The Angels in the Details

Sculpture in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

I love taking photographs when I travel, but I am selective about it because cameras can make you an outsider, an observer instead of a participant. One thing I like about having a camera is that, even if I don’t use it, I pay a little more attention to the details.

Here are some unpublished photos I have taken in my travels of things the camera helped me to enjoy in a deeper way. They are not works of art but each is a reminder of a feeling.

Painted fence, Opelousas, Louisiana

Girls with phones, Athens, Greece

Sunflowers in Sonoma County, California.

Masai woman, Serengeti Plain, Tanzania.

Tin angels, Nafplio, Greece

Wall in San Jose, Costa Rica

Boys gambling at Nadaam Festival, Mongolia

Meranghue pastries, Venice, Italy

Parrots at the market. Bangkok, Thailand.

Homeless in San Jose, Costa Rica

Muslim Barbies in Madaba, Jordan.

Craft workers in Nairobi, Kenya

Wall in Jasmine refugee squat, Athens, Greece.

Owl feathers, Bru Na Boine, Ireland.

William Morris stained glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Thinking in Yerevan, Armenia.

Wall in Krakow, Poland

Wooden giraffes in Nairobi, Kenya

Oscar the Grouch, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Shy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Doors and windows, Nafplio, Greece

Boat in Stonetown, Zanzibar.

Mosaic hearts in Delphi, Greece

Beggar in Venice, Italy.

Painting in Penn Station, NYC

“A picture is a poem without words.”
    — Horace

15 comments

  1. Kim, these are so wonderful. After your career as a writer, you can become a photographer. The photos feel us as much about the photographer as about the subject….these are so poignant and beautiful.

  2. I agree, Kim. You have traveled to such extraordinary places and have noticed small details and poignant moments. I loved looking at them.

  3. Beautiful photos! I know what you mean – that you can be an outsider when photographing – rather than participating. But I also find photos are my memory. The help me recall times and places that fall to the back of my consciousness. Before digital they were priceless because they were so selective. I worry that, due to the abundance of of photos they may become less meaningful especially to those born during the digital age. Thanks for sharing your journeys!

  4. You remind me of my first trip to Paris. I had borrowed an SLR and took pictures all day every day.. When I got home, I had no photos — the something hadn’t been advancing. But 40 years later, I still remember what I saw in Paris through the view finder.

  5. I was really moved by many of these colorful and well composed pictures Kim! With your sparse narrative perfectly setting the frame, they really show how varied the places your travels have taken you. I predict a photo-essay is in your future!

  6. Truly amazing and rich photos. What a special life you have been living with your travels. I second or third the notion that a small scale, intimate photographic publication with insightful commentary is in the offing. Expect a political view that is multidimensional with history, social forces, and irony — capturing the human condition, including joy and wonder.

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