Around the World in 12 Photos

Join us on a short but amazingly diverse and colorful tour of the world in photos, courtesy of the amazing photographers on

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Pack your virtual bags and join us on a turbo trip from Bangkok to Brisbane and from Kolkata to Los Angeles (with a few stops in between) as we explore the wonders of the street photography tag on Be sure to fasten your seatbelt and review the in-flight safety features of our turbocraft before we taxi for takeoff.

First stop, a market seller in Bangkok, Thailand, courtesy of Majawi Images.

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Market Seller 1, Bangkok from Majawi Images

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Market Seller 1, Bangkok from Majawi Images

Next up, Los Angeles, California, and Donald Barnat‘s photo of insouciant street youth, entitled, “Forever 21.”

LOS ANGELES, USA: Forever 21 by Donald Barnat.

LOS ANGELES, USA: Forever 21 by Donald Barnat

Over in New York City is “Out of the Shadows” by Shawn Escoffery.

After an in-flight beverage and hot meal, we present a piece from Aaron Joel Santos‘ photo essay, “North Korea in Hideous Distortion.”

NORTH KOREA From the photo essay, North Korea in Hideous Distortion by Aaron Joel Santos

NORTH KOREA: From the photo essay, North Korea in Hideous Distortion by Aaron Joel Santos

Next stop, Tijuana, Mexico, and a piece from Justin Galloway, which is part of a photo essay called “Panteon Number 1.”

TIJUANA, MEXICO Panteon Number 1 by Justin Galloway

TIJUANA, MEXICO: Pantone Number 1 by Justin Galloway

Here, we find ourselves in Tokyo, Japan, with a piece by Uyama Ekop from the photo essay, “From the subway to the streets.”

TOKYO, JAPAN From the photo essay, From the subway to the streets by Uyama Ekop

TOKYO, JAPAN: From the photo essay, From the subway to the streets by Uyama Ekop

Next up, the beautiful colors of Hoi An, Vietnam, as seen through the lens of Jason S. Moore.

HOI AN, VIETNAM From the photo essay, Hoi An, Vietnam by Jason S. Moore

HOI AN, VIETNAM: From the photo essay, Hoi An, Vietnam by Jason S. Moore

Over to Kolkata, India, where we find “The Locksmith,” by Madhu.

Kolkata INDIA The Locksmith by Madhu

KOLKATA, INDIA: The Locksmith by Madhu

Here, Jeff Ryan shares some street photography from Brisbane, Australia, entitled, “Homeless Man, albert street.”

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA Homeless Man, albert street by Jeff Ryan

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: Homeless Man, albert street by Jeff Ryan

And now over to London, UK, with a portrait of John Pannell by Richard Guest.

LONDON, UK John Pannell by Richard Guest.

LONDON, UK: John Pannell by Richard Guest.

Follow us to Germany, where FRANKSFRANKFURT captured “Golden Dog” fighting the wind on a walk.



And here we are with our last stop in Malaga, Spain, with an awesome celebration of life called “Let there be music,” by Straßenfotografien.

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  1. andreakrueger2

    So cool. I love traveling, always cool seeing different aspects of the world.

  2. ronfeir

    Very, very interesting!!!

  3. Jack Flacco

    That NEW YORK CITY: Out of the Shadows photo looks like something we went through back in December 2013 when the Arctic Vortex settled into our area here in Canada. What a cold month that was for everyone!

    • Krista

      The arctic vortex remains. I heard on the radio today that this year was the second coldest in 100 years.

  4. milfordstreet

    Great post – Thank you for compiling it.

  5. journeyfiles

    Great photographers and amazing shots of everyday life.

  6. SmallHouseBigGarden

    Street photography….nothing quite like it!
    Thank you for pointing me toward this group of bloggers!

  7. smokersodysseycom

    Truly cool showing that we’re all really the same.

  8. maslanone

    Wow, fantastic photos! I really would like to be in all those places!

  9. Uyama

    Reblogged this on Between Shades and commented:
    My photoset got featured :D Thank you WordPress!

  10. ranu802

    All the photographs are awesome, my favorite is the one with the woman with vegetables in front of her. The chillies are yummy.

  11. marinareviewsbooks

    This was super interesting. I felt like I was present in each of those photos. This is an awesome project.

  12. timydaniel

    The one with the dog was funny. You need some cool pictures from my country Honduras.

  13. kiihele

    What a wonderful jaunt around the world. I do wish I could actually make some of these travels, but right now if it cost a nickle to go around the world, I couldn’t get out of sight!

  14. Vikera

    This was amazing! Thanks for putting this together. You’ve inspired me to put together something like this from my trip to the Caribbean last year.

    It’s interesting what came to mind when looking at these pics. I live in Vancouver where we have a large immigrant population, so seeing these pics was like looking into 12 different people’s realities even though we live here in Canada side by side…hmmm

  15. imarunner2012

    Great photos. I’m always amazed at how third world entrepreneurs manage. There’s a guy with shop in the space between buildings. It doesn’t even look like an alley. And the lady selling vegetables on the street — nothing. No tables, doors, cash register.
    The human spirit to build something and make it grow and thrive is like a seed. Toss it anywhere and with just a little spot of soil, sun and water it will sprout and grow.

  16. jtelusma

    Very interesting collection of pictures. I love traveling, it keeps me connected to the our great big world.

  17. Richard Guest

    Thank you very much for featuring my photograph among so many great shots, Krista.

