Nepal

Unexpected Trip To Egypt

Nothing expands your view and appreciation of the world like travel. With so many amazing places to see, it can be difficult to decide where you’d like to visit.

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre compiles a list of the most incredible places to visit each year. At the present time there are over 1000 sites consisting of cities, monuments, buildings, deserts, mountains, etc.

I have always wanted to travel to Egypt and see the pyramids, but I didn’t expect to see them anytime soon.  On the day I shot this image, I woke up at the Kawaji Onsen in Tochigi, Japan. Shortly after checking out,  I found myself standing in front of Egyptian pyramid’s at the Kinugawa World Square, (or Tobu World Square) an incredible park dedicated to world heritage sites.

Egypt

The miniature versions of these locations are so well put together that they really give you a sense of the beauty of the actual location.

Tobu World Square - Taj Mahal    

Tobu World Square - Taj Mahal 

 

Tobu World Square - Temple of Heaven

Tobu World Square - Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China 2014

Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China 2014

I’ve been to quite a few of the world heritage locations, like the Taj, in Agra, India and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, but there are so many more I now want to see after experiencing this park. I now have a deeper curiosity for discovering amazing places around the world and know that I must photograph as many of these places as possible, especially after thinking about the earthquake this past weekend in Nepal.

Tobu Square - Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan   

Tobu Square - Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan

 

Tobu Square - Greece   

Tobu Square - Greece

 

Leaning Tower of Piza

Leaning Tower of Piza

Tobu Square - Myanmer, Burma   

Tobu Square - Myanmer, Burma

 

One of the joys of photography is that it is a way to document your life. Every image you take is not only a way to remember the moment, or create a powerful image for a client, it is also a document of YOUR history. Today as you take pictures keep in mind that you are also recording your personal history with every photograph you take.



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Egypt

Kathmandu, Nepal

Today my heart goes out to the people of Nepal. Ten years ago I visited a good friend who is like a sister to me. As soon as my earthquake app buzzed I reached out to my friend in Kathmandu. Thank God she is safe and secure, but I can't help but think back to the beauty of Kathmandu and my time spent in Nepal. 

Boudhanath Stupa   

Boudhanath Stupa

 

Photographing Kathmandu was an experience I will never forget. The people, the food and the landscape are beautiful in a way that is hard to describe. I felt a sense of peace that is hard to describe as well while there in Kathmandu. It was a magical place with incredible buildings  that had a charm unlike any place I've seen.

Durbar Square - Kathmandu, Nepal

Durbar Square - Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal by Boudhanath Stupa   

Kathmandu, Nepal by Boudhanath Stupa

 

Photography is a way of not only capturing beautiful images, but also for remembering our life. Every image we create is a document of our time on earth and what we are doing with our time. Nothing lasts forever, but our photographs can help to preserve the beauty we see each day. Today, take time to photograph the things around you that you take for granted; the images of people texting, the TV in your home, the newspaper or magazine your reading. These images will one day become more precious as life continues to evolve around us. 

Patan's Durbar Square - Kathmandu, Nepal

Patan's Durbar Square - Kathmandu, Nepal

To donate to helping the people of Nepal you can pledge support through the website http://www.108lives.org/ and 100% of your donation goes to the help the people of Nepal.

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