Last week I shared my top ten wedding photos of 2010. This week I thought I would share my top ten travel photos taken during the same year. I might not have traveled as much as I would have liked to in 2010, but I sure traveled to two special places: Lebanon, where I lived in 2006 and a country that remains close to my heart, and Malta, my girlfriend’s home country
If you know me well, you would know how much I love traveling and how instrumental that influence has been on my photography. It was a trip to Brazil in 2007 that convinced me to buy my first DSLR camera, and a trip to Guatemala a year later when I fell in love with travel photography.
When I am in a foreign country, I love walking streets, taking in the different sights, sounds, and smells. I enjoy observing people as they go by their everyday life, their ways and customs often new to me. Much beauty is to be found in such observations and I have indeed encountered beauty in the most unlikely of places, time after time on my travels. Whether it be the slums of Africa or a street engraved with history in Europe, I always spot something beautiful and inspiring.
As aforementioned, in 2010 I had the opportunity to travel to Beirut, Lebanon and Malta. I shot thousands of photos in my short two and a half weeks of travel and so it was hard to pick my favorite ten. Below is my final selection (in no particular order). Some photos focus on the lands, others on their people. I hope you enjoy the selection!
A fruit seller, photographed in Beirut, a common sight in the city.
I especially love the colors of the dilapidated apartment block in this photo,also shot in Beirut.
This young man’s portrait was taken in Beirut. I was photographing a street when he stopped me and asked me to take his photo. Usually, when this happens, the photos tend to be more posed, but I find that this photo allows us to see more than just a man posing for a picture.
One of Valletta’s beautiful balconies overlooking the harbor.
Preparing for night: a lantern in Mdina lit up just before sunset.
One of the many alleys I got lost in while discovering the beauty and mystery of Malta’s fortified old capital city, Mdina.
This night shot of Mdina captures the romance of this city. Even the stars are noticeable on such a perfect night.
Valletta as seen from Birgu.
Birgu’s harbor at night.
Thanks for going through my favorite travel shots of 2010. Please feel free to comment on your favorite.