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#NoFilter Photos in Madrid

By on Jun 25, 2014 in Photography, Travel | 2 comments

Oh, the lure of the Instagram filter. In a single swipe, you can give a hastily-composed, badly-lit image a dreamy vintage feel, or make the colours of a rather insipid sunset pop out of the screen. It’s fair to say that easy filters and one-touch photo editing have revolutionised the way many of us take photos, but we also risk losing the art of true photography. Not every colour has to be ramped up to full saturation; not every background needs to be soft-focus. So when London City Airport invited me to share #NoFilter photos of one of my favourite cities, Madrid, in order to get back to the roots of photography, I said yes right away. Photos are being posted by several bloggers, and will be judged by Jade Conroy of MSN Travel UK, with a prize for the best image. It was with a feeling of dread that as I searched through my rather vast photo collection, I realised my last trip...

Cultural Berlin in 4 images

By on Mar 12, 2014 in Europe, Photography, Travel | 1 comment

Toting my camera around Berlin was a rewarding experience and – as my friends will wearily attest – I took a lot of photos. The blend of architecture, from soviet blocks to modern glass, the free rein given to graffiti artists, and the open-air museums offering both iconic history and stunning art, offer a particularly potent blend for the photography-mad. I’ve narrowed down my vast album of wonky, blurred and not-perfectly-composed images, taken in excitement and haste, to these four, which show some of Berlin’s main cultural attractions.   East Side Gallery A huge, reconstructed section of the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg gives some impression of the scale of it, and of the eerie Nomansland in between the two sides. The wall is covered in original artworks from 1990, celebrating freedom and expressing political messages. Due to huge amounts of graffiti, some...

Friday Photo: A Portrait of Peru

By on Aug 24, 2012 in Travel | 4 comments

I love blogging, I really do. There are so many enjoyable things about it, but today my particular fondness for it comes from the opportunity it gives me to look back through all my travel photos in order to select images for posts, and particularly for the Friday Photo. Linking up with the #FriFotos theme of Faces, one of my enduring favourites from Peru is this very spontaneous shot I took at a parade in the town of Chavin. As schoolchildren in Sunday best marched by, I spotted this group of women opposite me and, in a gap between marching groups, I quickly snapped them. I thought they hadn’t even noticed me take their picture, what with people photographing the parade the whole time, but when I reviewed the photo, I noticed that one woman had caught me. Her expression is an absolute picture. I love the off-guard expressions of the others, but her gaze is the most powerful. I...

Photo Friday: The Artist

By on Feb 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s another art-themed Photo Friday, and this time, it’s about being an artist. So often, I find that travel and creativity go hand in hand. Both artists and travellers experience the world in a similar way; they absorb everything around them, they notice the detail that others miss, they have a desire to capture a moment and express it in their own style. This artist had set up his easel  on the edge of a gorge in the Dordogne Valley – not quite as scary as it sounds. If I’d had a bit more time there, I would have been tempted to do the same, because this was the view: What inspires you artistically?...

Photo of the Week News

By on Jan 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

A message from the editor, photos from you! I began Photo of the Week almost two months ago and I have really enjoyed the Friday game where you have all got so creative with one-word titles and with your photo submissions. We’ve had some wonderful photos and inspiring titles – I’m very grateful to everyone who’s participated. However, it may not seem it, but I’ve found it to be a pretty labour-intensive thing to run and at the moment, I simply don’t have the time to dedicate to it. So, here’s my proposal: If you have a great photo that you’d love to see on the site, then send it to me: katyat)starryeyedtravels(dot)com. If it suits Starry-Eyed Travels, I will feature it in the Friday slot. I’m keen for this site to be as interactive as possible, so I’m sorry to do anything which lessens that, but I hope you understand and...

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