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Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located in the west of Morocco at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains.  Like almost every Moroccan city, Marrakech includes both an old city called the Medina and a modern one called Gueliz. Marrakech is considered one of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco, with two cities — the old medina, as the ancient walled Arab metropolis is called, and Guéliz, the name given to the part of town created by the French in 1913.

Surrounded by a vast palm grove, the medina in Marrakech is called the “red city” because of the rose hue of its buildings and ramparts of beaten clay, which were built during the residence of the Almohads during the 1100’s.  As your aeroplane begins to descend into Marrakech, you’ll notice a heavy dusting of reddish-pink earth across the land below.  The view is striking if not a bit eerie.

The city’s inviting pink walls, alleys and palaces have, over time, provided a calm and restive centre for both tourists and residents. A thriving and pulsating traditional undertone holds the city together, despite the onslaught of thousands of tourists month after month.

Marrakech always stays true to itself as well as its culture.  In terms of their mannerisms and attire, the people of Marrakech have held onto and preserved yesteryear despite rapid modernization around the city.  You’ll find Marrakech a breath of fresh air compared to our fast-paced world of technology.

Intricate designs on alluring wares, reminiscent of a bygone era, still line the narrow alleyways as shopkeepers shout out to tourists who lose themselves to the rose-tinted hues of the city.  And yes, it’s terribly easy to be lost in the Medina of Marrakech.

The story of this mystical city unfolds down the narrow alleys that one can only walk through.  Expect to feel wonderfully lost while you meander through the confusing curves while at the same time distracted by a kaleidoscope of treasures, chattering voices and the authentic display of everyday Marrakech life.  If you do get lost, don’t panic.  Keep meandering until you find your footing.

The pink city, or “Al Hamra” in the local dialect, tantalizes its visitors with a tantalizing mix of casual high culture and the genuine rural earthiness of the villages.   I always say Marrakech has one foot in the twenty-first century and one foot in the past.  Even in Marrakech, it is not uncommon to see a sleek BMW cruising down the road with a donkey pulled cart trailing behind.

The convergence of perhaps the most exotic cultures in the world exist right here in this dusty red city. Arabian, African, and European influences are found in the streets and the city’s charming people.    The energy of Marrakech will energize your senses and remind you why you love to travel.

Marrakech is like the ever-shifting sands of the Sahara Desert – there is an array of culture, tradition and strong beliefs that mix together to successfully mesmerize every visitor.

This is a city of mysticism, romance, theatricals and even modern-day royalty.  Marrakech gives you a glimpse of a life that can be enjoyed simply with a few moments of flare; a world apart from our own realities of life.

To derive a definitive list of reasons to visit Marrakech is nearly impossible.  This electric city will touch all your senses and for different reasons.  I’ve visited Marrakech numerous times.  When I close my eyes now, these particular elements are ones I love about Marrakech :
-Exploring the Medina and Getting Lost
-Treasure Hunting in the Souks
-The Sights of Everyday Marrakech Life
-Jamaa El Fna at Night into the Wee Hours of the Morning
-Exploring the Intricate Designs of the Doors in the Medina
-Ben Youssef Madrasa and its Amazing Colours and Tile Designs
-Architecture
-Walking Through History at Almost Every Turn in the Medina
-A Solemn Stroll Through the Saadian Tombs and Envisioning a Bygone Era

Map of Marrakech

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Have you noticed there’s a lot more talking and far less listening in our world today?

In How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie shares a revealing story of human nature.  In the story, Carnegie attends a dinner party and chats with a botanist sitting next to him for several hours.  Carnegie listens intently as the botanist goes on and on about exotic plants and gardens.

At the end of the night, the botanist turns to the host, saying that Carnegie was “most stimulating” and “a most interesting conversationalist.”  The funny thing is that Carnegie had hardly said a word.

Carnegie recalled:  “I couldn’t have said anything if I had wanted to without changing the subject, for I didn’t know any more about botany than I knew about the anatomy of a penguin.  But I had done this: I had listened intently. I had listened because I was genuinely interested.  And he felt it.”

You might think that in order to endear yourself to someone, you need to talk about yourself, relate a similar story or offer advice.  In my own experience the less I say about myself and the more I refer to the person speaking, the better the speaker feels.  What’s more is oftentimes I learn something new.  And, what’s even truer is if you listen long enough to other people, you’ll hear just about everything.

More important is becoming a good listener.  As Carnegie’ teaches us, the truth about human nature is that people want to feel important and valued. Carnegie points out that few people in the world are immune to the flattery of someone paying attention to them.  We all do like flattery and some like it more than others.

