The Tourist Trap


Loved the old mosaics pointing the way on the streets of Venice, although in the future they may be pointing to the exit for tourists.
Having enjoyed a week touring the old streets I feel a bit bad after reading the New Yorkers’ article on how much misery we bring to people on our travels.

I can’t help but wonder what happens if you suddenly turn away tourists, especially when you’re relying on them paying 100 euros for a half hour gondola ride. Don’t forget the 30 second photo opportunity with two women in Disney dresses for 20 euros!
I’m also curious as to where the people that complain about tourists take their own holidays without they themselves becoming tourists?

Anyhow Venice is a great place and if you haven’t you should visit before you’re locked out!


I should really have written down the location of these photos or get a new camera with GPS. Below was walking away from the Jewish ghetto which was surprisingly empty of tourists and had a nice little photography exhibition.


This one below is from Doge’s Palace, it’s all starting to come back to me now.


Bianco e Nero


More from Venice and there will probably be more from Venice to come. A while back I was looking at the photographs of Josef Koudelka which led to me stumbling across the works of an Italian photographer, his name I can no longer remember. Anyway he had shot a lot of work in Venice may even have been from Venice himself, it was all in black and white and I think it’s the kind of city with it’s little alleyways and courtyards that look fantastic in black and white.


Impossible not to take a photo of a water when you’re on a city surrounded by the stuff.


St Mark’s Square shot for around 10 seconds. I was tripodless on the trip so I made do with whatever was flat and sturdy.
Below I found flat and sturdy but messed up the focusing and with being on one of the busiest bridges in Venice you don’t get a lot of time to be messing around to get the perfect shot.


Big Cat Diary in Spain


Imagine getting paid to photograph these fantastic cats. Like the rest of us mere mortals I don’t get paid to photograph them but I did get to see them everyday for the past week and could have sat and watched them all day.


The lion King of Beasts always looks regal when he decides to sit up and cast his eye over his land. Sadly this chap doesn’t have much land to look over however I suppose he doesn’t have to worry about predators with rifles hunting him down.


I pretty much had him to myself whenever I went to see him. Most days he would simply be sleeping in the hot sun as cats do.
I decided to sit with him and see if he’d pop his head up to see if I could get the money shot, face straight on with eyes locked on me.
Once he decided it was time to poke his head out from the grass his gaze followed me wherever I walked, too hot for him to walk out for a close up shop though.
Below is the money shot, my crack at the greatest photograph of a lion ever!


A photograph I’m pretty happy with. Originally I wasn’t going to take a camera on this trip as it was going to be relaxing by the pool for a week. Thankfully I did or there would be no close up shots of these beautiful cats without my trusty old zoom lens.

Traveling Early 20th Century


Picked up some wet plate negatives today in superb condition. An adventure through Europe and maybe Africa is contained in the box of plates, some of the places are obvious some are not. The one above is not, if you know where let me know.

Basilica of St Mark, Venice

An easy one in this shot. Venice on a gondola heading for the Basilica of St Mark.

Campo Pequeno, Lisbon Bullring

A Google search of the above confirms that this is Campo Pequeno the Lisbon bullring.


Originally thought above but today(31/1/17) a Flickr user has confirmed it’s Lisbon and below is Italy but where? The horse drawn bus has an advert for Chinina Mignone who was apparently based in Milan.
Google to the rescue bottom picture is Rome the Column of Marcus Aurelius

Somewhere in Italy

More From The Dam

Power to subdue what all dread

Power to subdue what all dread

Some more shots from Amsterdam, not my best efforts but I’m chucking them up anyway.
The one above is the gate to the former prison, didn’t know that until Googling and I like the translation from Latin.


Athenaeum Illustre of Amsterdam

This gate above was originally built in 1571 and moved to its present location in 1631.
Below padlocks on a bridge. If you’re struggling for work you might want to find a bridge within a tourist location and open up a little padlock and engraving service.


York Minster


A few days holiday down south in York walking the old streets with wonky roofs, wonky floors and tons of history.


This might be the first of a couple of York posts not many taken on the DSLR but a few on the Nikkormat and the Zorki so they might follow in a week or two.


The above shot is probably the my best/favourite from the trip on the DSLR files.


The Big Yin above. So massive down south that they’ve sneaked a statue of the man into the cathedral. This is in tribute to his album “Get Right Intae Him” which we would listen to as small children and chuckle like monkeys on laughing gas! You can listen to the entire album HERE Might be the odd naughty word in there so if you have sensitive ears don’t click the link.
Here’s an outtake from the sculpting sit. LINK