Photo of the Month - June 2017
At this point, I have give or take 200GB (over 39,000) of travel photos from nearly 75 countries, and most of them have never seen the light of day. In light of this, I wanted to to come up with an inventive way to share photos with my readership that wouldn't ultimately bore you to death. And, alas, the Photo of the Month Series was born. I've been looking for ways to get some of these photos out there in the realm of freelance writing as well, evidenced by the article released with Canada's Horizon Travel Magazine earlier this week. I'm hoping to kick the freelance writing into a new gear in the coming months!
Anyway, back to the Photo of the Month Series. The rules are simple - on the last day of each month I'll post a photo. However, it has to have been taken at some point during that month. This will be effective as it will ensure that the photo is more than likely something new, fresh, and unseen, but it also forces me to continue to look for the perfect photo throughout the month no matter where I am.
In truth, the last month or two have been tough in terms of finding any time to do anything other than pack up my life in Istanbul and dive into pools of stress and anxiety, but I feel the creative juices flowing again, and I'm excited about moving forward. I see this new series as a fun way to continue to connect with my readers, whom I am so incredibly grateful for.
Without further adieu, here is the photo of the month for June 2017!
Perhaps you can guess from the cultural references portrayed in the art, but this photo was indeed taken in Spain, and more specifically, Málaga (yesterday, to be exact). I had heard mixed reviews about Málaga to be honest, so it was a really nice surprise yesterday to find so much there that I enjoyed. I'll write another post another time about Málaga, but I want to use this opportunity to talk about this photo in particular.
I looked through my photos from the month, peering through photos from Turkey and Belgium primarily, then taking a final peak at photos I'd taken in Spain, just to see what I had. Once I saw this photo, I knew it was the one I was going to post. The colourful, undeniable vibrancy captures this region of Spain so well. In many ways, looking into the eyes of this painted woman allows you to look into the soul of the city and surrounding area. It's also something that I just happened upon on the way to a larger, more touristic sight. So this photo also serves as a lesson for my time in Spain that perhaps what I'll cherish most won't be the sight that Lonely Planet puts a star beside in the guidebook, if you know what I mean.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my new series. If you enjoyed this, you may also enjoy a popular series I started a while back called "The One Food Series," which chronicles the one food I feel you must try in particular nations. So far, I've gotten to Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Portugal, and Morocco!
Please let me know what you think of this photo in the comments below. What do you think of the new series? Is there anything you'd want to see? Have you been to Málaga or Spain? Let me know anything and everything in the comments below. I'm always careful to respond to each and every comment! Thanks!