Thanks to Michael Figueiredo of Strux Travel for asking me to join in the 7 Super Shots series. The project was started by HostelBookers, who created the categories for which I’ve submitted the photos below. I hope that you enjoy them and have the same reactions as I do.
Here’s a photo that ….
Takes my breath away
The surreal vistas of the Badlands in South Dakota elicit strong reactions. I was struck by the beauty of the vast desolation. The warm wind blowing on that hot summer day intensified the effect.
Makes me smile
Ho! Ho! Ho! I loved seeing this policeman and his festive horse in front of the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It helped to put me in the Christmas spirit and looking at the photo always puts a smile on my face.
Makes me dream
Oh, how I wish I had tried to find that pot of gold! It might have been there at the end of this double rainbow, but we just kept driving. The photo does make me dream about good things to come in life.
Makes me think
The Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jew of Europe) in Berlin, Germany is stark and powerful.
The intent of the design was to evoke the sense of hopelessness and disorientation that the Jews felt during the Holocaust. I was absorbed in thoughts of this tragic part of history as I walked through the rows of 2,711 uneven concrete slabs.
Makes my mouth water
I usually forget to take photos of food until I’ve already started to eat, resulting in an unappetizing picture. But this one I shot right after it was served at San Benito House in Half Moon Bay, California. It wasn’t a fancy or exotic dish, but it was certainly delicious. Looking at the photo makes me crave a cheeseburger and fries.
Tells a story
This photo tells a tale of old Route 66 through the Mojave Desert in California. The highway was a major route from Chicago to Los Angeles until the interstate highway system made it obsolete. Motels, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses once flourished along the way. Now empty, boarded up buildings like these in Ludlow, CA along lonely stretches of highway tell stories of changing times and travelers throughout the years. Among those stories are a few of my own. I remember traveling from Chicago to California as a kid with my family, excited to be headed for Disneyland and Hollywood.
Photo I’m most proud of — (aka My worthy of National Geographic shot)
I didn’t follow the rules in this category because I see it as two separate topics. A “National Geographic photo” brings to my mind scenic landscapes, space and sea exploration, and cultural photo essays. Going by that definition, I submit the photo above taken at Glacier National Park. It was quite hazy that day, but I don’t think it takes away from the beauty of the mountains and reflections in the water.
The photo that I’m actually the most proud of is the one below taken in Antwerp Belgium’s Central Station which is called “The Railway Cathedral”. I like how the lighting and angles give it an edgy, yet elegant look that captures the ambiance of this grand railway station. The photo was very well received when I published it in a previous blog post.
This project has given me a chance to take a fun and fresh look at some of my favorite photos. As part of the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots project, I’m nominating these exceptional bloggers to share their 7 Super Shots.