Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Week Around The World In Photos (Vol. 1)

 A few years back, these were the two work essentials which gave me an excuse to putter around.

A lightbox and magnifying loupe via

Photographic slides via

One of the perks of being an editorial assistant was I was the first one to see photographic transparencies, otherwise known as trannies (yes, actually), sent by our pool of photographers--that is, when the editors were out and about in events and photo shoots. By the time they come back to the office, I already had my picks. Some made it for printing; some to the editorial cork board (our version of Pinterest). Some were saved in discs overwriting files after files until computers would no longer read them. Some I kept. Some were just plain rubbish. Those made the bin.

The lightbox and loupe were my lenses to the shoots and pictorials I couldn't go to. I got to know photographers through their visual compositions, aside from the type of film rolls they used to request from me (I've worked with some who refused to buckle down to digital photography until they really had to). Simply put, I just enjoyed and loved looking at photos before they appear on the graphic artist's editing screen.

The past few weeks, I've been posting interesting and humorous photos on my Facebook personal blog page found online and via my readings . I was inspired by a website called Messy Nessy Chic whose online finds are so eclectic, intriguing and gripping, I wonder if she made a pact with the devil in exchange for rare photos, snapshots and info.

I'm fascinated by photography and photos, albeit on the spectator side. Between words and pictures, the latter  have an immediate impact even with just a glance, and this my editorial roots understand.

So, to create a balance between posts that I've worked very hard to write and put together, and to hold the interest of other readers, 'scrollers and scanners' and occasional online surfers, I decided to migrate my Facebook page daily posts to Blogger and start a blog project which I'll call  The Week Around The World.

As much as I can, and when the prison called work doesn't get in the way, I will be sharing on a regular basis the photos that captured me for that week. Some of you who also check my Facebook page will see repeats so I beg you not to get sick of it. I'll occasionally use products of my amateur photography skills to feature scenes that nudge my curiosity and awe.

Shall we start?

This week around the world. . .

Testing The Tribute in Light in New York for the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The skies over Crummock Water, Lake District, Cumbria, Northwest England, show first signs of autumn.

The Nocqua 2000 light strip took inventor Billy Rossini two years to develop. Fed up with surfing being only a daytime hobby for him, he was inspired by yachts he saw with underwater lights, while paddling through a Florida marina. The light strip doesn't affect the buoyancy of the board, can be used as an SOS strobe light, and is perfect for catching lobsters at night as they're attracted to the light!

For £750, you and a friend can dangle up the Bavarian Alps or a tree branch. The amount pays for a day's climbing tuition, a personal instructor who brings a safety harness and extra strength ropes, and breathtaking views. Campers up for more exciting pursuits can only bring a sleeping bag and basic dinner. For the same price, you can get holed up at The Ritz.

Planning on extending your house? Get inspired by this one from Guangdong, China. Literally took the meaning of building up.

No, they're not desperately queueing for a Birkin, Kelly or H belt. This is Project Bandaloop performing a facade ballet at the new Hermes boutique in Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. Under the direction of Amelia Rudolph, the project is an aerial choreography of dance, sport, ritual and environmental awareness reminiscent of climbing & rappelling.

Havin' a bad hair day? Don't worry, you're not alone. Hers was so bad on a gig in Berlin last weekend, you wouldn't recognise this Icelandic pop star.

Still guessing?

You might recall her wearing this infamous costume, errr, evening dress.

 Thank you for looking!

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  1. Do you have an Chinwags instagram account yet? or pinterest? I have pinterest so let me know what your pin is - not yet on instagram though...x

    1. Instagram yes (Chinwags). Rarely post there but love looking at people's photos. No pinterest coz I can't keep up with all these tech stuff, plus I'm losing my mind over passwords, etc! x

  2. What a varied selection of photographs. I've no doubt the views from dangling up the Bavarian Alps would be breathtaking but I think I would take The Ritz option!

    1. I agree, the views up there must be stunning, judging from the photo alone, but you're right, I prefer to stay at The Ritz :)

  3. I love this idea babes, especially given most of them are so funny, they really make me giggle. My favourites have to be the two photos of the Bavarian Alps, because although I'd prefer the Ritz, I wouldn't mind including this adventure on my bucket list. The Twin Towers photo, well......I don't need to say how beautiful this is, it's superfluous. As for the "oh so quiet" character, I don't think I'm surprised, she has to compete with the likes of Gaga now doesn't she?

    Hope you had a lovely weekend xx

    p.s. i need to do a bit more work on instagram too!

    1. I'm glad the photos make you giggle, coz that's what I aim to do :D And thanks for finding my idea a good one. Some photos are just so funny, they must be shared. Others are so moving. I'd say the tree view and Bavarian Alps would be something I'll do if I have extra time to travel. At the moment, I barely have time for most things, so not in my itinerary yet. Oh yes, the famous pop star from Iceland has lots of catching up to do with Gaga.
      Have a lovely week and I'm watching you on Instagram x

  4. These photos are all beautiful! And it's such a cool concept to a post of events around the world!


    1. Hello Hayfa,

      Welcome to my page and thank you for leaving a comment!
      I'm so pleased you like the idea.
      More soon!

      Have a good week :)

  5. amazing photos, soo eye catching!!! really different style of blog youve got! glad i stopped by =]

    1. Thanks Bobby!
      Glad you like it.
      Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely week :)

  6. Haha, I did see Bjork and hear about that concoction of hers in the week. What a great site as well, I love the diverse images that you included. x/Madison :)

    1. Thanks Madison! We all need a good innocent laugh sometimes. She's such a great talent, but not quite spot on with her outfits.
      More photos coming!
      Have a lovely week x


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