The Land’s End is the name given by our First Nations to the Gaspé Peninsula in the Province of Quebec, … Continue reading Blog 58: The Land’s End Portfolio 1 – Percé Rock.
During the late Cretaceous Period (85 to 66 million years ago), dinosaurs roamed in Alberta, Canada. This dinosaur land was … Continue reading Blog 57: The Land Where Dinosaurs Roamed.
I heard the words “human condition” being used for the first time by Magnum Agency photographer Steve McCurry, who documented … Continue reading Blog 56: India Portfolio 7 – The Human Condition.
For Hindus, Varanasi is the holiest city in India. Those who are 60 years old and over are welcomed to … Continue reading Blog 55: India Portfolio 6 – Varanasi.
In 2000, I travelled across India with my hired driver. So, I knew what to expect on my second visit … Continue reading Blog 54: India Portfolio 5 – Kolkata Dreaming.
Arnold J Toynbee (1889-1975), a philosopher and a major interpreter of human civilization in the 20th century wrote: “India has … Continue reading Blog 53: India Portfolio 4 – Life At The Well In Kolkata.
As an observer, I roamed the streets of Port Louis, studying how light, colour and people play within a frame, … Continue reading Blog 52: Mauritius Portfolio 6 – Photographing Port Louis’ Past.
A trade is a skilled job, requiring manual dexterity and a specialized training. In Port Louis, I talked to the … Continue reading Blog 51: Mauritius Portfolio 5 – The Vanishing Trades In Port Louis.
During my visit in 2018, I lamented the loss of decades-old street food culture in the city of Port Louis. … Continue reading Blog 50: Mauritius Portfolio 4 – Loss of A Street Food Culture In Port Louis.
The origin of Mauritian Dhal Puri can be traced back to Bihar in India. The recipe was brought over by … Continue reading Blog 49: Mauritius Portfolio 3 – A Snack Called Dhal Puri.
Port Louis is the capital city of the island of Mauritius, which is located in the Indian Ocean about 2000 … Continue reading Blog 48: Mauritius Portfolio 2 – The Canals of Port Louis.
I read somewhere that architecture is the art of how to waste space. If that space was designed to contain, … Continue reading Blog 47: The Emotional Impact of Girona, Spain.
Canyonlands National Park in Utah is a vast flat-topped mesa with a few panoramic overlooks. The mesa rises 1500 ft … Continue reading Blog 46: Desertlands of The American Southwest. Portfolio 3: Canyonlands National Park.
A desertland is a land of sudden surprise. For every nuance of colour in the sand and sandstone rocks, there … Continue reading Blog 45: Desertlands of The American Southwest. Portfolio 2: Nature’s Art and Sculpture.
JIn 1988, I came across a book by Canadian landscape photographer Janis Kraulis. His stunning colour photographs of the desertlands … Continue reading Blog 44: Desertlands of The American Southwest. Portfolio 1: Canyons and Valleys.
King Jayavarman VII (1122-1218) made his capital city at Angkor Thom, nearly a century after the building of Angkor Wat … Continue reading Blog 43: Angkor Temples Portfolio 4 – Preah Khan Temple.
The Bayon Temple was originally designed to serve as a mausoleum for King Jayavarman VII. It stood at the centre … Continue reading Blog 42: Angkor Temples Portfolio 3 – Bayon Temple.
Angkor Wat Temple was built by King Suryavarma II (r 1112-1152) as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu. … Continue reading Blog 41: Angkor Temples Portfolio 2 – Angkor Wat Temple.
Angkor was the ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire (802 CE – 1431 CE). In 1122 CE, the Khmer … Continue reading Blog 40: Angkor Temples Portfolio 1 – Ta Prohm Temple.
A tourist in Egypt has to deal with some challenges. Tourism is a strict business at Egypt’s amazing monuments (Giza … Continue reading Blog 39: Photography In Egypt.
Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Qin Emperor (259-210 B.C), was a brutal ruler who united ancient China and laid the … Continue reading Blog 38: China’s Terra-Cotta Army.
India has over 2000 stepwells that were used to store rainwater. They were sunken into the earth with stairways that … Continue reading Blog 37: India Portfolio 3 – An Ancient Stepwell in Bundi.
Allen Lambert Galleria is a passageway in the financial district of Toronto, Canada. The galleria is often described as the … Continue reading Blog 36: Toronto Portfolio 4 – Atrium of Light.
Hagia Sophia was built by the Greeks as a cathedral in AD 537. Between 1204 and 1453, the cathedral was … Continue reading Blog 35: The Enigmatic Beauty of Hagia Sophia.
A travel article in Toronto Star newspaper got me curious about an unfinished church construction in Madrid, Spain. I had … Continue reading Blog 34: La Catedral de La Fe In Madrid, Spain.
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) transformed the Catholic church construction project Sagrada Familia in 1883 by combining a Gothic style … Continue reading Blog 33: Sagrada Familia, Barcelona (Spain).
For Shia (Shi’ite) Muslims, the battle of Karbala is a solemn event to remember; while Sunni Muslims view it as … Continue reading Blog 32: Mauritius Portfolio 1 – The Ghoon Festival.
