My friend and fellow travel blogger, Pablo, (www.wherespablo.com) recently tagged me in a fun photography game created by HostelBookers. The game urges you to find your own 7 ‘super’ shots for several categories. I though that sifting through my loads of photos would be a painstaking activity, but I found that the task ignited inspiration and nostalgia, and the photos seemed to jump out at me rather quickly.
The following 7 pictures are my super shots:
1. A photo that takes my breath away
Although most photographs taken in India are vivid and colorful beyond belief, this happened to be my only photograph from India which appears bleary and dull. However, I love it because the woman in it seems almost ethereal, and her hennaed hair matches the muted rosy tones of the walls.
The day this photo was taken, I was jet lagged and weary from touring India in its scorching summer heat, so I honestly can’t even remember what site or monument this was, but I do remember the sweet, gentle presence of this old, Indian woman.
2. A photo that makes me laugh or smile
I took this at the base of the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Families of monkeys sat comfortably in Buddha’s lap.. need I say more?
3. A photo that makes me dream
My girls at the top of the hill in Morne a Bruler, Haiti. Despite boxes of books, pipe cleaners, beads, markers, string, and every other imaginable craft, these girls were only interested in an un-inflated red balloon. Immediately after I blew up the balloon, they understood its fragility, without ever even having seen a balloon before, and they fought to keep it in the air.
To me, this picture demonstrates the innate understanding kids have, and I can only dream of what these girls will accomplish, with or without a formal education.
4. A photo that makes me think
Doors always make me think. Maybe its because several really good quotes about life have to do with doors, or maybe its because more stories lurk behind them than we could ever know. Although I enjoy sightseeing, I always catch myself wondering what’s behind the locked doors, and sometimes I even scheme up stories about the people who used the door 500 years ago. Darn red tape.
5. A photo that makes my mouth water
I’ll admit it, the picture doesn’t exactly look appetizing, but this was hands down the best fish I have ever eaten. At the southern most tip of India, in the small fishing town of Cochin, we bought several fresh fish from the local market (the local market being a mangy Indian man selling fish in a small white tent). Following the locals, we took our purchases to a small, nearby restaurant that specialized in taking your fish, and doctoring it up like nobody’s business.
That fish was grilled to perfection, and the piquant Indian spices occasionally fused with bursts of lime completely seduced my tastebuds. Plus, eating a whole fish straight down to bones was an experience in itself.
6. A photo that tells a story
While working in the slums of Film Nagar, India, I spent a significant amount of time with these two boys. As part of my work with Kriti, an NGO aiming to improve the Film Nagar slums, I helped coordinate a field trip to the Hyderabad Zoo. It was the first time that these boys had ever been outside of the limits of their ‘slum’…
Although I enjoy the story of our zoo trip, judging by the intensity of their brown, piercing eyes, something tells me that it just doesn’t compare to the stories they have lived through.
7. A photo that I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
This was taken insanely early in the morning as the sun began to rise over the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. I love the intensity of the sun’s reflection on the water and how the reflection creeps up to the raggedy, pastel-colored fishing boats.
It’s ironic because it seems so serene, but India, especially along the Ganges in the morning, is anything but.
“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” -Walt Disney
I invite some of the people I follow to partake in this challenge as well!
Lisa at http://www.chickybus.com/
Annette at http://mslistologist.com/
Jennifer at http://laavventura.wordpress.com/
Katy and Chris at http://ayearintrim.wordpress.com/about/