Around the World in Eight Photos

Tour the world in eight photos, courtesy of the photographers of WordPress.com.

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Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat.

On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Photo by Andy Towned

Photo by Andy Townend

We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael Wilson’s photo, “the flower seller,” on his site, BrooklynBystander. Taken in Adelaide, South Australia, the photo below documents a brief moment of commerce. We look at it and wonder: who is it that these gentlemen bought flowers for — perhaps a friend, a relative, a lover, or maybe themselves?

Photo by Michael Wilson

Photo by Michael Wilson

Speaking of untold stories, the following moment of domesticity in the middle distance at Plebs Street Photography caught our eye. A woman, and a man working on a laptop, are both enjoying a bit of stolen warmth during Copenhagen Indian Summer. What is she doing? What is he working on? We love the way this photo allows us to imagine their story.

Photo by Plebs Street Photography

Photo by Plebs Street Photography

Matt Weber, a photographer who has documented New York City’s fleeting moments for the last 25 years, captured this subway performer’s serious glare and the polarizing effect this “subterranean gymnast” had on the passengers around him. If you were on this train car, would you be appreciative or apathetic?

Photo by Matt Weber

Photo by Matt Weber

Another quick spin through the WordPress.com Reader takes us from New York City’s subway to the following quiet moment in Venice, Italy, courtesy of photographer Kyra Betteridge. Kyra captured these gondola drivers in repose, as they waited for their next customers. We love how the light in this photograph draws your eye directly to the drivers, in their bright, striped shirts. Check out more of Kyra’s work on her site, Kyra Betteridge Photography.

Photo by  Kyra Betteridge

Photo by Kyra Betteridge

At Life is a Vacation, Sangeeta wrestles with her emotions over the following photograph she took in Mandu, India, post-monsoon. The elderly woman struggling up the muddy, slippery incline reminded Sangeeta of her own nonagenarian grandmother.

Photo by Sangeeta

Photo by Sangeeta

Jessica Heckinger Nowak captures a different sort of solitude in this image of an accordion player in the streets of Paris, France. We love how if you focus your gaze on the player, the graffiti scribbled across the low wall resembles the flurry of musical notes we imagine emanating from his accordion. Interested in seeing more? Check out Jessica’s work at National Geographic.

Photo by Jessica Heckinger Nowak

Photo by Jessica Heckinger Nowak

Finally, we couldn’t resist these two cats in full relaxation mode in Athens, Greece, courtesy of the the blogger behind evinaseyes.

Photo by evinaseyes

Photo by evinaseyes

Tour the world from the comfort of your favorite comfy chair, courtesy of the photographers who share their work on WordPress.com. For more, take a spin through the street photography tag in your Reader.


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  1. Patricia A. McGoldrick

    Enjoyed the panorama of streetscapes!

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  2. guydreaminglife

    The Flower seller had haggled a good price for her precious Azaleas but he didn’t begrudge her the price. He would have paid more if necessary.

    His feet, which had played the part of anchors attached to his legs, made heavy plodding noises on the ground as he stepped off of the grey path and onto the sodden, brown earth. “Sarah” read the headstone, a magnificent artwork carved from the boulder they had sat on as children. He placed the flowers gently against it and immediately took 3 steps back. He stood motionless for a moment longer before the tears trickled down his cheeks. “I miss you” he said to no one in particular and before he gave way under the emotional strain, he retreated back to the grey path. He wiped the tears and got into his car. Beside him was another bouquet, this one filled with Stargazer Lilly’s. His wife was waiting.

    – My rendition of Michale Wilson’s The Flower seller

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  3. thesciencegeek

    Great post.
    I particularly like the “subterranean gymnast”

    The Science Geek

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  4. neverending1

    My favorite is the photo of the two cats on the motorcycle.

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  5. Sangeeta

    Thank you for including one of my photographs here.

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  6. Andy Townend

    Thank you so much for featuring belgianstreets.com in this post alongside some great photos from fellow bloggers around the world!

    Andy

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  7. M-R

    If you want to check out Oz street photography. Krista, you can’t do better than Lignum Draco: http://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/
    Of course, that he works in Sydney may make me a teeny bit biased … [grin]

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  8. Shauna841505

    Great photos! Captured perfect moments.

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  9. evinaseyes

    A big thank you for including my pic in your selection!

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  10. Swav

    Thanks for inspiration to create my new series of ‘photo journey’ blog posts.

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  11. Jeff | Planet Bell

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing this group. I really like the guy on the subway – that is a great capture.

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  12. kellie@writingmoment

    I think you mean *through photos?
    I love these candid shots! The balcony one is beautifulšŸ™‚

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  13. Jessica

    Nice work – Thank you! I work with travel advertisements at work, and it’s nice to see something from a different perspective other than the typical promotional material.

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  14. A Maine Mama

    Love these photos…what a wonderful tribute.

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  15. Tessa Ruth

    What a fantabulous post! It makes me want to explore more blogs with pictures/art/photo which I never would’ve thought. Truly a picture can speak a thousand words.

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  16. Pam Miller

    Can hear the accordion player on le rue of Paris, France as he hums La Vie En Rose. Ahhhhh . . .

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  17. thegirlnamedlou

    Amazing photography! Moments to live for.

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  18. Marie Lough

    I love the images you shared and the comments, as well. So true that we are traveling the world with these blogs!

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  19. Sheri

    I love this post because it’s a visual snapshot of lots of blogs at once and a great way to discover new blogs to follow.

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  20. GonnaBeAWriter

    Oprah Winfrey once said something to the effect of, while we are only conscious of our own and present reality, in every moment there are a gazillion other realities and moments being experienced by people, animals, trees, nature… This thought has stayed with me since the time I heard it…

    I loved this post because it gives me a glimpse into the world and far reaching areas where I may never get a glimpse into otherwise.

    Love the moments captured especially of the ordinary and every day moments like the boy reading, the men standing besides their gondolas…

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  21. chevytravel12

    Great natural photos.

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  22. missknotch

    How cute are the cats?? Really cool idea and great post! Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. toviabay

    Lovely photos

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  24. Brian Casey

    A great view of the world captured in a few intimate moments.

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  25. griffinlantzins

    Very cool pictures!

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  26. mycraefamily

    Great photos!

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  27. nanakaren

    I very much enjoyed the photos in this post because they are reality. Nothing is posed and the pictures actually show us the people of the world rather than building, landmarks and tourist attractions. Thanks for keeping it real.

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  28. motherhubbard

    I found this a joy to read!

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  29. Christen

    I just adore the idea behind street photography. Thanks for sharing this collection of photos!

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  30. broton

    Love this.

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  31. alannahaynes

    This is amazing! This really opens your eyes about other cultures besides yours. So inspiring.

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  32. bigsands

    Love the cats on the bike.

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  33. Kelly Ann

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing these!

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  34. captcrazyguide

    I really enjoyed the subway performer, having been to NYC you never know what your day may hold as you go into the subway, AWESOME PIC!!

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  35. Grilling And Chilling Soapstone Company

    What an enjoyable trip! thanks

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  36. writersdream9

    These are some great shots, moments in time. Very evocative

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  37. Beautiful world in my eyes

    I really enjoyed the pictures, awesome choice! They tell stories, catch your interest and touch your soul. Thanks for that. EdEn

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  38. Boogie's Boutique

    Nice photos…especially the young boy reading and the subway performer.

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  39. jpunktspunkt

    great photos! just been in paris and saw the same accordeon player on that bridge..

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