Girl running in Egypt

I’m going to cheat a bit on this one and show you my two favorite travel photos. In my defense they were taken within about half an hour of each other so I can count them as one right? I took them on the road to the Valley of the Kings on that infamous Egypt trip, on my way to visit King Tutankhamun I saw two slices of humanity that stopped my heart.

The first was the little girl running in the photo above. She chased our car for as long as she could desperate to sell the little dolls she had clutched in her hand. I found it so sad that this girl, who should be learning, playing and carefree, was spending her days and her energy selling dolls to tourists.

Then just down the road I saw the five girls below, all in beautifully matching headscarfs. I don’t know where they were going but in my imagination they are off to cause all the usual sort of school girl trouble.

I know they are not perfect pictures, but they are ones that above all others have stayed with me throughout the years.


Girls walking Egypt

Richard Wilson’s 20:50 is a room in the Saatchi gallery half filled with oil. It creates a perfect reflection and gives the viewer a sense of divine vertigo (helped by the overwhelming smell of crude in the room).

Runawaykiwi’s 20:50 is this photo taken at 8:50pm in St Katherine docks. A still moment, of perfect reflection, in the middle of a hectic city.

St Katherine Docks

I really don’t feel like blogging today due to being a general grumpy bunny. Therefore I have instead decided to gift to you a picture which I call General Grumpy Bunny.

Think of it as your first Christmas Present. You are welcome.


General Grumpy Bunny

Once again I find myself walking down the virtual corridors of Colossal. And once again I have been given a lesson in the importance of knowing what you are looking at.

Take a gander at the portrait above by an attorney named Samuel Silva. At first glance you might think it is a photo which, while pretty and colourful, is not of any further note. Here is where the ‘knowing’ part comes in – Silva works only in Bic ballpoint pens. Knowing that the work above is created using normal run-of-the-mill ballpoints completely changes how you look at the portrait. It now becomes an object of wonder.

The original photo that the portrait was based on can be found here. If you want to know more, head over to the post on Colossal: This is Not a Photograph: Amazing Portrait Drawn with Ballpoint Pens by Samuel Silva