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31/01/2009

Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales


This photo shows Rhossili Bay, that curves along an arc running northwards from the village. The sandy beach is three miles (5 km) long and is backed with sand dunes. Locals refer to the beach as Llangennith Sands. Behind the beach just north of the village is Rhossili Down with the highest point on the Gower Peninsula, (the Beacon), and a number of prehistoric remains. It is between Rhossili Down and the beach proper that the Warren is found.
At the southern end of the Bay is the outcrop of rock called the Worm's Head. At the north is Burry Holms. These islands are accessible at low tide only. Also at low tide, it is possible to see the remains of several shipwrecks, wood from the wreck of the Helvetia being the most prominent when looking north from Rhossili.

30/01/2009

The Peyos & The Keffiyeh (or Israel-Palestine Peace Hope)

This photo was taken in London during the “Free Palestine” demonstration that took place at Trafalgar Square against the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel, January 17th 2009, London.
1 The Keffiyeh (كوفية‎, kūfiyyah), also known as a (ya)shmagh is a traditional headdress for Arab men made of a square of cloth (“scarf”), usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. Traditionally worn by Palestinian peasants, the black-and-white keffiyeh is a symbol of Palestinian heritage and its prominence increased in the 1960 with the beginning of the Palestinian resistance movement and its adoption by Arafat.
1 The Payos (also peyot, payot, peyes) is a Hebrew word, which literally translates into English as corners, sides or edges; in the context of Judaism, it is particularly used in relation to the head and face, denoting sidelocks, and sometimes also sideburns. Haredi, Yemenite, and Hasidic Jews often sport distinctive long curled payot, while those of Modern Orthodox Judaism wear more varyingly sized sideburns. The practice of wearing payot is one of the consequences of Jewish law regarding shaving.

29/01/2009

Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว), Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok


This photo was taken in Bangkok, Thailand, and represents Garudas outside of the main building of the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha in the Wat Phra Kaewk. Wat Phra Kaewk (or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, วัดพระแก้ว; full official name Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม) is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is located in the historic center of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace.
Garuda (गरुड) is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Thailand uses the garuda (ครุฑ) as its national symbol (like in Indonesia). One form of the garuda used in Thailand as a sign of the royal family is called Krut Pha, meaning "garuda acting as the vehicle (of Vishnu)."

28/01/2009

Queen Anne Statue at St Paul's, London


This is a photo of the statue of Queen Anne (6 February 1665 – 1 August 1714) who became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702. Anne's life was marked by many crises, both personally and relating to succession of the Crown and religious polarisation. Because she died without surviving issue, Anne was the last monarch of the House of Stuart.

The statue of Queen Anne, standing outside the west front of St. Paul's Cathedral, depicts the ruling monarch at the time of the Cathedral's compleition in 1710. It is an 1886 replica by Richard Belt which replaced the original dilapidated version sculpted by Francis Bird in 1712. The ladies around the base of the statue represent England, France, Ireland and North America, all of whom Anne considered herself to be queen of.

27/01/2009

St Mawes, Cornwall, England


This is a photo of St Mawes, a small town opposite Falmouth, on the south coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom. It lies on the east bank of the Carrick Roads, a large waterway created after the Ice Age from an ancient valley which flooded as the melt waters caused the sea level to rise dramatically, creating an immense natural harbour, the third largest in the world.

See below photo and info from
St Mawes info and Tourism Information.

25/01/2009

Angela Davis by Obey Giant, Shepard Fairey



This is a photo of a street poster, "washed" by the time, of Angela Davis, by the world renowned artist Obey (Shepard Fairey). You can see most of his work on following websites Obey - The Giant (more than 650 prints) and Obey Website.
Below is the original work (2005, part of a set on Revolutionary Women, size 30x42) :

24/01/2009

Street Artist


The last photo of a series of 5. See these links if you want to see the first, second, third and fourth ones.
As an extra, I include below the original version before digital darkroom rework.... Let me know which one you prefer, I could not make my mind myself !

23/01/2009

Rusty-Tan Colour Of The Mekong River


This photo, taken in Laos, is showing a fisherman on the Mekong River.
The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the 12th-longest river in the world, and 7th longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km2. From the Tibetan Plateau it runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. More than 1200 species of fish have been identified and there could be possibly as many as 1700. Fishing is a very important part of the economic activities in the area and a vital source of protein in the local diet.
The water gets a rusty-tan colour from the soil, due to the bank erosion.

