10714538_10152483888351483_1266864556946746369_o
comment 0

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art >> Rediscovering Berlin

For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?

These are some photos that I took from my trip in Berlin last week. I believe that these shots reflect the rich culture, painful and darkest pasts,  as well as the dynamic and contemporary landscapes of the city.

IMG_9274
comments 6

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ in Barcelona

Hi! I have just been back from my summer holiday in Barcelona. I know I haven’t updated my blog for a while as I have been busy writing my thesis these past few months. I am very happy to let you all know that I have recently graduated with a Bachelor degree and this recent trip to Barcelona was a treat for finally completing my studies!

I was traveling alone and the experience has been overall a great adventure and a  journey of self-discovery and self-indulgence. Barcelona has indeed treated me well. I have had my best food  in the city, met many amazing and  interesting people, fostered new friendships  and enjoyed  many wonderful experiences.  Here are some photos that I took of the city during my stay there.  Most of the photos feature designs and architecture by the likes of Antonio Gaudi, Luis Domenech and Josep Pui of the Catalan modernisme movement. The buildings and streets have so many interesting and quirky stories behind them and it will be such a spoiler if these “secrets” will be all laid down here. If you love architecture, good food, great culture scene and a good story, Barcelona is full of it.

I love Barcelona and I will definitely be back!

IMG_9274

Parc Guell, a brainchild of Euseibi Guell and and designed by Barcelona’s own, Antoni Gaudí. The distinct colorful trencadis technique, a style created with broken mosaic tile patterns, adorn many surfaces of Parc Guell.

10431375_10152260880766483_7998143814996019458_o

Gaudí tiles on the chic Passeig de Gràcia

10483072_10152262653511483_4583836263058446658_o

Traversing the streets of Barcelona

IMG_9103

In one of the streets at the old Barcelona quarter, La Ribera

IMG_8931

Details of the Barcelona cathedral. A breathtaking example of gothic architecture

IMG_8885

Random guy walking past Plaça de San Felip Neri. Notice that he church facade bears marks of the bomb from the Spanish Civil War

IMG_8899

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia details

IMG_9173

Casa Batlló by Gaudi. If you are an architecture aficionado, Barcelona is a must-see

IMG_9159

Casa Amatller by Josep Puig

IMG_9129

Cherub from Plaza Catalunya

IMG_9128

Shopping!

10499538_10152262653661483_3980110927936360068_o

Met many amazing fellow travelers. Here are the girls from LA, NY and SG

10497465_10152262653666483_6627200708095313909_o

Barcelona at night from Mount Tibidado–beautiful!. If you’re a Friends’ fan, you’ll recall that Joey mentions Mount Tibidado when he was helping Ross after being on a dry spell for six months hehe

10498551_10152260850736483_7857073016498112412_o

Palau de la Música Catalana facade details

10275316_10152260930676483_5381683555909502862_o

Passion facade of La Sagrada Familia

I will dedicate another post for some of the great food that I have eaten from there. For now, if you enjoyed this post, check out the other entries for this week”s challenge here.

IMG_1793
comments 2

First year throwback

Today, after having submitted a portfolio for my photography class and reflecting on my work, I came to realise that I have been writing on this blog for a little over a year now. The reason this blog even existed in the first place was that, a little over a year ago, my husband gave me a DSLR camera as a birthday present— and the rest, as they say, was history.

I wanna take the time to say thank you to everyone who commented and expressed  appreciation for  my photos. Thank you, most especially to those who took the time to write constructive criticisms to help me get better at this craft. Within the last year, I believe I have grown a lot in photography but I know there are still a lot of things to learn and improve. And yet,  I am proud of what I have learnt and achieved so far in such a short period of time.  For this new year, I promise to work harder in improving my photography and to keep sharing my journey with you through this blog.

As a throwback for my first year of dabbling in photography, here are some of my images that won local photo competitions last year. :)

IMG_1793

IMG_7744, large

SINK

img_36351.jpg1002307_478402545583809_901190141_n

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

2
comments 2

Queen

This is Chanda on Rembrandt Lighting. The picture has been taken in color but later converted to grayscale for a more dramatic look. Selective coloring for the crown was an afterthought though. May not be everyone’s taste but I think it works on this portrait. What do you think? Would love to hear some feedback.
2

IMG_3003
comments 13

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

They are portals into the world’s stories. Glimpses into other people’s lives. Looking out (or into) a window can tell you about where you are — and where you’re not — and mark a particular moment in time, linking you to a physical place. Windows are also enablers of our daydreams and desires, and can stir up memories and big ideas.

Below are photos of windows that I took over the past year from Rome, Gran Canaria and various towns in Denmark.  I have always been drawn  to photographing windows and they are easily my favorite things to shoot. I love how the colors,  architectural details and textures  make up the unique character of every window I capture.

IMG_3003

IMG_1754jj

IMG_1944

IMG_2610

IMG_8329

IMG_0086

IMG_1972

IMG_1862

IMG_1986a

IMG_5503

IMG_5370

IMG_3647

To view other people’s entries for this week’s challenge,  check them out here. 

IMG_3689
comments 10

Rome and its layered history

Beneath the modern city of Rome are layers upon layers of  history spanning over two millennia. From the modern shopping streets lined with Italian fashion powerhouses,   the imposing facades of the glorious medieval churches, the greatest masterpieces in every nook and cranny of the city,  down to the ancient ruins where gladiatorial battles and gory theater productions were held, Rome is a fascinating city where  layers of humanity, religion,  culture and politics are physically manifested for us to marvel at. It has been awe-inspiring to think that I was walking on the same road that the likes of Julius Caesar walked and that the history that still influences most of us to this very day was right beneath my feet.

 Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.

IMG_2302

Roma lady at the Sant’Ignazio Church

IMG_2266
IMG_2019

Piazza della Repubblica at noon

IMG_2485

The Colloseum

IMG_2416

Pantheon

IMG_3582

The view from the top of the St. Peter’s Basilica

IMG_3391

St. Peter’s

IMG_3689

Charming alleys at Trastevere

IMG_3003

At the neighborhood of Testaccio

IMG_3700

At one of the restos in the Trastevere area

IMG_3564

The dome of the basilica

IMG_2458

Trevi

IMG_2157

Shopping streets

comments 10

Weekly Photo Challenge: Roman Horizon

HorizonThe space or line where the sky meets the earth. So many places where the sky meets the earth around the world, and millions of interactions between two elements.

Here are some photos of Rome horizons from last week’s trip. We had an absolutely amazing time and hopefully, I’d be able to write about our experience as soon as I get the time to do so. For now, enjoy these picturesque shots of Rome :)

IMG_3325
IMG_3311
IMG_3718
IMG_2660
IMG_3587