Silverstone, United Kingdom
It’s that time year again…the British Grand Prix. Below is my favourite photo from having the chance to go in 2009. And yes, it rained then too.
I get asked a lot about the pollution in Beijing. Not being particularly outdoorsy and having lived in polluted cities, I’m usually the last person to pay much attention. But there was a day last autumn when walking out of the office, I was reminded of the smell of my grandparents’ old coal fireplace. It was the day the central heating was switched on and the coal-fired power stations were clearly in overdrive. A few months ago I was rather caught by this Foreign Policy photo essay on the Beijing smog. Here are my own days of contrast. Both unedited photos were taken from my office, the smoggy day in March 2012 and the clear day in May 2012.
Below was taken at the Chengdu Panda Research Base. There are so many pandas here you’d almost forget how endangered they are. Total pandamonium. Having said that, they really are the most chilled-out looking animals chewing on their bamboo – all 12kgs per day – like old pot-bellied men might smoke their pipes. And baby pandas? The cutest things ever!
After becoming one of the more stable countries in the Middle East for a few months, Iraq is back in the headlines. I was recently forwarded this amazing New York Times article on Iraqi news photographers. And of course, I couldn’t mention Iraq without suggesting you also visit this fantastic site whose author took the photograph below while covering the US withdrawal.
I can spend hours (and hours) sifting through photos, not least those taken by other people for a little inspiration. Let’s call it ‘siftspiration.’ I’ve created a new category along these lines, aimed at highlighting other people’s work that I think is worth checking out if you happen to enjoy sifting as much as I do.
First stop? The BBC News ‘In Pictures’ section run by picture editor Phil Coomes who also maintains a really cool blog covering various aspects of photography as a student and professional. I was indeed once so inspired I submitted the below photo which made their ‘Traffic‘ week of their ‘We set the theme.’ Happy sifting!
And in keeping with the season, winter greetings! This photo was shot on a very chilly trip through Guangxi Province, China in February 2008. The winter of 2007/8 was apparently the coldest winter in 100 years. Everything – from flowers to furniture – was encased in ice. Even after visiting Alaska for nine years, I had never seen anything like it. It was rather how we imagined Narnia might look.
This cyber scrapbook is brought together by a Sharples nomad currently residing in Beijing who travels a lot, enjoys photography and is not very good at messaging back to the wider tribe. You get the picture. A big thank you goes to a certain someone who created and initially drafted Sharpleshots as an anniversary gift. Such an amazing present. Thank you. I hope you all enjoy it and please let me know what you think, either via the Contact form or on the usual email address.