Not long after I first started The Traveloguer, I began doing a weekly monochrome photography post. I got the idea from another blogger’s weekly themed posts, and I remember thinking they were a great way to regularly post, without having to spend as much time writing, editing and researching like you do for normal posts.
And so, Monochrome Monday was born. This was a simple weekly post consisting of just one black and white image from my travels.
Looking back on these posts many don’t contain captions, keywords, descriptions or even cover images. They all have watermarks too, something I gave up doing a long tiMe ago! Lots were taken with various mobile phones, and so they’re not the greatest quality.
Anyway, I thought it would be cool to pull together some of those old monochrome images and put them in a new post of black and white travel photography, complete with a cover photo and some actual words!
Dublin aul one
This was taken near Dublin castle, not long after I returned home after a few years of long term travel. I love how the woman and the grey brick is such a typical scene you’d see in Dublin.
Balloon couture in Cambodia
This was taken in a village outside Phnom Penh, where we visited with a local charity to bring food and other supplies to the people. This photo was taken when all the kids were gathered around the back of a lorry where a man with curly hair and rimless glasses was doing magic tricks and making balloon animals.
This was one of my favourite travel memories. Aside from the great day spent getting to know the people and playing with the kids, I remember being on such a high because of all the amazing photography opportunities. Taking candid images of people is my favourite form of photography, something I started to realise on this day in Cambodia.
This was also taken outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These two men loved posing for photographs, the guy on the left was definitely the joker of the two.
Thatched roof cottages are one of those images of Ireland you’d find on a postcard. Being Irish, you’d think I wouldn’t be impressed by thatch, but I’m a city girl through and through, and so, when spending the weekend in Wexford, I was really excited to notice a thatch cottage near the house we were staying at.
There’s a reason tourists go so crazy for these cute and genius cottages. Sadly, this cottage actually went on fire last year, and now it’s a thatchless ruin.
This was snapped on the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central in Hong Kong. Sean and I were really impressed and more than a little jealous that this is just like hopping on a bus for Hong Kongers. To us, it was like a tourist cruise! I was happy to see this local man appearing to take as much pleasure from the ride as we were. I also love how the Hong Kong smog makes the skyscrapers almost invisible.
It’s in the eyes
This little girl’s eyes are embedded on my brain. We met her in Cambodia, near Siem Reap.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House is one of those iconic landmarks that manage to overwhelm when you see it in real life, despite seeing it lots of times in photographs. We took the scenic route to the Opera House, via the Botanic Gardens, and were able to see it in the distance long before we got there. When we finally found ourselves standing before it, the scale and the perfect architecture of the building blew us away.
When we were there, there was some sort of demonstration going on, and so it was difficult to get a clear shot. I like this one though, as from my position, the full scale of the opera house is obscured by the steps, but the man in the cowboy hat sees the full scale.
Varanasi at dusk
This was taken on the Ganges in Varanasi soon after sunset. India is an explosion of colours, and yet, when you strip that away, its magic remains.
I lived in Adelaide for over a year and this photograph reminds me of all that is great about Australia‘s often overlooked south city. This was taken at one of the city’s many festivals, the Fringe Festival.
Even though its black and white, I think the dappled light shining through the trees is captured here. My memories of that day are all sunshine, cider and weird and magical attractions.
Ich bin Berliner
This was taken in Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse U-bahn station on freezing January. I was so excited to be back in Berlin after seven long years! It’s a city I feel really comfortable in and could easily imagine living there.
Trinity College Dublin
This was taken in Trinity College, Dublin. Trinity is home to the book of Kells and is a mayor tourist attraction in Dublin. But, for me, that square in Trinity is where my friend and I sit on freezing stone steps, enjoying our traditional Starbucks Christmas drinks year after year. It’s where I take a shortcut through the city, and the grounds are where my boyfriend and I had our first ever date, drinking cans on the grass!
Funky White Boy
This was taken in Auckland right after New Zealand’s victory parade when they won the Rugby World Cup in 2011. I don’t remember what music this guy was playing, but his sign made me smile.
This was taken on the slow boat from Padang Bai in Bali to Lombok. A and I sat on the ground in the corridor as there were no seats. The vibration of the engines made our brains rattle a bit, but we had snacks and so we were happy.
Break Time, Bangkok
This tuk-tuk driver caught my eye when our own tuk tuk was stuck in traffic in Bangkok. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, his relaxed reclining really stood out in Bangkok’s hectic streets. He looks really lost in thought, so maybe he wasn’t as relaxed as he first appeared to be.
Another Dublin one. I liked the perspective of the Dublin city bikes lined up outside Merrion Square.
The Flower Boys
These two flower sellers were regular fixtures on Bangkok’s Khao San Road when we were there in 2011. They were so sweet and nice. We didn’t buy their roses. Many children selling roses and other items to drunken backpackers are trafficked from other countries, like Burma. They can pull in more money in a night on the streets of Bangkok than their parents can, and can be under great pressure to make enough sales each night. Read more about child begging in Thailand here and here.
This was taken outside the Standing Buddha temple in Bangkok. The man and a woman had cages of little birds and you could pay to set them free.
This was taken from the back of a lorry as we were leaving the little village outside Phnom Penh and heading back to the city. I love this woman’s facial expression, and how completely straight her posture is!