I’ve travelled to a lot of countries over the years, and always have my camera at the ready to take the perfect snap. There are, however, cities that I could photograph forever, so I thought I’d share my top 5 locations with you.
1. New York
New York had to be on this list, right? There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city, and it’s filled with so many interesting characters. It’s both an affluent and poor city, depending on who you are, and there’s so much diversity and culture that it is rich in moments that are just asking to be captured. Not to forget the many stunning landmarks that make the city so iconic, such as the Empire State Building, Broadway and the Statue of Liberty.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
I visited Thailand about 10 years ago and fell in love with the city’s passion for cuisine. Sometimes the simplest photographs are the best, as taking a photograph of a man with a strainer full of noodles can be incredibly exciting – and that’s why I love photography, as the camera can make an ordinary moment extraordinary. However, the city’s attractions are not to be missed, as there are so many photographic opportunities for you to take advantage of, including of the Grand Palace, Lumphini Park and Thonburi.
3. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Ireland is without doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but no more is more stunning than Dingle Peninsula. You can take breathtaking images of the town’s scenic harbour – which is also featured in the 1970 movie Ryan’s Daughter. I recommend taking The Dingle Way walking trail, as you’ll visit some of the most picturesque landscapes the city and country have to offer.
4. Petra, Jordan
Whether you’re a passionate photographer, travel junkie or adore mind-boggling architecture, you must visit Petra in Jordan – which is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. You can explore everything from the city’s spectacular red mountains to the vast mausoleums that are nearly as old as time itself. The unique city was created more than 2000 years ago by Arab people who carved homes into rock. There is so much to photograph in this wonderful ancient city that you’ll run out of SD cards.
5. Liverpool, England
There is so much history in Liverpool that you won’t be stuck for places to photograph in one of the UK’s best cities. The famous Liver building is a great place to start, but you shouldn’t forget the picturesque waterfront that welcomes some of the biggest ships in the world into its port. It’s also home to 2500 Grade II* listed buildings, including the Church of St Luke or the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
However, you don’t have to travel to take the perfect photograph. Sometimes it takes a great photographer to make a location look great, and not the other way around.