You’d be amazed at how much people start to like you when you simply let them talk about themselves. And even more so when you’re actively listening and asking them follow-up questions. Some advice columns mention this as a “trick” for talking to a woman. But let’s face it, this is just basic human nature for men and women.

What You Need To Be A Good Listener

◆ You
◆ Somebody else
◆ A place you can sit and chat

A Gentleman Is Always A Good Listener – This is how you do it ::

◆ Actively listening to one person. Start by asking the person about something that interests them or something you know about
them.  Perhaps it’s a hobby or travel?   Make sure your body language shows that you are alert and attentive, and avoid distractions like the TV or your mobile phone. Look them in the eye and be fully present for their story.

◆ Try to focus on them and not worry about what you’re going to add. Don’t be one of those people who’s just waiting to talk.  Instead, focus on really listening to them and empathizing without making any judgments. And, this isn’t the time to offer advice.

◆ Sometimes it helps if you periodically replay or recap what the person has been telling you (“Wow, it sounds like X is happening” or “What I’m hearing you say is X.”). As you listen, try to think of potential follow-up questions so you can find out more about the story.

Just like Carnegie, you’ll find that if you try to be genuinely interested, it will come easily.

◆ You’ll sense the other person’s delight that somebody cares about their world. And you’ll both enjoy the conversation. You’re not only giving them the spotlight, you’re asking them to talk about something they’re comfortable with. After all, the one thing people know most about is themselves and their interests.

By being selfless in the conversation, you’ll reap so many more rewards. For one, you might actually LEARN something by listening. For another, your small “sacrifice” of letting the other person talk will be multiplied 10-fold in the form of better relationships.  You may even find that giving someone your undivided attention and truly listening for a moment is relaxing. In time, it will become second nature, and you’ll forget you ever had to “try” at all.

Your small “sacrifice” of letting the other person talk will be multiplied 10-fold.

A sense of Movement (Space To Move)

A sense of movement is an effective composition technique as it creates questions in the viewer’s mind or even unease.  The key to a strong composition is to have space ahead, which is where the apparent action is going to take place.

A sense of movement can be implied simply by the gaze of a person in a photograph.  The eye leads the viewer into space and we are left to wonder what the person is looking at.  What’s there or who is there?   This image is very simple but also very effective.

Where are they riding?  We can tell the bikers are not going that fast because their hair is not blowing.  The fast motion is implied by a technique called panning.  We see this a lot in sports photography.  We will not learn to pan in this course but simply view it here as an example of a sense of motion.  The important part of this particular image is there is space to move for the bikers and this makes for a strong composition.

I love this photo of the mountain biker.  There is a great feeling of unease, speed and even adventure.  The feelings are achieved by a sense of motion.  The motion is literal in this image and we know this because the bike is moving.  Space ahead with the trail in view helps tell the story.  Additionally, as a viewer of the photograph, my eye is led to what is coming.

With this image the colour is nice and the frame is filled.  We are not left to wonder what is happening next because the fingers are moving in the direction of the controls.  Nicely done and there is no clutter to distract us.

This is great.  Is the swimmer coming up for air or is he continuing on underwater?  The photographer cleverly gives us room to decide by including both above and underwater.  The composition is brilliant and achieved beautifully with simplicity.

A sense of movement is an effective technique for strong photo composition.  You can’t always incorporate a sense of movement, but when you can, give it a go.

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Located in this spot in a number of forms since the 13th century (possibly since 1014), Borough Market has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance in the past 15 years. Always overflowing with food lovers, inveterate gastronomes, wide-eyed visitors and Londoners in search of inspiration for their dinner party, Borough Market has become firmly established as a sight in its own right. The market specialises in high-end fresh products; there are also plenty of takeaway stalls and an almost unreasonable number of cake stalls.

Cake stalls? Count me in.

The market is uber crowded on Saturdays, so be aware of this when you arrive with your camera. If you’d like some elbow space to enjoy your photography, you might want to plan an early arrival. Borough Market is one of the best places for London photography if you particularly enjoy candid people shots, street photography and/or food markets.

Note that although the full market runs from Wednesday to Saturday, some traders and takeaway stalls do open Mondays and Tuesdays.

Often I’m in the area at night, which also means the food stalls are closed.  And, there are no cakes.   One good tip is to explore not only the market itself but the surrounding London Bridge area. In some places around Borough Market and London Bridge, you’ll think you’ve stepped into 1850.

