We're still learning the ropes of this photography thing, but living and and travelling around Europe, we're surrounded by no shortage of colour. So here we go.
WHITE: During our weekend in Venice last summer Jess caught this little intimate moment on camera: a shot of Mike and a bit of Italian sunshine bursting through the shuttered windows of our hotel room. No, it's not the most glamorous of travel photos - no pretty landscape, no quirky locals, no expensive lenses or overzealous Photoshop doctoring. But not many photographs capture the feeling of a memory, and for us this one does.
RED: During a road trip from Mayrhofen to Vienna, Austria, we stopped at the Mauthausen Gusen concentration camp. The plastic flowers laid at its memorials were a poignant reminder of the humanity that still endures in that cold, isolated, and unimaginably cruel place. Jess wrote about her impressions of the site, and the importance of visiting it, in this blog post.
GREEN: As we drove through the Greek mountains in the Spring of 2011, alternately marvelling at our surroundings and white-knuckling the steering wheel down impossibly narrow roads next to the sheerest of cliffs, we were stopped in our tracks by a herd of sheep. Like a scene from a movie, with the sun setting behind us, it was incredible. During our time in the Greek mountains we frequently encountered shepherds tending their flocks. For us, they came to be symbolize the little pockets of authentic culture and tradition that the luckiest of us travellers come to find. Like sheep in the middle of the road, those little pockets stop you dead in your tracks. And you're grateful for it.
BLUE: This is the La Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias de Valencia (City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia) which we discovered during our trip to Valencia in November of 2011. This photo is a reminder of all that Valencia was for us: vibrant, modern, and stunningly surprising. (Incidentally, this was also the first trip we ever blogged about!)
YELLOW: We are firm believers in travelling at home. Our blog is a testament to that. And our favourite travel photos are those we capture right here in our backyard, on the little island in the middle of the Mediterranean that we have made our home. If we had to chose a colour to represent Malta it would be yellow. The searing sunshine, the yellow wildflowers that cover the island in the springtime, the bloom of the prickly pear cactus, the honey coloured limestone that is the cornerstone - literally - of Maltese architecture. The shades of yellow on this island become most vibrant (almost surreal) at sunset, during that golden hour that photographers so covet. When the last fingers of sunlight touch the limestone fortifications of Birgu (pictured above) and Valletta, the skyline comes alive in a golden hue that is completely unique to these shores. And it is nothing short of magical.
As part of the contest we are nominating five other travelling bloggers to participate:
// Jay - From There to Here
// Liz - Explore. Dream. Discover.
// Kristina - Le Fabuleux Destin
// Jenna - A Home Away from Home
// Nicole - La Mia Vita
Best of luck!
- Mike & Jess