*The House of Upper Austria*
At first when I walked past this door, I was attracted by the caryatids. Then the name struck me OÖ Haus, that’s a bit weird ? By the time I put my camera up, this stripy shirted guy walked past. I knew he wasn’t French, no baguette nor beret. Still, a fun shot. Oh and I just googled OÖ and apparently it’s the acronym for Upper Austria.
As I was walking around the State Opera house in Vienna, I saw this wonderfully backlit fountain, but I struggled to find the right way to shoot it. I wanted the water to glitter in the way I saw it, but that meant the bottom of the fountain deep in the shadows. And then I thought that that might exactly be the right of dramatic exposure that would work. I’ll let you be the judge !
*Under the Gaze of Gods*
As you would expect, Vienna is full of classical architecture, and while I was a little bit shocked at times as to how much the city has let modern brands mar the facades, some pieces of architecture are mostly unscathed. This statue of (I’m assuming) some Greek gods quite appealed to me, and just then the ticket salesman walked past, talking on his phone with his little trolley…
*Inside Mariahilf Church*
Mariahilf Church in Vienna is quite a majestic sight, and the inside is as impressive as the outside, if not more. The pulpit is particularly adorned and quite spectacular.
As I was walking down the road leading from my hotel to the old city center in Vienna, I saw this beautiful church (Mariahilf) with a statue in front. I didn’t know who the statue was until the internet later gave me the answer : it represents Austrian composer Josef Haydn.
One of the fun sights in Yaowarat in Bangkok was watching people eat on the streets, seated on these tiny stools with tiny tables in front of them. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get high quality service as this photo demonstrates !
*Durian Cooler Chat*
I know I write a lot about the smell of Durian, but those who have never been subjected to its sickly sweet odour just cannot understand how much Durian stinks for us non Asians. So sitting on a bench in front of a durian stand to chat, that seems just insane to me!
I love tuk-tuks. Sure, it can be a bit scary at times, but you experience the hustle and bustle of the city so much more vividly in a tuk-tuk. I often take photos from the side, most of them wasted because we’re moving too fast. I also try to frame the drivers in their mirrors, and last time I was in Bangkok I got a nice one (I thought) driving into the sunset.
*Checking the Bill*
You know by now that I find the barechested men in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) interesting subjects. Usually however, when they’re not working, they’re checking their phones. Not this guy !
Lots of tattooed people here in Hong Kong. I’ve been trying to get a shot of this type for a while. I kind of wish the other person hadn’t been so near, but I think it works nonetheless.