Where Is Borough Market? How Do I Get To Borough Market?
Borough Market GPS Coordinates :: 51.5054° N, 0.0911° W

Here’s a tip on making the best sauces. By using a double boiler, you pretty much guarantee that you will not burn or overcook a sauce. It’s great insurance for your wonderful culinary creations. Sauces are generally pretty easy to execute; however making them does require attention, particularly to level of heat that is used. The biggest cardinal sin in making a sauce is to have the heat too high and end up burning or partially burning it; particularly if the sauce has either butter and/or eggs involved… and many sauces do. By using a double boiler, you have removed the sauce from the direct heat; it is cooked by the heat/steam generated from the boiling water in the lower portion of the double boiler, giving you far more control.This why using a double boiler really helps to control the heat and prevent ruining your sauce by overcooking it.

A medina is an old part of a town or city, found in many countries of North Africa, not just Morocco. It is typically walled and contains narrow streets, fountains, palaces and mosques. Many medinas are car-free as there is not enough space in the alleyways for cars to pass. But, this doesn’t stop anyone from trying to drive a small truck in the alleyways, motorbikes or donkeys and carts. Always watch your step in the medina and expect the unexpected. If you hear “Balek!”, get out of the way.

No matter what is around the next curved alley, you’re sure to be enthralled. Guaranteed.

The Old Medina in Marrakech is ideal not only for travel photography but also for film photography. I made it a point to use only black and white film as it lent itself to the aged area. Travel to Marrakech for me always seems like a time travel to another era, except Marrakech does operate as any modern city would.

There are photo opportunities everywhere you turn, so take your time while wandering through. And, don’t forget to appreciate everything the busy city offers.

The Mamiya 7II was perfect for me to use as there is a reliable built-in light metre in the camera. The ease of use was great as sometimes in the Medina you need to take a photograph, then think, as a lot happens so quickly. That said, using a film camera drives you to think about composition more. Your creative eye trains itself almost as if it is connected to the camera and what is shown through the beautiful glass lens. And then, the photographic process becomes second nature. I often find my eyes constantly scanning a scene with a frame around it. I do this without lifting the camera. So, when the perfect capture is in front of me, I simply lift the camera, focus, then click the shutter.

I know I’ve got the “shot,” and you will, too. There is no need for the instant gratification of an LCD on the back of the camera. There’s something rather gentlemanly about this confidence. You know firsthand what I mean if you already are familiar and comfortable with film photography.

Marrakech is a fascinating city and part of the thrill is total immersion, which occasionally means getting lost. A little common sense, a confident air and an awareness of what’s around you will mean your stay is infinitely more pleasurable than if you are timid, suspicious or scared. People are often happy to help, so don’t be afraid to ask. However, some people are opportunistic: Morocco is a developing country and tourism offers a lot of opportunities to earn money. People will expect to be paid for services they offer, so do be aware of this.

Where Is the Marrakech Medina? How Do I Get To The Medina in Marrakech?
Marrakech Medina GPS Coordinates :: 31.6318° N, 7.9893° W

Detailed Map of the Medina in Marrakech

Can you imagine viewing London with no people?

When I set out to photograph London at night, my main goal was to capture the city, one of the most populated in the world, empty.  That’s right.  I aimed to have no people in the photographs.  One would think this would be a challenging task, though it really hasn’t been. The real challenge is London’s rapidly changing skyline.  

I would photograph an area around the Square Mile, then need to return as an omission of a particular new building would have been too obvious.  The Shard is a prime example.  There are super images captured from Tower Bridge in my London photo library, but The Shard is either non-existent or in various stages of construction.  Needless to say, the photos ended up on the “cutting room floor.”

Well, Hello Shard!  Hello Walkie Talkie!  Hello Cheesegrater!  Your emergence created issues and slowed the progress of my project.  I had to return to your area more times than once.  This is not a complaint.  I love capturing London with my camera, but the changes have been more obvious to me and I tend to be a perfectionist.  My goal to get it right makes me return over and over again.

All that said, with a diversion, London at night is simply beautiful.  When the lights come on the city shines gloriously, and seems to be a bit more stately, or grand.  What is missed during the day, stands out at night almost demanding due attention.  There are no crowds of people distracting you or masking your view of London’s grand character.

I’ve been on a mission with my camera.  The truth is – I’ve seen more of London and learned more about the city roaming alone at night.  I take my time studying the great structures around town; the sounds of London are amplified and even the smells of London are more noticeable.  It’s just me, the city I love, the city I want you to love and my camera.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Below is a small selection of photographs I captured for this project.  It remains to be known which will be included in the book. The images for my book remain locked away and they will not be seen until the book is released.  

