No matter how far I travel, my holiday photographs are always going to be a standing joke in my family. “Would you like to see my pictures?” I ask proudly, full memory stick in one hand and battered, ‘beginner’ SLR in the other. “Sure,” they reply patiently. “How many of them are of children and stray dogs?”
I am trying to expand my repertoire. Nowadays I take photographs of stray cats and grown-up people too. But it’s always the same. I hiked for eight days in Chile’s Patagonia. I am certain that region invented the colour blue, what with all the glacial lakes and ice fields. Yet when it came to finding my favourite ‘blue’ photograph… there wasn’t a glacier in sight.
Below you’ll find the moments I chose to capture the colours White, Yellow, Red, Green and Blue after my friend and fellow blogger Arianwen at Beyond Blighty suggested I enter Travel Supermarket.com’s Capture The Colour competition.
Of course I started in all the logical places – looking for greens in the jungle and reds in the breathtaking waters of Colombia’s Caño Cristales but, true to form, I ended up finding the colours not in nature but in the crazy, messed-up chaos of community, from Colombia to India, via the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Still, I am broadening my horizons. I’ve selected just two photographs of children and there isn’t a stray dog in sight. My family will be delighted!
(p.s And now it’s over to you lovely people at Muselet, Bogota Eats and Drinks, La Blogotana, A Year Without Peanut Butter and Not In The Pink… consider this your invitation to dig out your most colourful photographs too! You can enter the competition here.)