Africa – upside down, Kenya

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While waiting for my car being fixed on my journey to Lake Turkana (northern Kenya), I was killing time walking in the dusty slums of Maralal. This little boy, twelve-year-old David, full of energy practiced his athletic skills and was happy to pose for me and my camera. When he finished, he took my hand and whispered “I am leaving with you. To your country…”

Feeling safe in Japan

Japanese Macaque Nagano, Japan

Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) soaks in hot spring while carrying her baby, Jigokudani National Park, Japan

I have photographed Japanese Macaques all around Japan during the past ten years, but the ones living in the proximity of hot baths were by far the most photogenic. I spent a few days with these cute creatures in Jigokudani National Park of the Japan Alps, Nagano, and was lucky to have several babies around. This little one, sitting on its mother’s back in the middle of water pool shows eyes full of fear, yet symbolizes maternal security.

Four pillars of Buddhism, Cambodia

Stone columns and Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Stone columns and Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The three pillars of Buddhism are Sila (morality, charity and compassion), DyΓ’na (concentration) and Prajna (wisdom).Β  Next to them you see this smiling young Buddhist monk who, in my view, represents the fourth pillar of Buddhism.

Head first! Victoria Falls, Zambia

Bungee jumping from Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Bungee jumping from Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Victoria Falls Bridge between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe offers 111 meters of pure adrenaline rush towards the rapids of Zambezi River. For mere 120 US dollars, you can have your body flooded by addictive hormones and see the Victoria Falls upside-down.

White water rafting on the Zambezi River, Zambia

White water rafting on the Zambezi River, Zambia

Scared of bungee jumping from Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Scared of bungee jumping from Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Bungee jumping off Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Bungee jumping off Victoria Falls bridge, Zambia

Some more images of Victoria Falls:

Venice Carnival

Legs and blue veil, Venice carnival, Italy

Beauty in blue, Venice carnival, Italy

The famous Venice Carnival is coming soon, so I thought I might feed you some inspiration for your travel photography. The below images were taken in 2004 – in the old days of analog cameras and film rolls. Back then, I was heavily using my trusty, all-manual, Nikon FM2n and Fuji Velvia films – so do not expect any EXIF data this time πŸ™‚

Beauty in pink Woman dressed in ornamental carnival costume, Venice, Italy

Beauty in pink, Venice, Italy

And do not forget to keep your eyes open! It is not only about people wearing masks; there is much more to see and photograph in the beautiful city of Venice and neighboring islands!

If you plan to visit the festival in 2016, here is some travel information on telegraph.co.uk.

 

Shaken but not broken, China

Chinese couple refusing to leave Hutong – the poor quarters of Beijing, China

Chinese couple refusing to leave Hutong – the poor quarters of Beijing, China

I took this photograph in July 2006, two years before the Olympic Games in Beijing. To make more room for high-tech buildings, modern hotels and department stores, great parts of once beautiful hutongs – alleys – in the city center were being leveled and the people sent off to blocks of flats on the city suburb. Despite this heartbreak, several people stayed in the ruins – with their smiles still on.