Piran, Slovenia is a beautiful coastal town on a very thin peninsula of land jetting out into the sea. I went there by chance and was awed by the town’s coastal scenery and small alleys. This alley was cool and shady on a hot summer day. You can see how old the cities around the Mediterranean are. I hope you can imagine the feel of the warm sea air in the shade of this alley.
Last September I spent a day in New York City with my parents. We had a wonderful time and I was able to capture some excellent pictures. In this series, I will share some of the pictures. They are all very different from each other, but only have in common is they were taken on the same day in NYC.
One thing I hoped would happen when I started this blog is that I would learn. I have, in fact, learned a lot. The analytics built into the sight are quite neat to view and analyze. One thing I noticed is that pictures of things that are often photographed don’t really make a big wave. The more obscure a picture, or the more personal, the more response it gets. For example, I posted a beautiful picture of the Manhattan skyline just after sunset. It is one of my favorites. The response was positive, but muted. I posted a picture of glowing chairs suspended in the air, and that had a much bigger response.
Iconic sights are often photographed. Yet I have always found it thrilling to see something you know from pictures or TV in person for the first time. You don’t usually see the lines and the experience of waiting for the ferry to get to the Statue of Liberty. Or the traffic while taking a cab to see the Houses of Parliament. But part of seeing these sights live is the experience of getting to the sight, experiencing the sounds and smells – for better or for worse.
There is something about the physical representation of the smallest unit of a journey that speaks to me. These confused footprints were painted on the sidewalk in Graz, Austria. I found it odd that they didn’t lead anywhere. Footprints leading nowhere unsettled me, which was probably the artists content. I can’t decide if this represents a single person walking erratically or if it represents three people standing facing each other for some reason. These footprints really caught my attention.