Photos and me, that´s a story full of…
… hesitation, doubts, stolen or lost cheap cameras – and misunderstanding as well.
But when I was invited by Steve from Back-Packer.org to join the “7 Super Shots” party started by Hostelbookers, I couldn´t say “no”! You wouldn´t either! The idea is to pick one photo for each given category and name fellow bloggers to do the same. You can imagine how hard it was to pick 7 pictures – but
here they are, my 7 Super Shots:
(If you are not happy with the chosen ones, stay tuned and ask me again in about 1 – 2 years: Now that I have my Canon G12, it´s even more fun to play!)
A photo that…
1. …takes my breath away
Starting with a hard one: I know, it´s not the best quality – I never claimed to be a good photographer – but for me, seeing the lush green and countless waterfalls on the Hawaiian island of Kauai was a breath taking experience. One I want to share with you. I had the chance to do a helicopter ride above Kauai, which in my opinion is the best way to see the island as a whole because otherwise, you never realize how green, how wild and how lush this oldest island of Hawaii really is. It makes me think of freedom, of wandering around without a goal, of peace and tranquility – of nature and how perfect mother earth is.
2. …makes me laugh or smile
Not necessarily a travel picture, but one which makes me laugh all the time; taken in the backyard of our apartment in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
And yes, it is true: In South America, there are cats and dogs everywhere…
3. …makes me dream
This picture makes me dream in several ways. I took it at Casapueblo, the house of the famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró located in Punta Ballena (Whale Point) near Punta del Este. It was the end of one of the beautiful days I spent in this underestimated South American country. And even though the sunset was rather short and not so breath taking due to all the clouds, just spending the evening there was calming, soothing and relaxing itself – just made for dreaming.
Apart from being the ideal place for your own dreams, it is the symbol of someone making his dream come true himself. The artist Vilaró built the house, which is now a museum, an art gallery and a hotel, as a homage to his son Carlitos Paez who survived the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in 1972. He was one of sixteen people who were rescued two months after the accident.
4. …makes me think
When I was living in Bogotá, Colombia, there hardly passed a day without protests of the students in the streets. Often, public transport could not pass or had to stop even more often and parts of the city were closed because of hundreds and thousands of people marching against some new laws inviting private/ corporate sponsors to public universities. They were marching for their independence, for the freedom of science as well as of education and were deeply passionate about these issues.
Once, I was exploring the city with a french CouchSurfing-fellow, and we ended up in the middle of some protest marches. Everything was peaceful, but I was overwhelmed by the amount of people on the streets and by their passion, by their power of endurance and by their hope to change society. This picture shows the police after the protestants passed by – beaten by the only “weapon” they used, color.
By the way, the protests were successful in the end: The new law – the so called educational reform – was taken back.
So, this was part one of my 7 Super Shots… join me again next week, for part two of the travel photo party