Category Archives: Travel Photography
Even though, for the moment, I am more than happy with the chilly weather in New York City, it won’t be long before I start wanting to escape to the beach again.
My list of favorite beach destinations is getting longer and recently I added another favorite: Anguilla.
Anguilla is a British island in the Caribbean. With a population of a little over 15,000, this is the kind of place where people really know each other, and if you visit enough times, will really get to know you as well. It is friendly and welcoming. During my visit, I had the opportunity to really experience the people, but most importantly, the food.
I did my best to eat as much as I could while in Anguilla (because, you know, research) and discovered some pretty great spots along the way. Because it’s not a very big island, with enough planning you too can eat you way through Anguilla and see why it has become one of the most celebrated culinary destinations in the Caribbean.
I love photographing people when I travel. I am also very sensitive to doing so, in great part because having grown up in a touristy Caribbean destination for a portion of my life, I know what it is like to have someone aim their camera at you as if you were an animal in the wild.
My friend and photographer Lola Akinmade often discusses the topic of ethics when photographing people in your travels, and I really do hope you will give her a read and take pause before pointing your camera at strangers when on the road.
All the being said, I love the opportunity to photograph someone when I travel. People can be so beautiful and a photo gives a human face to the overall environment and destination. But also, it’s the perfect ice breaker. A wonderful way to sort of just say hello, without it being too weird. What I have started to enjoy even more though, is the moment when I ask them to smile.
Recently I was invited to check out the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. So confident were their representatives of the fuel efficiency of the vehicle that they encouraged me to travel to any notable Fall foliage destination in the East Coast where I could both enjoy the benefits of the ride as well as the views. And so we did, on a trip to Lake Placid.
Lake Placid, in the Adirondacks, is one of those places in New York state that always show us something new every time we have been there. Visitors tend to flock to the area during the winter for skiing, but there’s always something to do, even in those in between seasons like Fall.
It’s a little rainy and cloudy in NYC today. In some places, rainy and cloudy means having to find shelter and warmth, but for a lot of us it’s another excuse to go outside, get wet, and endure the chill for all the awesome the city offers when covered in gray. If you are in the city and it starts to rain, just put on a hat (umbrellas are so not New York) and take it in.
You might get soaked. But you won’t regret it. It might also be one of the most romantic things you can do in the city.
There are few things that center me, and bring me back to the reasons why I love what I do, more than photographing the city. After months of traveling, I am looking forward to slowing down for a bit and reconnecting with friends in the city I love.
I took a free moment, my camera, and headed out. I waited for the light to be perfect (late afternoon) and I knew that Central Park would deliver. I know this. I knew this. But, yet, I was blown away. It just never fails.
I’ve shared so much already about my visit to Bordeaux and some of the neighboring wine regions. I even shared the beauty of Bordeaux at night, a magical moment during my travels there.
I spent a lot of time in Bordeaux walking around by myself, an intimidating notion at first which is exactly why, when given the option by my hosts, I chose to walk around on my own as often as possible. Turns out that it’s not very difficult to navigate this city of a little over 200,000 people. It very much felt and functioned like a central city would, but it was also friendlier, cleaner, and more laid back than a lot of major cities in Europe, certainly more so than Paris.
What I love the most about my visits to Europe is how you can learn so much not just from its literature, but also from taking a tour, walking around, or admiring their surrounding architecture. There are countless cities and villages like these, but when in France a visit to Saint-Emilion, a World Heritage Site, is a wonderful passage back in time.
One of the stops that I made during my whirlwind adventure to the Bordeaux wine region was in Bergerac, in the Dordogne of France. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Up to that moment every one of my experiences had been pretty spectacular, enough so that I’ve really been inspired to freshen up my French skills, kiss this life au revoir, and venture into the countryside of France for a new one.
I wanted to share my night in Bordeaux with you through photos since words fail me when thinking of how I could describe it all.
There’s a lot that happened before I took these photos, but those stories will have to wait till I am not as tired as I am now (I had the most wonderful time walking in the rain today. For hours I walked into shops and boutiques, people watching, and photo taking).
I wanted to share these photos because I am still in that state of bliss from how beautiful this city is, especially at night.
Costa Rica helped us identify happiness in a way that we usually take for granted. That is our greatest take away and the biggest gift from our recent visit.
I share more on that in Happiness, Tico Style: Adventures in Costa Rica.
Below are some of the images that we captured along the way.