21/01/2009

Playboy Fashion Flagship Store, Oxford Street, London


This is a photo of the Playboy London Flagship Store on 153 Oxford Street (PlayboyStyle.co.uk). On 21 September 2007 was opened a 4,000 square-foot Playboy Store, its first freestanding retail location in Europe. The store, which occupies the entire building, features a dramatic, customized 39-step spiraling staircase, enabling customers to shop for Playboy's fashion and home collections on three levels. The first Playboy store in London follows store openings in Las Vegas (The Forum Shops and Palms Casino Resort), Melbourne, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Auckland. See entire "Playboy Style Press Release".

20/01/2009

“Free Palestine” Demonstration, London, Jan 17th 2009


These photos were taken in London during the “Free Palestine” demonstration that took place at Trafalgar Square against the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel, January 17th 2009, London.

19/01/2009

“Free Palestine” Demonstration, London, Jan 17th 2009


This photo was taken in London during the “Free Palestine” demonstration that took place at Trafalgar Square against the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel, January 17th 2009, London.

18/01/2009

The Pink Hair and Drinking Vodka Project


This is a photo of a street poster.
"Pink Hair & Drinking Vodka Project" is a crazy photographic project, aiming to build the most important collection in the world of Portraits showing people that 1. have pink hair and 2. have drunken some vodka...
To see more of the amazing work, you can visit
Gabin-fotos.com and www.myspace.com/gabinfoto

14/01/2009

La Samaritaine, Paris


This is a photo of La Samaritaine, a large department store in Paris. Since 2005, the 19th-century building has been closed for reasons of security and renovation to modern standards, and it is estimated that it will reopen its doors by the end of 2011.
The store was first opened in 1869 by Ernest Cognacq , starting out on a small scale with a very small boutique. Through the steady acquisition of neighboring buildings, Cognacq regularly expanded what could no longer be called a "boutique." The surrounding city blocks were entirely reworked and reconstructed progressively from 1883 to 1933. Notably, between 1903 and 1907, this work was taken on by the architect Frantz Jourdain, who applied an Art Nouveau aesthetic to the building. Further structural changes were successfully completed in 1933 by Henri Sauvage who, in his turn, reworked the architecture to reflect the aesthetic principles of Art Déco. The result was an eleven-story department store, one that is today considered a historical monument.
The store is well-known for its rooftop café, which affords excellent views of the city.

13/01/2009

Hammersmith Bridge, London


These are two photos of Hammersmith Bridge, a crossing of the River Thames in west London, between Hammersmith on the north side of the river, and Barnes on the south side.
It was the Thames’ first suspension bridge, and was opened on 11 June 1887. With much of the supporting structure built of wrought iron, it is 213.4 m long and 13.1 m wide.

12/01/2009

Dieu Et Mon Droit - Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense


Dieu Et Mon Droit is the motto of the British Monarchy, which appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The motto refers to the divine right of the Monarch to govern. For the Royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of England to have a French rather than English motto should not be considered unusual, given that English had only recently replaced French as the language of the English Royal Court and ruling class. Also appearing on the Royal arms is the Old French motto of the Order of the Garter, which appears on a representation of a garter as Honi Soit Qui mal Y Pense ("shame upon him who thinks evil of it").

11/01/2009

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


This is a photo of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, taken from the Museumplein's side, a square is called "Museum Square" because four museums are located around the square: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Diamond Museum. See also the official website of the Rijksmuseum.

10/01/2009

Havre de Paix ou "L'Invitation Au Voyage", Luang Prabang, Laos


This photo was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos.
"Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme, et volupté."
"There all is order, naught amiss:
Comfort and beauty, calm and bliss."
L'Invitation au voyage - Invitation to the Voyage, Charles Baudelaire

08/01/2009

Koala, Phascolarctos Cinereus, Australia


This photo was taken in Australia, where Koalas can be found in coastal regions of eastern and southern part of Australia. The Koalas of South Australia were largely exterminated during the early part of the 20th century, but the state has since been repopulated with Victorian stock. The Koala lives almost entirely on eucalypt leaves, which are low in protein, high in indigestible substances, and contain phenolic and terpene compounds that are toxic to most species. Like Wombats and Sloths, the Koala has a very low metabolic rate for a mammal and rests motionless for about 16 to 18 hours a day, sleeping most of that time...

06/01/2009

Corner of Downing Street and Whitehall, London


This photo was obviously taken in London, United Kingdom, at the corner of Downing Street and Whitehall.
You can visit
10 Downing Street History & Tour official website to learn and see more about Number 10.

05/01/2009

Silk Cotton Tree and Strangler Fig Tree, Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia


This photo was taken in Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia. The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm, and two species predominate: the larger is the Silk Cotton Tree (Ceiba Pentandra), and the smaller is the Strangler Fig. You can already and will see more from Cambodia looking at my Cambodia floder.