Gallery: pick a word (March 2023)
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember itGabriel Garcia Marquez
For most of us photos are an integral to our memories of life’s events. How we remember them is shaped by the moments we captured. Reading that quote I realised that in my travel photography I am usually juggling two aims. I want to capture the ‘what’, create a documentary record of each trip. But I’m also interested in ‘how’ I record and remember it, striving to create the best images I can.
For this month’s Pick a Word challenge I am focusing on my recent trip to Colombia. To my amazement I managed to find a photo among the many I took there to fit all five of Paula’s words.
As always I haven’t stuck only to Paula’s five words, although I do try to be succinct. This time I’m telling you just a little about each image, as all of them are likely to appear again in longer posts about the different places we visited in that incredible country.
The Muisca Raft, an exhibit in the Museo del Oro in Bogota
This stunning piece dates from some time in the 14th century and depicts the gold offering ceremony described in the legend of El Dorado. In this ceremony the local chief, the zipa, would cover himself in gold dust and sail out on to Lake Guatavita, a crater lake in the eastern Andes, on a ceremonial raft made of rushes. There he would throw gold objects into the lake as offerings to the gods, before immersing himself in the water.
A White Fronted Capuchin Monkey in Tayrona National Park
Our guide made the mistake of giving one monkey a piece of guava. This caused a bit of friction in the troop, and they got rather cheeky in their demands for more.
On a house in Guatapé
The buildings in this town are almost all decorated with friezes along the lower portion, known as zócalos. The designs usually reflect the owners’ occupation, beliefs or simply something they like. This is, or was, clearly the cobbler’s property.
I shared a street of these houses in one of my ‘postcards’ from Colombia.
Hat seller at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena
The Spaniards used slaves from Africa to build this fort. Although called a castle, it was never lived in but was built purely as a fortification to defend the city from attack by land.
A window in the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, also in Cartagena
The church is dedicated to San Pedro Claver, a monk who devoted his life to helping the slaves. The window depicts him preaching to some of them.
That was a tough challenge but if anyone could do it, you could, and you did! 😉
Thanks so much – it’s the toughness that makes this challenge fun and rewarding 😀
You’ve made some good choices here Sarah – I can see you’ve thought it through! Very interesting story about The Muisca Raft and I like the colourful house in Guatapé.
I enjoy the challenge of matching up to Debbie’s words each month – I’m glad you feel I’ve got it right! Much more to come from Guatapé in due course – the whole town looks like this 😀
Lovely pictures…as always! I often recollect my travel tale by putting my pictures in sequence….that can be a great guide specially on long trips!
I keep each day’s photos in a separate folder on my tablet (‘day one’, ‘day two’ etc) and transfer those folders to my laptop on my return 🙂
Excellent. If you keep on posting photographs like that, I might stop posting. Out of shame… 😉
You have a very particular way with colours… 👍🏻
Thank you 😊 But please don’t stop sharing yours, that would be a real shame and not the impact I want to make at all! As to the colours, I quite like them to pop in some shots and stay muted in others, so I often adjust the balance a little in post-editing.
The golden raft is incredible! I’m always amazed at the detail they use in such small pieces. 🙂
Indeed, and you have prompted me to think that I should have mentioned the size, as it’s impossible to tell from my photo! I reckon it’s only about 12 cm maximum in length.
that’s amazing to fit such detail on something so small!
I underestimated a little it seems – it was in a large glass case so perhaps looked smaller than it is. I just checked Wikipedia and apparently it is 19.5 cm (7.7 in) x 10.2 cm (4.0 in) x 10.1 cm (4.0 in) 🙂
that’s still pretty small to fit such detail on, especially being out of gold
As I understand it, they used a technique known as lost wax. They made the model out of wax, created a mould around that, then melted the wax so it poured out, filled the spaces with molten gold and let that cool and harden before breaking open the mould to reveal the final object.
A variety of beautiful photos. thank you.
Thank you, I’m glad you like them 🙂
Yes, photos are magical in that they do take us back in time whether that be travel or just moments that transform an ordinary into something else. The mischievous image is my favourite, I can’t image why 🙂
Thank you Suzanne – that one is my favourite too 😀
I like that you have been able to link the words to time spent in Columbia 🙂
I was surprised to be able to, tbh!
Personified for me – but also Rampart because I love walls!!!!
That fort is a great place for a wall-lover!
A great gallery. The stained glass window surprised me as it would be at home in any European parish church. But then … it would, wouldn’t it?
Yes, exactly so – that church was built after San Pedro died (it holds his remains) but while the Spanish were still firmly in power.
Another lovely gallery.
Thank you Jude 😀
Oh, love these, Sarah! Especially authentic, mischievous and personified 😊😊
Thank you Sue 😊 I always like to hear which ones people like best!
So do I, but don’t often find out!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Lovely choices of words and images, Sarah.
Thanks so much Kellye, glad you liked them 🙂
Beautiful treasurers Sarah!
Thank you Anne 😊