From the recent flying visit to Riga I posted a few of the photos in black and white as the light was quite challenging and I just couldn’t get the colours to come out the way I wanted. However, there were some exceptions to this, included here.
The buildings on the left of the picture make up part of Riga’s central market which I had a quick look around. The market (both in these buildings and the surrounding streets) was huge and there were so many things I wanted to buy – mainly honey and fruit – but with only hand luggage I had to resist.
Opposite the building where I had my meeting. The Leica shop. No purchases this time…maybe one day.
An alternative self-portrait.
From the limited amount of the city I saw, Riga was anything but cultural vacuum!
This week I had to go to Riga for work. I was only in the city for a little over 24 hours so I didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked, but here are a few shots from wandering to and from my hotel.
It’s not difficult to see why the centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Like many other cities across Europe, Costa Coffee is becoming ever present.
Another city with a lovers padlocks bridge, much like the one in Paris on a smaller scale.
Riga seems like a fascinating city, I will hopefully go back at some point soon to explore properly.
Here is the promised follow-on from the previous post on the Godiva Awakes WWI Remembrance, in Coventry.
This story is very emotional, and I thought that the theatre company did a wonderful job of respecting and explaining it. Here is a part of the choreography – I got lucky in that shot, caught them right when they made a circle of feathers. It’s my favourite photo of the day.
And here’s Godiva herself. She’s not camera shy (at 3 or 4 meters tall, neither would you be), but she’s difficult to make justice to in photography format. And she’s way more expressive than you would imagine.
The walls of Porto are the locale of an ongoing dialogue. I remember something similar in Rome, where all the signs, lamp posts and vertical surfaces were a canvas to be attacked with gusto.
Some dislike the fiscal austerity, blamed on the IMF:
I am thinking about writing a blog post on free software for amateur photographers. As an Ubuntu Linux user, I have a number of great tools accessible at the click of a button. Would you like to help me decide?
More to come soon!