STREETS OF SOHO – LONDON UK

 

 

“No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi

“While armchair travellers dream of going places, travelling armchairs dream of staying put.” – Anne Tyler

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character” – Henry David Thoreau

“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“The more I travelled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

“There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.” – Thomas Wolfe

“NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave.  It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” – Francis Bacon

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is, at last, to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

“I like animals.  I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit.  The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” – David Attenborough

“Travel teaches toleration.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“All travel has its advantages.  If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own.  And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen

“A wise traveller never despises his own country.” – Pamela Goldoni

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland

“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia.  It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport”. – George Winters

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.  You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there”. – Yogi Berra

“A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Ganest

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.” – Sargent Shriver

“For many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.” – Philip Andrew Adams

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

“Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.” – W. H. Auden

“Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigour” – Seneca

“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

“I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.” – Lord Dunsany

“The traveller was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.” – Hilaire Belloc

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ” – Anatole France

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir

“Without travel “I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life.” – Lauren Hutton

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

“In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.” – Ivanka Trump

“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” – Ralph Crawshaw

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

“Too often…I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” – James Baldwin

“The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroy

“Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel. Saddam Hussein never travelled. They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged.” — Howard Gardner

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” —Freya Stark

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

“The cool thing about being famous is travelling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” – Britney Spears

“A wise traveller never despises his own country.” – Pamela Goldoni

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” – Doug Coupland

“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport”. – George Winters

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people, you meet on them.” – Amelia E. Barr

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

“Travel is the frivolous part of serious lives, and the serious part of frivolous ones.” – Anne Sophie Swetchine

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” – Seneca

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Scott Cameron

“He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little, and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” – Sinclair Lewis

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you within yourself.” – Ella Maillart

“I travel the world, and I’m happy to say that America is still the great melting pot – maybe a chunky stew rather than a melting pot at this point, but you know what I mean.” – Philip Glass

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

“When overseas you learn more about your own country than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

“After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do.” – Jim Harrison

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

“Make voyages!  Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

“Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.” – Mohammed

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat-Moon

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

“Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.” – Elizabeth Drew

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

“There is no happiness for the person who does not travel. For Indra is the friend of the traveler, therefore wander!” – Brähmann

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi

“Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life’s recollections.” – Augustus Hare

“People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place….” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen

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Space To Move

Even though photographs themselves are static, they can still convey a strong sense of movement simply by having your subject space to move within the frame of the image. 

When we look at pictures, we see what’s happening and tend to look ahead.  What’s coming or what’s next?  The subject needs space to move into.   Again, we revisit the idea of moving your subject away from the middle and putting it off-centre.  By placing your subject off-centre – left or right, you allow your subject space to move.

Simply placing your subject on one side of the image such as that it is moving in the direction of the rest of the image – put more space in front of the subject than behind – will help your photos appear more dynamic and interesting.  It helps your viewers get a sense that they were actually there with you at the moment of the photo.

If there is no space this creates a feeling of imbalance or unease if your subject has nowhere to move except outside the frame.  It is sort of like running into a dead end or a wall.  We all know how frustrating that can be.  The same is true for the viewers of your photographs.  You want to please the viewers of your photographs and not frustrate them.

You don’t just get this effect with moving subjects.  For example, when you look at a portrait you tend to follow someone’s gaze and they need an area to look into.  The viewer’s eye follows into space and then you involve them.  The viewer can ask- what’s there?  is it good or bad waiting?

For both types of shot, there should be more space ahead on the shot than behind it.

I’ve created a free PDF for you showing examples of how a space to move creates a sense of movement in your photographs.

Chancery Lane takes its name from the historic High Court of Chancery, which started its association with the area when Robert de Chesney, the Bishop of Lincoln acquired the ‘old Temple’ in 1161.  High Holborn is a street in Holborn, Central London, which forms a part of the A40 route from London to Fishguard. It starts in the west as a turn off Charing Cross Road, near St Giles Circus, and runs past the Kingsway and Southampton Row, becoming Holborn at its eastern junction with Gray’s Inn Road.

Now you have a bit of background on the streets.  Is the area worthy of photography?  Yes.  A few places along High Holborn Street are great examples of past London architecture.  Chancery Lane is deemed a  historical preservation area so little or no redevelopment can take place.  For this reason, I include High Holborn Street and Chancery Lane on my list of the best places to photograph London; however, trek to this area only after capturing the images on your list of photographs to take.

Where is Chancery Lane?  How do I get to Chancery Lane?
Chancery Lane GPS Coordinates ::  51.5176481, -0.1149057