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Around the World in Nine Photos

Satisfy your travel desires without leaving the couch: check out the street photography tag in your WordPress.com Reader.

Photo by Pitoyo Susanto

It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the WordPress.com Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip.

My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression.

Photo by Alexis Pazoumian

Photo by Alexis Pazoumian

Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude Beach, in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks as though it’s smiling. See more of Holly’s work at REDTERRAIN.

Photo by Holly

Photo by Holly

In a slightly different form of care-free, we have the muddy hands of Elina Eriksson‘s son in Zambia. I love how his small hands frame his face. The gentle focus on his face and the light in the background evoke warm summer afternoons at play.

Photo by Elina Eriksson

Photo by Elina Eriksson

Heading to Istanbul, check out Jeremy Witteveen‘s fun shot of this clarinetist. Whenever I see musicians, I can’t help but wonder about the song they’re playing.

Photo by Jeremy Witteveen

Photo by Jeremy Witteveen

Pitoyo Susanto‘s lovely portrait of the flower seller, in Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, captivated me. Aren’t her eyes and her gentle smile things of beauty?

Photo by Pitoyo Susanto

Photo by Pitoyo Susanto

Arresting in a slightly different fashion is Rob MosesSki Hill Selfie, taken in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The juxtaposition of the bold colors and patterns in the foreground against the white snow in the background caught my eye.

Photo by Rob Moses

Photo by Rob Moses

Further under the category of fun juxtaposition, is Liu Tao’s photo of the elderly man in Hefei, China, whose fan reminds me of a punk rock mohawk.

Photo by Liu Tao

Photo by Liu Tao

From Hefei, we go to Havana, Cuba, and Edith Levy‘s beautifully ethereal Edificio Elena. I found the soft pastels and gentle shadows particularly pleasing. They lend a distinctly feminine quality to the building.

Photo by Edith Levy

Photo by Edith Levy

And finally, under the category of beautiful, is Aneek Mustafa Anwar‘s portrait, taken in Shakhari Bazar, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The boy’s shy smile is a wonderful representation of the word on his shirt.

Photo by Aneek Mustafa Anwar

Photo by Aneek Mustafa Anwar

Where do you find photographic inspiration? Take a moment to share your favorite photography blogs in the comments.


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  1. rdipyaman

    Inspiring!

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  2. seekingbeth

    This is just beautiful.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. trablog
  4. tedstrutz

    Wonderful post.

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  5. Deboshree

    Absolutely stunning!

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  6. ladynowrich

    Great pics! They’re stunning photos!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Antti

    Thanks! That was a nice armchair-trip!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. uniquelybri

    The last photo is my favorite!🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. shannond

    Krista, The words used to describe each photo made them even more sensitive and communicative. Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Rob Moses Photography

    Thanks for sharing my picture🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  11. keebslac1234

    Loved the photo of the man in China. I, too, was first reminded of a mohawk. Good job picking striking photos.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. thesciencegeek

    Thank for some lovely pictures. It has brightened my day.

    The Science Geek

    Liked by 1 person

  13. marysmirror

    The photos on their own were stunning but with the words added they become unique…I love especially the first picture, it is deep.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. talesofvintage

    Visit http://www.jaewonphotography.com for more amazing travel photos!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. davidprosser

    Excellent choices.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  16. Michelle

    Armchair travel is wonderful!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. tjdeen

    Awesomely beautiful

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Håkan Dahlström
  19. eddyzhuo

    The city in China is “Hefei” not “Hafei”.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Martina Ramsauer

    Very impressive and touching! Thanks:)

    Liked by 3 people

  21. coleypierce

    I really love the dog photo! Thanks for sharing all of these!

    Liked by 6 people

  22. Aaron Cranford

    Beautiful photos! Capturing the joys of life is an amazing experience. I adore the picture of the dogs from Australia!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Luis Alexander Lizarazo Reyes

    Tres interessante!

    Liked by 3 people

  24. Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go

    Great photos and a fun way to get a snapshot road trip! Anita

    Liked by 2 people

  25. Sas

    Great selection of photos🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  26. adudetryinghisbest

    Great photos and good choices Krista for your armchair travels. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Liked by 2 people

  27. The Real Miss Brittany

    Beautiful! These are so priceless!

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Through a Close-up Lens

    What a cool post! Thanks for doing all the research. Your links will provide many hours of photo viewing as well as inspiration for my own photography.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Andy A Charles

    Beautiful and moving; just the images of our world and its diversity all on the same scale.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. sarahbarbosas28

    The pictures are amazing! This post is so beautiful!

    Liked by 2 people

  31. 1qwamena

    Great pics and cool words. Love it.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Ailene Rhea

    This is gorgeous!

