Hostelbooker’s 7 Super Shots
Looking through old pictures is one of the best ways to reflect. Our choices about what to photograph speak volumes about ourselves at that time in our lives. When Christine in Spain proposed that I take part in Hostelbooker’s 7 Super Shots I knew that it wouldn’t be easy for me to decide on the photos. This is not because I have too many super shots to choose from– if anything it’s the opposite! I think that sharing a picture with the world is personal– it’s more than just a pretty landscape or travel souvenir. Pictures are one of the most important ways that I connect the past and present, reflect on my 25 years of life, and create my dreams for the future. So here are my 7 super shots, carefully chosen and hoping you enjoy:
A Photo That Takes My Breath Away
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Before investing in a decent camera and reading some great tutorials, I’d just snap away, assuming that my pictures would capture more or less what I was seeing. Now, looking through my old pictures, I yearn to return to all of the beautiful places I’ve been and take pictures with a fresh eye. This shot was taken on the canals of Amsterdam and was one of those lucky moments where all of the elements aligned and left me with a stunning shot. The sun had just set and Amsterdam was transitioning into its exciting nighttime personality. I’ll always wonder about the owner of the yellow bike with the decorative basket…
A Photo That Makes Me Laugh or Smile
When my family comes to visit us in Spain I always try my best to get them to see the country as I do, encouraging them to appreciate things that tourists often miss. For my wedding last summer my entire family came to Alejandro’s small city— even Isabella, my two-year-old neice. As someone who had dreamed of traveling abroad since childhood, it was amazing to see Bella experience a new culture without even realizing it. I loved watching her try Spanish foods and enjoy the sightseeing with the rest of us. Here we are on the ferry from El Puerto de Santa María to Cadiz and she’s enjoying her breakfast– freshly baked bread!
A Photo That Makes Me Dream
Visiting breathtaking Tulum, Mexico was one of the best day trips I’ve ever taken. Looking at the pictures from Tulum’s ruins (and from the Riviera Maya in general) make me dream of visiting again. The bright blue Caribbean waters are incredibly breathtaking. I’m ready to go back anytime!
A Photo That Makes Me Think
This little boy is marching in Seville’s Semana Santa, whose Holy Week Processions are arguably the most famous in the world. I find this shot the ultimate representation of Seville’s culture– most young children are swept up in the Semana Santa traditions long before they understand the history and religious significance of the events. This child is a mix of old and new, dressed in the traditional costume of his family’s brotherhood while playing on his mother’s cell phone.
A Photo That Makes My Mouth Water
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
I searched my archives for my best food photography, but I decided to leave the gorgeous tapas, thin sliced serrano ham, and markets full of fruits and vegetables for this: a slice of Key Lime Pie. While living abroad and traveling often I am exposed to some phenomenal, interesting and beautiful food. But as an expat, I miss a great slice of pie!
A Photo That Tells A Story
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In 2007 I stayed with a retired Argentine couple as I studied for a semester in dynamic Buenos Aires. Elena and Gustavo were some of the warmest people I’ve ever met. Immediately welcomed into their family, here we were at Grandfather’s birthday party– 4 generations sharing his special day.
A Photo That I Am Most Proud Of (A National Geographic Shot)
I don’t think I have any pictures worthy of National Geographic, but I’m working on it! Despite my shortcomings, I love this shot, taken in Patagonia, Argentina also back in 2007 with my first point and shoot camera. It’s proof that sometimes the scenery is just so gorgeous that no photography skill is necessary! I’d love to return to these windswept trees one day with my husband.
Many wonderful bloggers have already participated in Hostelbooker’s 7 Super Shots, but I’d love to nominate a four more awesome bloggers: