, lively seaside town about an hour on the train from London. The Royal Pavilion, resembling an Indian palace, is well worth visiting and the Lanes and North Laine are wonderful little cobbled streets full of interesting, sometimes quirky shops that are great to explore. There’s a thriving nightlife here too, so if you want to enjoy all that Brighton has to offer you’ll need to stay overnight. You can find hotels in Brighton on Expedia.
6. A photo that…tells a story
This statue in memory of the end of slavery is a poignant reminder of the tragic past of Gorée Island just off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. Once a transportation post for slaves leaving Africa it is now a very beautiful little island with pretty pastel painted buildings and flower filled streets plus a museum about slavery. A ‘must see’ when visiting Dakar. More of my photos from Senegal are on Flickr.
7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
This is a tough one! My favourite photograph changes regularly and I’ve already posted a few in my weekly ‘Travel snap’ features. Not wanting to repeat myself here’s another one of my favourites shots of a street in Mindelo on the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde.
Thanks again Anja for nominating me. There are lots of bloggers’ I’d like to pass this on too but I better limit this to 5 as requested!
So I’m asking the following to share their ’7 Super Shots’ with us.
Suzanne, The Travel Bunny
Abu, A Visual Journey
Andrew, Andrew Graeme Gould Photography
Greg, Wanders & Wonders