Sunday, February 22, 2009

Window of Rock!

Astonishingly money-earning photograph of fat silly German standing in natural rock window overlooking Namibia's Fish River Canyon, yesterday.

Here's a thing. For a long time I've been taking my own photos as I trot about the world, doing my thang, as my regular reader will know.

But in the last couple of years people have actually started paying for them - my photos. I believe I have earned literally dozens of pounds in the last 18 months from my photos, and given that they are taken with a phone, that ain't so bad.

This photo will be published in the National newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, next week, to accompany a travel article, and it earned me the plutocratic sum of 50 bucks. Yes, fifty dollars. I hope the German doesn't sue.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Door with V Cool Name

OK, this door isn't very exciting to look at. But it's the door to the Sleeping Chamber in the Courtyard of the Black Eunuchs.

It's in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.

The room itself is a bit poky even though several people used it. I don't think being a black eunuch in the Ottoman Court was a very good job, frankly. Not only did they chop off your penis and testicles and force you into a life of castrated slavery, but you had to share a room.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Back to Doors and Windows Hooray!!

Me, cameraphone, Namibian desert, car door, window, mirror, rush hour, yesterday, ish.

Hello everyone. I'm in Thailand where it's hot and sunny, having just come back from Namibia and South Africa where it's hot and sunny.

If you are reading this in freezing Britain or frigid America, I thought you might like to see a picture of me driving along in the sizzling Namib-Naukluft desert, just last week.

This exceptional picture also manages to combine several of my favourite themes in one: exotic travel, desert austerity, a door, a window, and me having a nice time in the sun when everyone is cold at home.

If it's any consolation, about a day after this photo was taken I nearly died of heatstroke. I may post about it later.

Kappunkap from Bangkok.