A photo from my archives: Doors in Dublin

Dublin, Ireland, 2009.

The colourful doors, typical of Georgian architecture, are one of the most popular landmarks of Dublin. Elegant Georgian homes featured in Dublin starting in the early 18th century, a time of prosperity for the city. These homes were built according to strict architectural guidelines and were therefore very similar. To set themselves apart, residents of Dublin started painting their front doors of different colours and adding ornate knockers, elegant fanlights and wrought iron boot scrapers.

The result is the very colourful appearance of the Georgian homes!

Unfortunately from the 1950’s most of these houses were demolished as part of redevelopment plans and replaced by office blocks and government buildings. Many still remain, though, and can be seen in several neighbourhoods of Dublin.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Contrast: the tree primary colours in one picture.
As seen in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rauma, Finland.

Featuring in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story -2

That split second of non-verbal communication between two Black Hmong women in Vietnam.

Featuring in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story

Walking past a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang in the early morning offered some unusual opportunities to document the monks’ lives.

Featyuring in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

A photo from my archives: Brujos of Catemaco

Catemaco, Mexico, 2012.

Catemaco is a town in the Veracruz state, east central Mexico, and a large part of its county forms the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, an area of beautiful mountains, volcanoes, lakes and coastal lagoons.
But it’s not all about nature here! Catemaco claim to fame is also related to its brujos/brujas (shamans and witches). As you walk around town you will repeatedly stumble across signs advertising potions, spells, herbal medicines, and many other witchcraft-related items and activities. The house in my photo was just one of the many examples, and it stood out for its use of primary colours.
Witchcraft is everywhere: even boat (lancha) rides over the Lake Catemaco will stop at odd locations and you will be advised that “Today there is incredible energy around the lake and it’s the right day for a spell. You can have it done here”. No thanks. And surely tomorrow you will say the same thing to another tourist, and another, and another…

A photo from my archives: A painter’s workshop

Turku, Finland, 2013.

The Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum in Turku is an outdoor museum that will take you about 200 years back in time. Over 30 workshops from different fields of craftmanship display Turku’s handicrafts history and craftsmen’s dwellings (all from 18th and 19th century).
I especially loved the painter’s workshop: the tins of bright colours on the table and the light coming from the window made it a beautiful sight.

A photo from my archives: Man fixing a watch

Penang, Malaysia, 2011.

While in Penang my watch band broke and after much searching around I found a little shop that seemed promising. I went in, explained to the owner what I needed, and then as he started replacing the band using his old-fashioned tools I took this photo.