    Liked by 2 people

  33. carlabeans

    So beautiful! Every single photo has something special that has me starting at it. Especially the smile on the little boy. Beautiful indeed🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  34. ianscyberspace

    Having travelled many of those countries I enjoyed your pictures. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. vastlycurious.com

    Marvelous variety!

    Liked by 2 people

  36. ahmadalfajar27

    Wow, do you like travelling ?
    Thanks for sharing😀

    Liked by 3 people

  37. equinoxio21

    A very eclectic selection!🙂
    Thanks for the quick trip!
    Brian

    Liked by 2 people

  38. quiall

    Enjoyed this post. I once took a virtual vacation to New Zealand using this technique.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Charlotte Ortega

    Love the photos. Have you found any you like from Mexico a country full of colour and life! Would love to see more photos from Latin America …..

    Liked by 1 person

  40. Marie Lough

    I really like your descriptions as you escorted us from place to place. Sorry to have my trip end!

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  41. A Glass Half Full

    These are great. My favourite street photographer is Australian photographer Tommy Campion, who lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland but roams around Australia snapping all sorts of characters and places. http://www.richardtommycampion.wordpress.com

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  42. Golda

    The smiles in some of the photographs are so beautiful and full of life. They aren’t perfect like we’re used to seeing in the US, which allows them to show so much more character.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. Only The Ceremony

    Thank you for the beautiful, thoughtful, and sensitive images.

    Liked by 2 people

  44. edithlevyphotography

    Thank you so much for including me.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Krista

      “Edificio Elena” is such a lovely “portrait” of the building. I was so happy to discover your blog and that photograph.

      Like

  45. gabrielflores

    The first picture of the Indian man is captivating. Its as if the physical details of his face each tell a piercingly deep story.

    Like

  46. Redterrain

    Thank you for sharing my image and link to Redterrain. Huge thanks.

    Liked by 2 people

  47. tonyaelliott

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  48. sandydunne

    A really lovely idea showcasing the photography of others who are out there, – and sharing it. I think nine is a perfect number. Inspiring in two ways, – both to visit their sites and to get out my own camera,- thank you!

    Oh, – and I can recommend http://trablogger.wordpress.com

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  49. Elina

    Thank you for featuring my photo! (boy with muddy hands)

    Liked by 2 people

  50. atomikcupcake

    These are wonderful. The picture of the muddy hands really struck a chord with my inner child. =3

    Liked by 1 person

  51. accsoleh

    Great pics!

    Liked by 2 people

  52. M@Home

    Love the flower seller and the boy from Bangladesh!

    Liked by 2 people

  53. Treetop Lime

    Like coleypierce, the dog photo with caption is my favourite. The puppy in Holly’s photo looks really happy🙂. Really nicely written piece! Thanks Krista for starting my morning off in the UK in an inspiring way.
    And, one more recommendation, for the armchair traveller: http://treetoplime.com/

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  54. meloheart

    The dogs look quite high spirited.

    Liked by 1 person

  55. Cate

    These are a lovely selection of photos from around the world. I love travelling myself and am always interested in travel articles and photos. I’m in India at the moment and my favourite was the portrait of the Indian man – very striking.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cate

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  56. Lorna Lillo

    I love your people images – you feel like you know a little about each one of them from your pictures.

    Liked by 2 people

  57. Captain Polo

    Wonderful pictures🙂 Will look out for more of your work.🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  58. MELewis

    What a fabulous collection from around the world. That skier’s selfie blew me away. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

  59. Helen59

    These photos remind me of what a wonderful and amazing place the world really is.

    Liked by 2 people

  60. anankhan98

    Beautiful pictures you’ve shared with us! Such diversity in one place is scarce.

    Liked by 2 people

  61. bunny and mimsey

    These are all lovely photos, but I can’t help but wonder why they are nearly all of people but no landscapes?
    From the title of Around the World in 9 Photos, I was expecting to see awesome shots of some really out-of-the-way places…….
    Do you take your own photos too?

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    • Krista

      For this series, I don’t often find landscapes, mostly because I found these photographs while poring through the Street Photography tag in the Reader. I do agree “portraits of the earth” can be stunning, though. I do take my own snapshots from time to time.🙂

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  62. acaycedo

    With a countless number of new images being posted on the Internet daily, I really appreciate seeing collections of the best.

    This post illustrates the subtle range of expression available when peace and joy are present. I am inspired by how the wrinkles of age give beauty and character, as much as by the simplicity of a building bathed in sunlight or a child playing with sand.

    I love seeing collections of pictures, and photo-of-the-day postings.

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  63. neichenholz

    Great journey! I especially love photos from India, those intense colors.

