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A Gallery of Elsewhere

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

—Henry Miller

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

—Lao Tzu

When you get there, there isn’t any there there.

—Gertrude Stein

These photographs were taken primarily with my Canon G11. For image details, click on any photograph above to view in a slideshow, and peep the bottom right of each slide.

Hooray for new gallery layouts!

Categories: photography travel

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Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Writer at Writing Through the Fog. Editor at Automattic.

68 replies

  1. Your beautiful photos remind me of a wonderful piece by Alain de Botton (in his Art of Travel book, I think), in which he discusses the idea that the joy we take in our surroundings when travelling has nothing to do with where we are and everything to do with how we look at things. He suggests that we can ‘travel’ in our hometown, simply by looking at it differently, through ‘fresh eyes’ as it were, so that we notice the extraordinary and thought-provoking details around us as a tourist might – the breathtaking beauty that we pass by every day and have stopped seeing. It’s about seeing instead of looking.

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    1. Thanks, Ryan. I enjoyed my time in Egypt, yes. Can’t believe I was there exactly a year ago. The Sinai was pretty surreal — had never been to such a place fusing beach and desert. Cairo, too, was intense. I’m glad I had a chance to see parts of the city during a time of such change.

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  2. Wow! I especially like your photo of the bridge! I would love to go there sometime but seeing as im 14 I have the rest of my life ahead of me.
    For more about my funny life of a British teenager, go to

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  3. I visited the Neon Boneyard when I was in Vegas last December because of your post from November 2011. I told the hubby, “We HAVE to go there. It looks amaaaazing.” Nice to see some of those pics again (and the other picture are pretty amazing too).

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    1. Oh, nice! Glad you were able to see the boneyard in person — ’tis a great site in Vegas. Thanks for the kind comment here.

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  4. Awesome photos!

    I first discovered the Henry Miller quote when it was displayed at a hotel in Brooklyn. It was just what I needed at the time, so I took a photo. It’s been one of my favourites ever since.

    Also, Sarge and I are using another Lao Tzu quote on our wedding invitations.


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    1. Oh, Ibiza. I loved jumping off that rock.

      I always set the white balance and usually up the contrast, depending on the photo, in Photoshop. These photos here are older, and I played around with some of them — like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Sinai/Red Sea beach shots — with a cross-process filter effect in Picnik.

      I haven’t taken photos with my cameras all year since I’ve gotten used to my iPhone as a camera. Hoping to change that, though, and get back into it :)

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      1. I love the squares, and for my happy post used the random generating style which I think is so much fun! Agreed about the circle layout though I’ve seen it used in a way I think is effective – just a small no. of photos, one line even…and not too busy..

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  5. What breathtaking photos! It’s not just Paris that’s a moveable feast…seems like it’s a state of mind (with a camera to document the paces…) I would love to read about each one but it would probably take so long to write it you’d never go travelling again!

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