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The Lead Singer

The Lead Singer
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Travel is a major love of my life. I have been fortunate enough to spend a number of years on the road and I have adored every minute of them. It changed my life at a time when it needed to change and before discovering photography it was the main obsession in my life (actually it still is). When I should have been working at the nine to five, I would instead be plotting routes through various parts of the world. It has nothing to do with being restless in life but the fact that we live on an amazing planet and I don’t want my view of other countries and cultures to be provided by the mainstream media.

Now that I can navigate my way around Lightroom a bit better than when I took these shots during a two month trip through Indonesia in 2012, I thought I would put together a short series of images from this amazing country. My style of photography has really changed over the last twelve months and so that is why this series will be no longer than about ten to twelve images (no one wants to sit through hundreds of photos of volcanoes and islands). It was also the first time I had used an SLR when travelling so you could call this my first photography efforts.

This first image was taken in Riung on the island of Flores. Flores is my favourite island of Indonesia and also the most challenging travel I have experienced in South East Asia (more of that later in the series). There were not many travellers in Riung at the time and the girls were very interested in chatting to my partner. When they requested that I take their photo you could tell straight away that if they were a band, the one in the middle was the lead singer.

Hope you are all having a great start to 2014.
Date: 2014-01-06 15:24:54

Indonesia Travel Photography Riung Flores Portrait Nikon D7000

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Sad to have the cell phone old world series end...
Excited to see your photographic beginnings.
I can see that you were working the shadows way back then.
...and yes, processing is good.
pratyay 2014-01-06 15:29:30
actually it's a great shot. there is a lot of connection between you and them and between themselves. nice one mark!
stephen cosh 2014-01-06 16:00:44
Cool shot Mark. Love the expressions on the girls faces. Look forward to see in the rest if the series xx
Craigie65 2014-01-06 16:04:14
@DeeInna 2014-01-06 16:04:45
Great shot! Love the diversity in your stream!
Frank Busch 2014-01-06 16:11:46
Three girls - three attitudes - one wonderful catch.
Looking forward to see more of this series Mark and wish you a wonderful new year with lots of inspiration and places to discover.
Markus Lehr 2014-01-06 16:12:18
Am excited about this series. Love reading the background to this. The look on the central girl is so sassy. Keep 'em coming, Sir!
Brendan Ó Sé 2014-01-06 16:58:38
looking forward to your indonesian stuff..;-)
Happy New Year!..;-)
mouzhik 2014-01-06 17:20:00
Wonderful image image mate!
the mr gnu 2014-01-06 17:36:35
Wonderful portraits!
Meljoe San Diego 2014-01-06 17:49:55
Lovely trio! They are so interested in you.
Pen and Vogue 2014-01-06 18:41:33
Fantastic photo. Really glad to get the chance to see more of your Indonesia shots. And the processing is really good mate.
anthonyfoster1973 2014-01-06 18:56:10
I like your foreword! The picture is great - classics travel photography.... I love their expresionss - especially a suspicious look of a middle girl!
Pavel P. 2014-01-06 19:08:35
Wonderful story and title mate, absolutely wonderful. Love this one very much, there is so much character, playful and honest, that is simply jumps of the screen. Fabulous stuff my friend. And I'm also excited because I've been thinking more and more about traveling to Indonesia sometime, soon hopefully, but not so soon realistically. Lookin' forward to it fella, and cracker of an image once more mate.
Albion Harrison-Naish 2014-01-06 19:59:30
Great story mate! and a wonderful scene
Postcards From The Edge Photography 2014-01-06 20:09:36
Looking forward to this! You're series are always so well crafted! Love your shadow across the girls! It's awesome you've been able to see the World and work doing what you love (I'm still in the process of that). Beautiful portraits and light! Later mate :)
Angelo G.I.O. 2014-01-06 20:48:44
wonderful image Mark & yes the middle one rules its all in the eyes
denny57uk 2014-01-06 22:16:55
so fine when you talk and show the pics ....
obsidiana10 2014-01-06 23:29:07
Wonderful! The expression of the middle girl made the photo!
morbec 2014-01-06 23:58:05
a wonderful portrait!