    Liked by 2 people

  64. Clara Ingewati

    why wordpress.com is so obsessed with photography?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Krista

      We love to see what people make with their WordPress.com blogs — we’re fortunate to have a huge, active, amazing bunch of photographers who choose to share their photos on WordPress.com and we love to showcase their fine work.

      Liked by 1 person

  65. Brother Dave

    What a unique group of photographs. Even with the splendor, color and variation I see everyday living here in the Philippines, your post has given me the desire to visit Indonesia.

    Liked by 3 people

  66. zainurihanif

    Thanks for sharing. I hope more unique photo about wonderfull place around the world.

    Liked by 2 people

  67. Lovekoanawangin

    Great collaboration. Stunning images!

    Liked by 2 people

  68. The Little Home Kitchen

    These are beautiful. Made me re-focus. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  69. nerdiebirdie1981

    Thanks for sharing! Now I am inspired to go on my own armchair trip!

    Liked by 2 people

  70. talesfromthemotherland

    Spectacular roundup of some truly fabulous images!

    Liked by 2 people

  71. tinehreno

    These are some fantastic pictures, and the street photography tag is a great idea. I usually use google street view to visit distant places. On late nights with wine and a friend, I sometimes end up using it to show my friend the places I’ve lived, and going on virtual visits to their childhood homes. Thanks again! Tine.

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  72. jax

    All amazing photos, but I loooove the last one! He made me smile immediately upon seeing it. I also like your sentiment: The boy’s shy smile is a wonderful representation of the word on his shirt.

    Thanks for the share.

    Liked by 1 person

  73. jianbush

    As a person who’s never left the United States, seeing pictures of other cultures captures my interest.

    Liked by 1 person

  74. friscabm

    These are sooooo funtastic … ^^
    So beautiful. The latest photo so cute anyway

    Like

  75. ayietim1

    These are so beautiful. Each picture tells a unique story of the diversity of rich culture and tradition of people living in one world.

    Liked by 1 person

  76. developmentbookclub

    Lovely series. Reminds me a bit of Humans of New York’s global trip last fall.

    Liked by 1 person

  77. Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau

    What a fantastic post!
    Ahhh…travelling! Even the memories of my travels lighten my soul!❤

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  78. Valerie Rice

    I love what you have done here….. I do feel like I have taken a mini trip around the world and explored the colourful characters that you have selected. Fantastic! Lately I have been a little snap happy, usually taking photos of old twisted olive trees, sunsets and sunrises (if I’m up in time!) and of course my beautiful dogs, one of which always has a smile on his face. Thanks for sharing!

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  79. pitoyosusanto

    Dear Krista, thank you for featuring my photo.
    Best regards from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Krista

      Pitoyo! Thank for sharing such a lovely portrait of the flower seller. Visiting your blog and poring over your photos was a delight.

      Like

  80. ticktockgirl

    Love the elderly guy in China photo – it inspires me to see such beautiful creations made by being caught in the moment!

    Like

  81. dgmn

    This article is very inspiring, it wants me to go and travel and take photos. I love the quality and all of your pics tell a story. Fantastic!!

    Like

  82. zimmett

    Perhaps you should check out Steve McCurry photos. I get them weekly in his blog. https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/power-of-place/

    Like

  83. Jeff | Planet Bell

    Street photography is so dynamic. On Google images or Flickr we can see thousands of the same photos of monuments or mountains or famous places taken in perfect light. Street photos are unique. Thanks for sharing and great selections.

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  84. fransownblog

    Pitoyo, thank you for the photo posted. It means a lot

    Liked by 1 person

  85. mtltechwriter

    Love particularly that selfie, the Rob Moses‘ Ski Hill Selfie, from Calgary Alberta its so surreal, and Aneek Mustafa Anwar‘s portrait, taken of that young boy with that wonderful smile. All those photos were great thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  86. Staci

    The photo that made me feel the most like I had left home was the image of the clarinet player. I felt I was experiencing another country. I did, however, love the selfie — the color was spectacular.

    Liked by 1 person

  87. Sheilah Bright

    Great post. As a journalist, I always travel with my favorite storyteller – a camera. If you haven’t enjoyed a photo expedition as travel venue, I highly recommend it.

    Liked by 2 people

  88. elsie14june2014onward

    What a great blog, I used to travel A LOT and your blog reminded me why, so many interesting people out there! Thank you Krista! Off to book a trip now…

    Liked by 1 person

  89. Sammy

    The first photo is indeed very profound. I like the photo with the snowboarders too! Great colors.

    Liked by 1 person

  90. srkleschka

    I found these photos to be really interesting and gave good insight to what everyday life is like around the world.

    Liked by 1 person

  91. malleestanley

    Can almost hear the Turkish musician’s music

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