#829. Wabi-Sabi or… “L’Oeuvre du Temps”

#829. Wabi-Sabi or… “L’Oeuvre du Temps”

This is a guest post by Pascal Ravach whose photos of weathered walls struck me when he sent them over for the Wabi-Sabi challenge. What I found fascinating was that much of what you will see below has been copied by contemporary artists but here, gets done autmatically by the

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#431. X-Pro1? A good call.

#431. X-Pro1? A good call.

Three months and a milestone birthday ago, I wrote Going a bit more Fuji; stopping the Leica itch (a quickie) about buying an X-Pro1 and being seriously excited at the prospect.     As it turns out, I was right to be. Although I was more than three years behind

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#418. All the Js

#418. All the Js

These have been busy days; travelling from Gwalior to the Js. First to Jaipur, several days on the streets and then on to Jodhpur. Two cities in central India that are home to much of the country’s history and able to speak volumes of their entanglement with their former colonial

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#416. See Agra and then quickly head for Gwalior

#416. See Agra and then quickly head for Gwalior

  Gwalior. Not on the itinerary of many India visitors and it really should be.   I’d added it to ours on a whim – the evening before the details of our tour were set in stone, I’d been idly remembering a series of British steam locomotives that had been

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#409. The Kolkata interlude

#409. The Kolkata interlude

  Note to self 1: when your weather app tells you it’s 35C outside, with a “feels like” temperature of 45C, it’s best not to go for a walk. Especially, if your testosterone ends up encouraging you to walk 7 kilometres through Kolkata’s endless throngs.   Note to self 2:

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#271. Fontainhas – the Old Portuguese Quarter of Goa: Homes and Streets

#271. Fontainhas – the Old Portuguese Quarter of Goa: Homes and Streets

Goa has really only two seasons: the hot balmy summer months and the warm monsoon months in mid-year, the latter often exacerbated by an incredible level of humidity in the lead up period. Monsoons can be sketchy, and vary widely from year to year. You may encounter a few showers

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#270. Fontainhas – the Old Portuguese Quarter of Goa: Street Life

#270. Fontainhas – the Old Portuguese Quarter of Goa: Street Life

Goa. It’s a small word with a big impact on the western imagination regarding travel to India – conjuring up visions of rave parties, drug-fuelled all night bliss scenes and idyllic beaches of golden sand, waves softly lapping at the shoreline. As well as being a state of mind for

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#242. Mount Kailash – Precious Jewel of Snow

#242. Mount Kailash – Precious Jewel of Snow

Revered by over a billion people – adherents of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon – the holy mountain of Mount Kailash is not on the way to anywhere else. Instead, it lies at the centre of the mystical, spiritual and geographic universe. Tibetans refer to the mountain as Gang Rinpoche

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#113 Incredible India! (2)

India is portrait heaven. Not only do people almost always accept having their pictures taken, if asked respectfully, but there are so many interesting portraits to shoot that I could have bid my driver stop every few hundred meters. That would of course not have helped our travel, which already

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#112 Incredible India! (1)

Incredible India! is the baseline of India’s national advertising, inviting tourists to visit. Images in the TV ads are indeed incredible, inviting, wonderful. But, let me tell you, they are inferior to reality. To give you an idea, I spent there 13 days and came back with 3000 pictures, even

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