Creativity is a funny thing..
Sometimes it jumps bumps into you when you’re mind is wandering somewhere else, some other times you need it and it just doesn’t show up..
I’ve taken thousands of pictures on our Round-The-World trip but there they are.. squeezed in memory cards and hard drives, praying to be seen, edited, taken care of.. but “I never find the right moment” to sit and just do it.
But then instead, giving credit to creativity’s naughty personality, one day a friend comes over and talks about a photography challenge that goes on and on for 52 weeks -consistency is not really one of my virtues- but here I am, my head spinning, running out of bed to grab my phone and write the description of a picture I just saw, acting weird among people when it hits me because I don’t want to forget it..
I had not touched the camera for weeks, months.. it felt heavy and like a burden to even take one more picture, one more added to the thousands I still have to edit.. but not anymore.. now I carry the backpack almost every weekend, and I have broken some inner barriers even.. I stand in front of the camera.. I have opened myself, showed my feelings..
It’s refreshing, it feels lighter, good.. maybe it’s just what I needed, to open up, to let go.. to find a creative way to all these feelings I had inside.
So I decided to join the challenge, I’m doing quite ok time-wise (1 picture a week is not such an easy task) and I want to show them here..
Maybe they are my very fist series of pictures.. I could call them “feelings”..
I hope you like them.. and if not.. it’s ok.. let’s just call it art, because showing feelings is so personal and subjective and we all face them differently.
In this trip I decided I was going to try to go down on my things-to-do list, things I haven’t dared or managed in the previous trips. One of those was diving.
It may sound strange for some people, but I must tell you this was not an easy task.. I had always thought I couldn’t dive because of my ears -I had tried once before and it was really painful- plus it was quite scary and impressive the thought of “breathing underwater”..
But there I was, after a lot of persuasion from a friend and lots of training in the swimming pool this summer: diving!! in Koh Samet!
That was so much fun!
So here are my very first shots underwater, while taking the exams and training to get my Open Water Dive.
Bangkok it our first stop in our Round The World trip which will last for a year.
Here are some pics.
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Pics taken August 2013
A year ago my best boy-friend came to visit me to Norway and I decided to take him to Prekkestolen, which was one of Norway’s wonders I hadn’t visited yet, waiting for the perfect oportunity to go. And there we were!
The way up there with a 4-year old on our backs was tough, but the views were so worth it! I must admit I got very impressed and scared by the sight of it but I have a very sweet and beautiful memory of that trip.
So here they are, the pictures. This turned out to be the last trip with my Nikon D90.
Pics taken Aug’12
Have a nice summer!
Cuba is a wonderful country with inspiring people.
I am Spaniard so I could talk with everyone and listen to everything was said and at times I felt sad because you can sense the fear in their tones and hear it in the way they talk.
We drove across Cuba from La Habana to Baradero and back, and of course with the car always full of people!
Before travelling I do my homework, I read all the books I can put my hands on, forums, ask around to those who have already been there..so I don’t miss a thing wherever I am. So I knew transport is a problem to most Cuban people and decided “to do my bit” -as I found out they say in English – and fill the car with people. And what a nice and clever idea turned out to be! They showed us the road when there were no signs and we learned a lot about the culture, the country and their spirit.
Cuba is definitely worth a visit and if you happen yo rent a car, don’t be afraid and help them out. You’ll see how happy some women are to realize that they won’t spend the night on the road waiting for a lorry to pass by.
2 Spanish kisses, Vk
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Pictures taken Sept.’06