i'm very curious about your slr shots... waiting to see more ;-)
city/human/life (a little bit longer break) 2014-01-07 00:07:13
All three are beautiful, it's that one in the middle that has something special in her look. Love the way you do your series and I'm looking forward to this one!
Carrie McGann 2014-01-07 00:33:12
If I didn´t say it already: Happy New Year, Mark.
Nice story coming along with this, as I think of travelling as the best way to spend your time. You caught some great expressions there, excellent triple-portrait
christian1712 2014-01-07 00:56:39
Lovely travel documentary portraiture Mark. Nice of them to give you this lovely portrait. Looking forward to more tales of your travels.
Andy Katsaitis 2014-01-07 01:29:34
love the girl in the middle - she has attitude. multilayered :)
Katische Haberfield 2014-01-07 02:02:52
Great image, Mark. The girls' characters shine through perfectly
Belhaven2011 2014-01-07 02:20:07
That's such a lovely candid shot, Mark! Thanks for sharing your love of travelling (like I also do). Happy new year!!!
a g n è s 2014-01-07 04:11:38
excellent capture Mark - loving their expressions :_)
linlaw39 2014-01-07 04:31:17
lol, love the title, very appropriate.
Puresilk Images (AWAY) 2014-01-07 05:21:48
A wonderfully candid moment, truly capturing the characters of these young women. One could almost see them at adults. Lovely light and fabric detail. Great locale detail in background.
(Super cold here. Well below 0F tonight - brrr.)
It's My Party. 2014-01-07 05:30:52
Travel is the one thing I miss about being single. The ability to up sticks and just go is a wonderful thing. The world is there to be discovered, to be documented so as to be understood and revealed.
Agree about the airports thing, been in a few that are sheds with advertising, but others which are architectural wonders - Hong Kong and Seoul - I really love.
Here's to adventure, Mark!
brendan ó sé 2014-01-07 05:54:33
so sweet!
john@aus 2014-01-07 05:54:45
[] Will toast to that. Hong Kong is a pretty cool airport but got to be Singapore all the way for me. Oh, and any German airport. Love that country.
Mark T Simmons 2014-01-07 05:58:05
This is great, nicely taken Mark, such great expressions captured :-)
Nick Barkworth 2014-01-07 06:20:51
Wonderful photo!!!!
Tonyzp 2014-01-07 07:38:58
Three unique expressions interacting with your camera. I like it.
EssGee Photography™ 2014-01-07 10:41:17
Yep, she's definitely got some attitude happening there. Love your title for this image, Mark. It's going to be a real treat to see some of your photography from previous years. I'm really looking forward to it.
Ferguscat1 2014-01-07 13:23:11
iris.river 2014-01-07 19:30:47
Wonderful attitude! I like your philosophy, too :-)
proof_by_contradiction 2014-01-07 22:57:38
great facial expressions….wonderful portrait ! ;-))
henny vogelaar 2014-01-07 23:55:36
Love the story behind the image. My wife and I spent 5 months travelling from Sumatra to Bali in 1998, most amazing experience. Will definitely go back there one day.
Wil Wardle 2014-01-08 04:22:44
Beautiful Mark, I'm planning to travel the world with my camera... one day :-)
fionaLL* 2014-01-08 04:36:13
Great interactions with these lovely people! looking forward to see more of the unique views of the world through your eyes!
light dis coveri 2014-01-08 08:06:26
Too cool! :)
iPhilosopher 2014-01-08 12:35:47
Great shot and title. Think you are so right about the lead singer part!! Great expressions here!!!
Birdhouse camper 2014-01-09 01:32:19
I love the way you think about travel and the world, Mark. It is definitely so much better to experience a culture and country first hand. If you haven't been to Iceland yet, I highly recommend you put it on your travel itinerary.

This is really an wonderful shot and I look forward to seeing more!
Janine Graf 2014-01-09 19:30:13
Yes, she would definitely be the lead singer.
MartinaP. 2014-01-09 21:13:21
Lovely photograph of these three, Mark. Great light and title. Look forward to seeing more!
debbieyare 2014-01-10 01:40:10
Beautiful shot Mark!!
RYA Photography 2014-01-10 08:07:13
Beautiful group portrait, great mix of expressions
Becky Frances 2014-01-13 21:38:47
... WONDERFUL and LOVELY portrait of group, Mark!!!! ... the three expression are a world in themselves!!! ... and GREAT words too, my friend!!! ... travel, know other cultures and people, open our minds and our vision of life... sadly time and money, often, are very hard enemies!!! ... LOL!!! =:o)))
Fede Falces ( ...♥... ) 2014-01-14 20:11:03
Very nice!
ArtsySF©Marjie 2014-01-18 12:59:31
I love this image!
Nora Kaszuba 2014-03-22 11:43:38

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