21 November 2011
Art Through The Lens
How far the wondrous art of photography has come since that intelligent French chap, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, took the first permanent photograph all the way back in 1826. Nearly 200 years on, technological advances have unimaginably changed our photographic capabilities. As that twinkly-eyed Irishman Dylan Moran says, “You only have to pick up an apple these days and it takes a picture of you.” Well, isn’t it all the better for capturing the beauty that is all around us? Here are some of the world’s most beautiful destinations that make for some stunning photographic opportunities.
KHAKI BAOLI SPICE MARKET, OLD DELHI
Operating since the 17th century, Khari Baoli in Old Delhi, India is Asia’s largest, most colourful wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts and herbs. The numerous bowls of spices dotting the myriad stalls make for an incredible sensory overload, not to mention some great photographs.
MEXICO BUTTERFLY MIGRATION
It’s one of nature’s miracles. Every year 250m butterflies migrate the 3,000 miles from the Great Lakes in Canada to the forests ofMexico The spectacle is one of the most incredible phenomena in the natural world and crying out to be captured on camera. As they cling and cover the forest, the trees look like they are breathing with colour, pulsing with the millions of butterflies fluttering around them.
LAVENDER FIELDS OF PROVENCE
Vast oceans of deep purple lay out before you in the lavender fields of sun kissed Provence. The heady scent of lavender meanders throughout the region and is strongest in the height summer. The splendour of these purple fields seems almost surreal upon first sight.
SCANDINAVIAN NORTHERN LIGHTS
Named after the Roman Goddess of dawn; Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas, the Aurora Borealis is one of the most magical natural wonders on earth. Myriads of colour whisper through the Scandinavian night sky, and can be seen throughout Europe and the US during very large auroral events. The lights make for some of most beautiful photographs imaginable.
SINGEL FLOWER MARKET, AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam is the tulip capital of the world and The Bloemenmarkt is the world’s only floating flower market on one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam, the Singel. The market was first held in 1862 and has since developed into the best-known flower market in Holland. Whatever your favourite flower, you are bound to find it here. Bashful blooms splash colour all over the canal.
THE JINKA OF ETHIOPIA
Jinka is the gateway to the tribes of Ethiopia and promises extraordinary photographic opportunities. The indigenous communities you’ll meet in this part of the world have had little contact with westerners, but with the help of a native translator you’ll get to know these remarkable tribesmen and women.
THE UYUNI SALT FLATS, BOLIVIA
Located in Southwest Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. During the winter rainy season Uyuni’s vast 4,085 square miles lay out like a magnificent mirror to the world. The mesmerising salt crusted horizons of this saline wilderness appear to melt into the piercing blue sky. You’ll find it nigh on impossible to take a bad photograph here.