Five Favourite Photos in Five Favourite Categories

People.

I don’t often photograph people, mostly because I am a bit timid about asking permission.

One of the best things I did to overcome the bravery problem was volunteering to do some of the photography while I was working at UBC Chemistry. This photo is a favourite because I was supposed to get some ‘happy student, happy prof’ photos, and my first attempts were quite boring. Then I asked the students if there was anything they didn’t completely understand about their last lecture, and they started asking their prof questions, completely forgetting that I was standing there with a camera.students questioning Irma about something they didn't completely understand about their Chem 123 lab Lab Skills Competition at UBC Chemistry Department for Grade 12 students using motion blur to disguise the ID of anyone under 18 who were not able to give the university legal permission to put ‘recognizable’ photos of them up on the web. I did a couple of ‘blur’ smears on anyone that was recognizable.Lab Skills Competition at UBC Chemistry Department for Grade 12 students using motion blur to disguise the ID of anyone under 18Although these three guys look rather disreputable, they were really rather sweet, and even invited us over for dinner that the ‘leader’ would cook just for us. This is one of my favourite shots because it represents the kind of street photography that I had always wanted to do but never had the nerve, and I have to thank my work experience for that.the local gang, Bundi, IndiaSome mischievous boys in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2007 Cambodia was still dealing with the painful residue of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. But the children gave me hope for the country. 2 shots of boys goofing around in Siem Reap, CambodiaMark McDermott explaining how he paints his hyper-realistic oranges in his Vancouver studio.
hyper-realistic oranges on one of Mark McDermott's paintings in studio in Vancouver, Canada

Telling details.

I like photos of the little details which add to a story.

Mark McDermott’s palette of the range of orange paint needed to paint a hyper-realistic orange. palette of oranges needed to produce the hyper-realistic oranges on one of Mark McDermott's paintings in studio in Vancouver, Canada

Virgin in a glass ball at the cemetery at Gurteen Beach, Ireland. Virgin in a Glass Ball at the Cemetery at Gurteen Beach, IrelandI spotted a CCTV with its modern technological security in the Ananda Pagoda, one of the many ancient temples in Bagan, MyanmarCCTV Temple Security in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarDetail of the silver ‘rooster’ buttons on the black pants a Mexican Mariachi costume.A close-up shot of the silver 'rooster' buttons on the black pants a Mexican Mariachi costume.Four live pigs in baskets being transported by motorcycle in Luang Prabang, Laos.four live pigs in baskets being transported by motorcycle in Luang Prabang, LaosLittle monk playing with a gun on the temple grounds at the ‘End of Inle Lake’ in Myanmar said something about the Buddhist religion that I didn’t want to acknowledge.
Little Monks Playing with Gun in the Temple

Places.

The Disneyesque temple from a distance rises above the oxen and motorcycles in the village at the ‘End of Inle Lake’ in Myanmar. This place was like being caught in a time warp.Oxen and Motorcycles at Shangrila at the End of Inle Lake (Myanmar)

Tree skeleton on Tofino’s Tonquin Trail, Canada. What can I say, I have this thing for tree skeletons.Tree skeleton on Tofino's Tonquin Trail, CanadaIreland has to rate as the place where I took the most photos, somewhat astounding considering the country was coloured mostly in shades of grey and green. The cemeteries were always wonderful and moody…Celtic cross on Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands in IrelandI have a ton of photos of Utah as well, and they are mostly red. This is ‘The Wave’, striped sandstone surf near the Utah/Arizona Borderlands, USA. There is a lottery to get in and it is well worth the effort…'The Wave', striped sandstone surf near the Utah/Arizona Borderlands, USAAn unexpectedly emotional journey for me when we decided to detour into France and ended up at the Vimy Memorial. It later turned out that my grandfather had fought there for most of World War 1 and was one of the few survivors of that brutal war.Vimy Ridge Memorial in the Fog

Light.

I’ve never seen a sunset I didn’t like but there are so many faves among them that I wouldn’t know where to start. So here I pick my favourites amongst other types of light.

Through an arch, ‘Golden Hour’ light shines on Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, Canada. I took a lot of shots as we were walking across the bridge at just the right time of day.Through an arch, Golden hour on Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, CanadaSubtle storm lighting turns an accidental garden into a piece of surreal magic, Finn Slough, Steveston, BC.tiny garden on the sloughPeople kept saying, “You know it rains a lot in Bali in November.” But along with the slashing rain and dark skies there’s also fog. Bali rates as the most atmospheric country, and has the most magical foregrounds.  Bali temple with red umbrellaRiding the lights at the PNE Fair, one of Al’s tripod shots during the ‘Blue Hour’. riding the lights at the PNE FairRefrescos de sabor limón. I take lots of photos of drinks with the sun shining through them. The other night a server passed with a tray of some dark drinks full of ice cubes, and I tried to but didn’t manage to grab a shot. This is a favourite, Refrescos de sabor limón at the Vancouver Latin Fest.refrescos de sabor limón

Abstraction.

I’m always on the lookout for abstractions of ordinary things.

A gallery of abstract paintings, courtesy of the mold formations on the walls of Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia. This one I called ‘red river outflow into an icy sea’.
red river outflow into an icy seaCharcoal heater beside our table on a chilly balcony in Hanoi, Vietnam.charcoal heater beside our table on a chilly balcony in HanoiFresnel glass, used in lighthouse beacons, is part of this glass exhibit in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam, Holland.
Fresnel glass, used in lighthouse beacons, is part of this glass exhibit in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam, HollandLayers of sun-exposed tape and cut-up posters form a mural on a wall in Bangkok, Thailand.  layers of tape and cut-up posters form a mural on a wall in BangkokDiptych abstract of a compared with a mouldy wall with a strip of orange paint in Mexico combined with a Bronze Age wall made up of alternating panels of both the orange inner bark and the white outside bark of the birch tree at Tanum in Sweden. Diptych abstract of a Bronze Age wall made up of alternating panels of both the orange inner bark and the white outside bark of the birch tree, at Tanum in Sweden, compared with a mouldy wall with orange paint that is peeling, interesting in its own way
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2 responses to “Five Favourite Photos in Five Favourite Categories

  1. I would love to take more photos of interesting people, but mostly don’t dare. We love old phots because they have got people in. Our descendants ( if they are able to access digital photos! ) will think there were few people around in early21st century.

  2. This is an outstanding collection Elizabeth. I can see why you had difficulty choosing only three – you have a wide range and diversity of images. I especially liked your smidgen of story behind each. Excellent.

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