My blogger friend Ari told me I should enter this year’s Capture the Colour competition – a creative photography initiative from Travel Supermarket calling for bloggers to submit photos from their travels that best capture the colours of red, blue, green, yellow and white.
Since I’ve been on the road constantly for the past 14 months, I’ve been lucky to traverse many a colourful landscape and landmark and be witness to incredible experiences – perfect for a photography enthusiast.
Red: The Mass Games, North Korea
No show on earth will ever compare to that of the Mass Games in North Korea – a spectacle so incredible and full of athletic prowess that it blows your mind. However, at the back of your mind weighs the reality of the extreme training of the participants, who live within a grueling and dominant regime – the Mass Games being a part of the societal ‘show’. As a communist state, North Korean flags and red symbols appear heavily throughout the entire performance and despite the people being dressed in blue, it was the red I focused on the most – and it’s true meaning beyond this phenomenal display.
Blue: The DMZ, North & South Korea
The Joint Security Area (JSA) within the North and South Korea division of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a somber place, predominantly frequented by tourists on the South Korean side. On the North Korean side the guards, in their drab and aged uniforms, mark a country so closed and dark. Yet, the one thing I noticed was the blue of the huts – a bright shade of blue that gives a splash of optimism to a place marking a country division that shouldn’t exist at all.
Green: Mongolia’s Orkhon Valley
I spent three weeks overlanding through the vast lands and ever-changing landscapes of Mongolia last year. From arid land, rock formations, a glacier stone forest and golden desert sands, it was the beautiful Orkhon Valley with its rolling hills that was the most green and luscious of all the untouched, magnificent scenery within the least densely populated country on earth.
Yellow: Summer Dining in Piazza San Marco, Venice
I remember being in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, looking at the colourful details of the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace and then to the square, which was very bland in colour, although grand in design. I wandered around looking for a place to rest and stumbled upon a sea of yellow chairs that, within a vast open space of white and grey, immediately caught my eye. It was a beautiful summer’s day and the yellow certainly aided the happy atmosphere.
White: Everest Base Camp, Nepal
In November I reached Everest Base Camp – possibly one of the biggest achievements of my life. On the eighth day of the trek, over the course of six hours, I had to pull myself slowly through the thin and icy air, and it hurt like hell. But the pain soon disappeared when I looked over to Base Camp and saw the stunning canvas of white that surrounds Mount Everest in a protective hug, knowing that the speckles of colour dotting the landscape were celebrating having just reached their goal, and that I would be next.
Now it’s my chance to nominate five people to share their colourful travel photography for Capture the Colour 2013:
Nicole from Bitten by the Travel Bug
Emma from Gohemian Travellers
Matt & Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush
Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps
Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker
You can find more information on how to enter the capture the colour competition here.