Exploring The Elements

I‘ve just read an article called “How to travel” (I know, I don’t know why I bothered either) by an author who is against the idea of travelling with cameras. Take a notebook instead, she said. Scribble your thoughts and your dreams. Don’t live your life through a lens. Well, I’m a notebook person. I write everywhere, all the time. A few days ago I even wrote half an article on a Bogotá bus, because I was so worried I would lose my train of thought. And I still think she misses the point. Some moments are so rare, so beautiful and so representative of a place, only a photograph will do.

My holiday snaps rarely see the light of day but today I was nominated to enter them in a photo competition, run by Thomas Cook. They’re looking for travel photographs which represent the four elements; earth, water, fire and air. I’ve found a picture to explore each of those and suggest my compadres Barranquilla or Bust, Beyond Blighty, A Year Without Peanut Butter, Richard McColl and Not In The Pink do the same. Viva la fotografía!


BEDTIME: Three sleepy monkeys huddle for warmth in the rafters of a restaurant in Amazonas, Colombia.
LAND OF NOD: Three monkeys bed down for the night in Amazonas, Colombia


SOAKING UP THE SUN: Beachgoers in Tulum, Mexico are not the only ones enjoying the rays.
SUN WORSHIP: Beachgoers in Tulum, Mexico are unaware they have company


FORBIDDEN PASSION: Couples learn to tango in a discreet warehouse in Buenos Aires, Argentina
NEW PASSIONS: Couples learn to tango in a Buenos Aires warehouse, Argentina

Like this? You’ll love Colombia a comedy of errors.


  1. Ceri

    Oh crappola, I totally saw this too late but I’m definitely going to do it. 😀 Thanks suggesting it, hun. Your pictures are incredible though, hun. I haven’t been able to take my eyes off the Fire and Water ones for the last five minutes.

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