As tradition holds, the first St. Peter’s Church was raised over the bones of St. Peter by the Christian Roman … Continue reading Blog 31: St. Peter’s Basilica.
Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. The embargo against Cuba, which is a series … Continue reading Blog 30: Trinidad – The Cuban Spirit.
Following my two-night stay in Viñales (see my previous blog), I found that Old Havana was pulsating with a new … Continue reading Blog 29: Old Havana – Cuba’s Sensational Quarter.
Settled in 1871, Viñales is said to be Fidel Castro’s favourite place in Cuba. This small town in a verdant … Continue reading Blog 28: Viñales – The Cuban Soul.
Following World Book Day, I am sharing pictures taken at two of my favourite public libraries in Canada. The first … Continue reading Blog 27: Two Canadian Libraries.
To-day, we celebrate the World Book Day. With the Stay-At-Home order still in effect due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the … Continue reading Blog 26: World Book Day, 23 April 2020.
To-day, the world is celebrating online the 50th anniversary of an environmental movement known as Earth Day. This celebration is … Continue reading Blog 25: Earth Day, 22 April 2020.
The province of Alberta in Canada is known for its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, amongst other things. The one … Continue reading Blog 24: Icescapes of Alberta (Canada).
Jay Maisel is my favourite street photographer. He created countless unforgettable images. His book “Light, Gesture & Color” is truly … Continue reading Blog 23: Light, Color and Gesture In A Photograph.
I search for reflections in mirrors, water and glass during my walks. They are rare to find. Glass panels on … Continue reading Blog 22: Photographing Reflections.
A letter by Sir Cavendish Boyle, who arrived in the city of St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) in 1901, mentioned the … Continue reading Blog 21: The Colour of St. John’s.
In his book Portraits of Earth (1987), Canadian nature photographer Freeman Patterson photographed weeds growing between rocks and sand dunes. … Continue reading Blog 20: Portraits of A Rock.
On August 30, 2017 a lightning strike started a wildfire near Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta (Canada). It was … Continue reading Blog 19: The Aftermath of A Forest Fire.
Extraordinary Light is a coffee-table book published in 1989 by Canadian landscape photographer Sherman Hines. It made a pleasant impression … Continue reading Blog 18: Extraordinary Light.
Like every aspiring photographer before me, I first honed my skills in landscape photography. Then, I adapted to the genre … Continue reading Blog 17: In A Blink of An Eye.
Gun shots near Toronto Raptors NBA celebration event left a dark mark on what was meant to be a jubilant … Continue reading Blog 16: Toronto Portfolio 3 – A Stampede.
The world-famous Passion Play is performed once every ten years in Oberammergau, Bavaria (Germany). The stage is located outdoors. Ticket … Continue reading Blog 15: A Passion Play.
A software program can now generate an accurate 3-D model of a human face from a 20-second video clip made … Continue reading Blog 14: A Jewel in Public Art.
Artworks are being created for public visibility all over the world. In Toronto (Canada), there is a narrow street named … Continue reading Blog 13: Toronto Portfolio 2 – Street Art.
Timothy Schmatz’s life-size bronze sculpture known as “Jesus the Homeless” could not find a home in Catholic churches. In 2013, … Continue reading Blog 12: Homeless In Rio.
Artist’s Palette is a very colourful area on the face of a mountain located in Death Valley National Park, California … Continue reading Blog 11: Artist’s Palette.
Celebrations across Canada marked its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. The event known as “Canada150” came with a hefty … Continue reading Blog 10: A Picture That Won Me $5000.
Graffiti is an art form that is best photographed in colour. Popularized by TV reporter Rick Mercer, despised by Toronto’s … Continue reading Blog 9: Toronto Portfolio 1 – Graffiti Alleys.
Three elements that are present in a great photograph are 1) Great Light, 2) Clean Composition and 3) A sense … Continue reading Blog 8: India Portfolio 2 – A Sense of Moment.
Your camera brings home memories of the places where you have been and the things that you have seen. If … Continue reading Blog 7: Modes of Transportation.
Buddha is depicted with very long ears because he is the enlightened one. Buddhists use the idol of the Buddha … Continue reading Blog 6: The Buddha in Borobudur.
A still life in the art of photography and painting depicts an inanimate subject matter, in particular a small group … Continue reading Blog 5: A Still Life.
I am inspired by the works of these Indian photojournalists 1) T S Satyan (1923-2009) and 2) Raghu Rai. Magnum … Continue reading Blog 4: India Portfolio 1 – Portrait On Location.
Western Europe has not adopted a coffee-to-go culture yet, unlike the North Americans. The coffee culture in Europe dates back … Continue reading Blog 3: Coffee Culture.
Navajo’s name for Monument Valley is TséBii’Ndzisgaii. A valley lying at 5564 ft above sea level, with some graceful red-hued … Continue reading Blog 2: Monument Valley.
The captain of our boat cut off the engine as we approached Green Island, which forms part of the Witless … Continue reading Blog 1: A Bird In Flight.