  18. Madhu

    Delighted to find my locksmith on this list!! Many thanks Krista!! :-)
    I need to point out a small error though….this was shot in Kolkata and not in Delhi.

    • Krista

      Hi Madhu, your photo essay was wonderful — I had a hard time choosing which photo to share. Thanks kindly for the correction — I’ve updated the post to correct the location.

  19. Julia Lund

    Lovely. The images all capture things that feel familiar even in their ‘foreign -ness’.

  20. Kelp Scotland

    What a groovy way to showcase the content of different blogs. From time to time you could showcase different themed content. Examples are endless but could, for example, include mountains or seas and oceans.


  21. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    I enjoyed the trip. Thanks for sharing.

  22. grace830also

    I <3 Photography!

  23. Maryam

    This is awesome! Very interesting.

  24. escography

    Thanks for including my image! Great set of photos!

    • Krista

      “Out of the Shadows” really spoke to me. Loved the ethereal quality of the photo. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos as they appear in your 365 project, Shawn!

  25. emeraldwake

    To me as a photographer, it is a pleasure to be in that kind of journey. Brilliant selection, regards.

  26. adogtales

    Nice flight for the eye!

  27. dawnkinster

    That was wonderful! So fun to travel so far in a few minutes, and all the shots were really interesting!

  28. runningonsober

    Weeee! What a ride, thanks Krista! Great choices, and while I love the wind-blown dog (of course), Richard’s portrait blew me away. Wow!

  29. Adshayah

    That was an amazing photo trip. Thanks for the cool update.

  30. margber

    Love this post and the amazing photography featured. I would love to see this as a regular WP feature. Lovely!

  31. Team RZ

    I love seeing how other people earn a living around the world. It takes me out of my little box and lets me dream…

  32. holyfirefox

    That is a pleasant surprise! You’ve done a fantastic job. I am glad because the image of my native country appeared in your writing!

  33. Toby Barnett

    Normal day to day stuff is more attractive than staged photography!

  34. G M Barlean

    Just awesome!

  35. sespeseeker

    I love how despite all that’s wrong with the world, people are smiling and getting on with life. The human spirit is fantastic.

  36. mingophoto

    Reblogged this on Straßenfotografien and commented:
    Glad to be a part of this trip ;-)

  37. tatyanaevetymchuklawrynowicz

    Really nice shots! Really captures the culture, the life and highlights of each major location.

  38. Desi Tiffani

    Daily activities photography, I love it :)

  39. ROSES

    Beautiful photos of normal daily activities. Watching them makes me realize how similar all human beings are despite our geographic differences. They make me feel part of a worldwide family.

  40. fariv66

    Great shots!!! a real pleasure for eyes and mind.

  41. ramblingdon

    It is so hard in photography to represent a whole country or even a specific idea or ideal in one picture. Your pictures are very good and thought provoking, so I guess they hit the mark you were shooting for, I would look forward to seeing photo essays, using your own shots, where you are telling a story or supporting something you are passionate about. Thanks for the Post. DON

  42. ruigomees

    Amazing photo trip!

  43. CarolChoomack

    Love this , traveling from the comfort of my living room . How wonderful the world of technology taking each of us on a perfect journey . thank You for this. :)

  44. LadySecond

    So are people of African descent and Africa not a part of the world? Why aren’t there any representations of Africans in these 12 photos around the world? The picture in this post of Frankfurt, Germany is just of a dog. You really included a picture of a dog but not any black people? Not just Asians and white people populate this planet.

    • Ben Huberman

      There’s a different, fairly random mix of regions represented in each post in this series — in last month’s installment, for example, two of the featured posts were from Subsaharan Africa (South Africa and Namibia), and two from the Middle East (Palestine and Israel). There was even one written from Antarctica! We’ll definitely continue to showcase posts from all parts of the world in the future.

  45. jensjourneysabroad

    This post makes me want to go EVERYWHERE and see EVERYTHING!

  46. muhsina

    It is amazing. I love traveling and these photographs give a glimpse of all those places. Thank you for this compilation, it truly felt like a trip around the world.

  47. muhsina

    I stumbled upon this amazing post. Thank you WordPress.

  48. Annette

    Photos can tell great stories.

  49. kritieeoh

    This is amazzing !

  50. Ian G

    Incredible. Love the imagery and contrast.

  51. dirtyblondebrews

    This is so cool!

  52. ronace4279

    Love your photos and stories behind it..I’m inspired!

  53. Marilyn

    Check out street photography in Iran, captured on a peace-building trip.

  54. marielfernandes

    very, very, very great! Good vibes from brazil for you

  55. 1421art

    Very cool daily slice of life. Nice to have “street” perspective of our global citizens…

  56. arahard90

    All of those photos are amazing :)

  57. vanessaatienza

    The world we live in is indeed a beautiful place.

  58. kaseysimpson7

    This was very interesting, and I learnt a lot from it

  59. oliviagust

    Beautiful photos with a unique perspective. What an interesting way to capture different pieces from around the world! And just a small amount of supplemental text needed for context – photos really can speak for themselves.

  60. camitagonzales0505

    beautiful pics…….the first one is so vibrant with color

  61. kwabenaboafo

    Disappointed because there was no post on Africa in the compilation.

    • Ben Huberman

      The regions represented in these posts always change — I’m sure Africa will be represented in future installments of this series, as it has been in the previous one.

  62. asimplycomplicatedlife

    The photography is amazing!

  63. themindlessmusings

    This is awesome! I love how different each one is, yet so the same.


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