Phra Achana, large seated stucco Buddha image in the attitude of Subduing Mara. Enshrined in the Madnapa of Wat Si Chum. Suhkothai, Thailand.
After a long day walking and cycling through the national park in the scorching heat, with only every now and then the chance the cool down in the shade, I was ready to go back to the hotel.
My partner however almost begged me to go see just one more temple. Though my attention span had expired, I agreed to just the one more temple.
When we slowly approached the Madnapa, I knew this was not 'just another temple'. And as we slowly walked into the square roofless building the Buddha revealed itself to us at His own pace.
For years travelling to the Far East, I've heard people say how they liked the particular expression of a figure of the Buddha they were talking about. As a non Buddhist Westerner the micro expressions were lost on me.
Until I saw this statue of the Buddha. I think this one has the most benevolent expression I have ever seen.
It turned out that my partner had 'saved' the best for last. So happy that he managed to convince me to join him!
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia.
Because there is no reference point in the image it's hard to grasp the enormity of this wall of ice.
Where the Perito Moreno Glacier reaches the shore of Lago Argentina, it is up to 80 meters high from water level, and in some points continues another 40 meters below water level!
There are hardly any words to describe the beauty of this site!
One lesson for the future I have learned from this image is something professional photographers have know for a long time: have a reference in the image so you can convey the enormity of something!
Exterior of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New-York City, New York.
I have always loved the shape of this iconic building.
This piece of art by Anish Kapoor at Millenium Park in Chicago, USA, is one of the most beautiful and emotionally profound pieces of sculpture I have ever seen.
It's as if it landed from some galaxy far, far away.
Art of this calibre and only be experienced in person. So should you find yourself in Chicago, IL with a little bit of extra time on your hands: head out to Millennium Park and experience this fantastic creation!
Empire State Building.
One of the hallmark buildingss in New-York City.
Unfortunately I during this trip I was not able to get to a good vantage point for good shots of the exterior. But perhaps the interior shows off the Art Deco style just as effectively.
I have very happy that I wasn't stopped by a guard or concierge while taking this shot.
The way the gold leaf reflects the light is beautiful!
Room with a view.
Weather, schedule and jetlag permitting I like to go on what I call a 'city photo safaris'.
Just walk around, take turns I don't know where they will lead. Sometime have myself dropped off by a taxi at spot I picked on a map and take it from there.
That's how I came across this young girl looking out of the window of a house on the outskirts of Inner Bangkok.
I really wanted to take a photo of here. So I asked her mother, who was preparing food outside the house, for permission.
After that it took over 30 minutes before the girl must have thought 'that strange man with the beard and camera are probably here to stay'. That was when she relaxed again and started leaning out of the window again in a natural and relaxed way.
The only time I was able to get out and about in New Delhi was on the same day that the President of the United States also graced the city with his presence.
The streets were strangely clean, and non of the 'horror' stories I had been told seemed to hold any truth that day.
During one of my 'city photo safari' a pleasant man approached me and offered me his services as a local guide. The fee he asked was next to nothing. Though looks can always be deceiving, I thought I could trust this man.
And more importantly, I was in dire need of someone who knew his way around because I had no idea where in the map I was.
During our walk we passed a man carrying a young child, perhaps his daughter or grandchild. I asked if I could take a quick snap portrait. This image is the result.
Most of the time I don't feel comfortable asking permission to take someone's photo in the street, but I never take one without permission. The biggest problem, except my not daring to ask, is that the spontaneity of the moment you wanted to capture is lost. Especially if you don't feel comfortable asking, this will show in the resulting image if the person agrees.
More practise needed!
Bhutan is a fairly unknown Himalayan kingdom, just under Nepal. And frankly the government doesn't mind. In fact they have an active policy to prevent the small kingdom from being trampled by tourist. At the same time making sure that the country gets a good amount of cash from the fixed number of tourist they do let in.
There were places that exuded such peace and tranquility!
We were lucky that it wasn't the high season so the monasteries and other landmarks weren't at all busy. Most of the times there was just another group of three tourist (we saw them almost every day, even though we were not in any way affiliated), us and the locals.
Perhaps that was one of the reasons why non of the people that I asked to be photographed ever even though about and answer. Within a second the monks had their robes draped in a super aesthetically pleasing way, relaxed their face and waited for a 'thank you' before they smiled and went about their business.
Perito Moreno Glacier.
Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina.
I like the way the mountain in the background is partly obscured by the clouds.
One of the most spectacular natural sceneries I've seen. The enormity of the ice plateau and the shades of blue just have to be witnessed in person.