Friday, June 5, 2015

My Better Travel Photos, 2004-2014

Having just posted a gallery at my personal website of some of the better photos I've taken since first getting into amateur photography 10 years ago, it became clear that most of them were taken on the course of my travels over the years.

So I thought I'd post a selection of them here on the more suitable platform that's my travel blog. As explained in the original post, these images were all:
taken on the only two digital cameras I've owned since 2004 - a £70 Kodak compact & a Canon EOS. I've never been on a course nor read any books, just took tips on the basics from a couple of friends who had done and a few jobbing snappers met in the line of the duty: rule of thirds, depth of field, etc. Only kit lens used with the Canon, no filters or Photoshop and all hand-held - don't think I'll ever get to the tripod stage...  

KODAK COMPACT, 2004-2011 

Austrian Alps, 2004

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 2009

Ginza, Tokyo, 2009

Sydney Opera House, 2009
Marrakech, Morocco, 2011

Santa Monica beach, 2009

Pembroke Castle, 2008

Austrian Alps, 2007

Essaouira, Morocco, 2011

CANON EOS DSLR, 2007-2014

Namib Desert, 2010

Bordeaux square, 2009

Amiens square, 2007

Vicars' Close, Wells, Somerset, 2007

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, 2014

Old Man of Coniston, Lake District, 2013

Barcelona, 2014 

Ripon Cathedral, 2015
Sitges, Spain, 2014

Holasovice, Czech Republic, 2013

Genoa statue, 2014

York Cemetery, 2015

All photos (c) Kris Griffiths. More at my Flickr account.
Muck Rack link.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dreadlock Holiday: Jamaica

From Margate to Montego Bay. Well, not quite - I didn't actually make it out of capital city Kingston during my short week in the Caribbean earlier this year.

There primarily to undertake a long-planned Bob Marley pilgrimage on the eve of what would have been his 70th birthday, my trip concluded with the massive outdoor celebratory concert on Kingston Waterfront which saw Jamaica's reggae royalty performing alongside a few of Marley's own sons.

I have to say it was an almost religious experience watching that show from the front row and feeling the love for the national hero who catapulted his genre onto a global stage in the 1970s.

Capleton at Bob Marley 70th birthday concert
        Damian Marley  both © Kris Griffiths

The week leading up to the gig had seen me traverse the city in Bob's footsteps, taking in the neighbourhood he grew up in (Trenchtown), the studio he recorded in (Tuff Gong) and the mountainside retreat he escaped to following the attempt on his life (Strawberry Hill, pic below).

While so many Western tourists in Jamaica gravitate to coastal resorts like aforementioned Montego, it was gratifying to 'keep it real' in the city and soak up the local positive vibrations around the annual week of celebration.

It was also fascinating to find out more about the national Rastafari religion that pervades the city and island. There is always a waft of ganja on the breeze but not much in the way of the heavy drinking culture more prevalent on Britain's shores.

I would earnestly recommend to any fans of Marley and reggae music that they make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, to see exactly where the genre's riddims originate from and to experience the peace and one love promoted by its leader, struck down way before his time.

My Rough Guides feature on Kingston pilgrimage
And review of 70th bday concert for Huffington Post.
All photos except Strawberry Hill (c) Kris Griffiths.