Whenever I travel, I try to capture as much of what I see as possible through my camera. Sometimes I focus on people, sometimes on the place, and there are a few times when I focus on the color.
A recently-finished blogging contest is Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Color, where bloggers were asked to provide five photos in one post representing the colors Blue, Green, Red, White, and Yellow.
BLUE (Prague, Czech Republic)
In Žižkov where I stayed with a Couchsurfing member, this Television Tower dominates the landscape. It’s quite controversial; a lot of locals hated the tower for a lot of reasons, from destroying the Prague skyline (it stands 216 metres or 709 feet high!), to the resulting removal of parts of a centuries-old Jewish cemetery during its construction.
It even has the distinction of being voted number 2 in the list of the World’s Ugliest Buildings!
In any case, while the tower itself was finished in 1992, the ten crawling bronze babies were added by sculptor David Černý only in 2000.
According to Damien, my Couchsurfing host, the infants had a negative rep. Černý supposedly put it there to represent the children of immigrants. Hmmm….
GREEN (Firenze, Italy)
This is the best Couchsurfing accommodation I’ve ever experienced, in Europe and elsewhere! My host’s place is a 15th-century house located just at the border of Firenze and Bagno a Ripoli in Italy.
I was amazed at the size of the place, and even though it was still a bit cold when I was there (March 2012), I loved staying here in the garden, where I could see lots of green vegetation, stone sculptures, and the occasional turtle or two.
RED (Nürnberg, Germany)
In Europe, love locks aren’t just attached to bridges. In the market square of Nürnberg stands the Schöner Brunnen (“Beautiful Fountain”), a really imposing structure surrounded with 40 stone figures.
While hanging on to dear life to the protective railing surrounding it (I was turning the black ring that’ll supposedly give me good luck), I saw this really vivid padlock. Whoever F and R were (the engraved initials of lovers), I certainly hope they’re still together!
WHITE (Copenhagen, Denmark)
I arrived in Europe at the tail end of winter, so I had a LOT of white-dominated pictures.
I didn’t want the usual snow pic though, so I chose this shot. I was going around Christiania in Copenhagen with my friend and host Nis when we saw the swan calmly swimming amidst the partly-frozen river. Talk about serenity!
YELLOW (Budapest, Hungary)
While I didn’t manage to get around much when I was in Budapest (the funky mood hit me again there), I did get to go inside the St. Stephen’s Basilica, where I was struck by the vividness of the ceiling colors.
St. Stephen was Hungary’s first king, and I even got to see his (intact) right hand in the basilica’s reliquary! St. Stephen’s is one of the major tourist attractions in Budapest, and when I was there, a lot of people sunbathed in its steps, trying to avoid the shadows (and the cold).