As I was flipping through the photo albums where some photos have already fused with the pockets, I started to realise that my approach towards photography might have evolved. It is not the style or skills I'm referring to, although they certainly would have changed. I am referring to the thoughts that went behind the eye through the viewfinder and the psyche that compelled the finger to release that shutter. These very inner psychological photography experiences have changed, just as CCDs and CMOSs have replaced silver halide since.
Digital photography has its huge benefits for sure - greater learning opportunities, lower operation costs, more efficient workflow, etc. However, we may sometimes forget the reason for clicking the shutter. We may take today's shot for granted because there will be a tomorrow to edit and correct, hopefully. We may not pause, admire, observe, walk around and soak in the subject before we lift up our camera because we now prefer to look at things through screens than in space and in flesh.
There is no award-winning quality photograph here but each and every image relives a memorable event, a place, an object, or a journey to me; one that had united with the mind and touched the heart when that shutter was released.
|Petra tou Romiou, Paphos, south-western coast of Cyprus. Crystal clear water, deep blue sea, and glorious morning sun. In Greek mythology, this is the birthplace of Aphrodite.
|Petra tou Romiou, Paphos, south-western coast of Cyprus. Colourful pebbles of all shapes and sizes, carried, nourished and cleansed by Amphitrite.
|Handmade, hand-painted clay figurine souvenirs. A touch of local craftwork bringing out the local culture.
|Met these two gentlemen while I was wandering around the neighbourhood near the hotel. Other than their unusual outfit and batons, they have rather interesting faces which I could not resist asking for a picture.
|Jews at the Wailing Wall, Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount.
|Shops and street peddler in the Old City, Jerusalem. The streets intersect with vaults and courtyards, and is simply a maze of twisty alleyways dividing the four Quarters.
|Once upon a time, 3 men carried their own cross to Golgotha. While I was there, I saw 1 man carrying 3 crosses.
|The entrance to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. The site is venerated as Golgotha where Jesus was crucified and also contains the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre).
|Out on the streets. You will see as many armed soldiers as priests in this Holy Land.
|Didn't know King David had gone into tourism retail business.
|The Church of Holy Sepulchre. Find the famous Immovable Ladder, which has been on the same exact spot since the 18th century.
|Calvary (Golgotha altar), the most lavish and decorated part of the Church where the Rock of Calvary can be seen behind glass. Sadly, no chance for a photo due to the crowd.
|The chapel Aedicule containing the Holy Sepulchre. Long queue of tourists, not surprising.
|Group of cheerful and curious students on excursion.
|The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Interior of the main basilica lined with Corinthian columns.
|The Grotto of the Nativity located beneath the basilica. It is believed to be the site where Jesus was born. The exact spot is marked beneath this altar by a 14-pointed silver star on the marble floor.
|The Egyptian Museum. The King as Harpooner. King Tut hunts neither fish nor fowl, but for hippopotamus, the animal sacred to the god Seth.
|The Egyptian Museum. Mummies in abundance along the corridor.
|The Egyptian Museum. The iconic Gold Mask of King Tutankhamun's mummy, made of 11 kg of solid gold.
|Three wise men?