My random tip for the festive season? 2 Words: Take pictures.
Of everything.

It might seem abstract, or random, or unimportant – but trust me on this.

I was looking at a blank wall in my house again recently with the same kind of frustration most blank walls usually give me: what do we fill this with? It’s not that I don’t have ideas, but the process of picking one idea and then executing it (see: actually hanging it!) always derails before it’s done.

Shall we buy a piece of art?

Or a cool picture?

Print something on vinyl or a big canvas?

Just paint the wall or wallpaper it?

These were only a few of the ideas I had swimming in my head every time I took a long hard look at the daunting gap, and then there’d always be a reason why it should wait. For now.

Then, a few weeks ago, I rediscovered pictures of all the random and rather awesome things Richard and I have seen on our travels over the past year and I felt like we needed a way to hold on to a few of the moments from 2012 that really stood out. And by holding on, I mean in a more concrete way than storing it on a hard drive… which really, is like a well hidden bookshelf!

Where better to do this, than on my random blank guest room wall? *Lightbulb Moment of NOTE*

So I pored over a shortlist of about 9 pictures, graded and cropped them in a multitude of ways, only to finally decide on three pictures – mostly kept in their original color and crop BTW!

Eeny, meeny, miny, mooooo

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo – which ones would you have picked?

The first of my final selection was taken at the Louvre, in Paris. Richard loved this shot immediately and luckily he took a few versions of it, so I had a number of variations to pick from! I love that it’s not obvious that it’s a picture of one of the most photographed structures in the world.  To me it’s about the clouds and the reflective but transparent structure beneath it. It almost feels as if the dark, heavy sky rests on the glass..but then the slant throughs it all off balance.

500 Shades of Grey

500 Shades of Grey

The next one was teen by me, at the iconic La Sagrada Familia (the Church of the Holy Family) in Barcelona, Spain. It’s an absolutely magnificent church, but even more so an architectural treasure conceptualized by Gaudi. Construction started in 1882, and is STILL ongoing – it will hopefully be completed in 2026…!  It is already, in it’s unfinished state, one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. There is not a single right angle in the entire building and just look at the magnificent nave. All of the shapes are inspired by nature… I was speechless.

AWE(and then)some.

AWE(and then)some.

On the door that will be the main entrance to La Sagrada Familia when the church is complete, the Lord’s Prayer is carved out in bronze. Along with it, the words “Give us this day our daily bread” in 50 languages. I managed to get a shot showing the Dutch and English sentences close together. I love the washed out colour of the bronze and the way this seems like random letters at first, but says so much more when you look closely.

Imagine doing a spell check on 50 languages...

Imagine doing a spell check on 50 languages…

And the last of this trilogy of awesomeness was taken in the desert outside Dubai on a desert safari earlier this year. I didn’t think I’d enjoying going on a desert safari as much as I did – I can HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who has a stopover or a few days in Dubai. I think it’s such an important alternative to the bling of what is really an uber-modern and very young city. It gives excellent context to the glitz, glamour and, frankly, superficial indulgence that is often perceived to be synonymous with Dubai.

Like sands through the hourglass...

Like sand through the hourglass…

I like the fact that this combination of images have plenty of texture but also a soothing kind of simple abstract charm to them.

AND 1 of the three was actually taken on a phone and not even on our proper camera – I dare you to figure out which!

And the moral of the story? When in doubt, snap away. Wether it’s on a phone or a proper camera, especially when you’re traveling, wether it be to Parys or Paris.

You never know, a random moment somewhere might make the perfect compliment to a blank space in your life, somewhere along the line!