The Changing Seasons-May 2018

The Changing Seasons-May 2018

The Changing Seasons post, inspired by the lovely Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch.

Gosh, I am a little behind with this, seeing as it is almost August!  And while I’m on the subject, August? How on earth did that happen, it only seems five minutes since we were welcoming in the new year!  Time goes by so quickly, it is positively scary. Still, we can but try to enjoy the time that we have!

Back to May. So what did I get up to?

I found out that another of my photos was placed in the top 50% most voted in ViewBug’s Image of the Month contest. I always makes me happy when I get news like this. It’s nice that your work gets acknowledged in some, small, way.

Things to do in Sri Lanka
Surfing in Hikkaduwa

Having just been to Italy, and loving everything Italian, there was an exhibition on at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, called ” Opera Omnia.” It displayed 40 masterpieces by Caravaggio, only they were HD reproductions of the incredibly detailed originals, which are currently housed in museums across the globe. It was really fascinating to see how the painter’s style makes his subjects seem so life-like.

I started reading Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, the second in the Ibis trilogy, (The Sea of Poppies is the first), and the continuance of the story of the opium trade between India and China and the characters that are involved with that. I’m really enjoying it and Ghosh is one of my favourite authors because his writing really makes you feel like you are in the middle of things.

Things to do in free time
River of Smoke, Amitav Ghosh

I had two fixes of art in May, later in the month I went to another art gallery to see an exhibition called “Abandonia.” The photographs were all of derelict places around Thailand that have just been abandoned, hence the name. I’m always inspired when I see other photographer’s work because, sometimes, the simplest of subjects can tell a story and, on a personal level, it’s a great way to continue learning.

My friend and I ended the month at a restaurant called Eats Prayo, for Khao Soi, a dish originating from Northern Thailand, with a mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles, shallots, lime, chilies and chicken or seafood in a deliciously creamy coconut sauce. It has quickly become my favourite Thai dish.

Things to Eat in Bangkok
Khao Soi with seafood Photo Credit: Chris Wotton

Afterwards, we had a few sun-downers (and after sun-downers) at a new bar called Cactus, a roof top bar on the leafy-laned Yenakat Road in a less hectic part of Bangkok. We enjoyed the evening so much, we went back for round two a couple of days later!

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic)

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

2 Replies to “The Changing Seasons-May 2018”

  1. Many congratulations that your photo was placed in the top 50% most voted images, Gill! Needless to say how very well deserved that is. 😉
    And I just love Carravagio! He´s one of my very favourite painters (of which I happen to have more than I care to admit 😉 ). The idea of the HD exhibition is a lovely one, although nothing of course can top the real thing. But it´s nice to have a possibility to view it in an open space instead of only a book´s page.
    Have a lovely July and I´m already looking forward to your next Changing Seasons post! xx

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! I thought the HD reproduction was quite a good idea, I didn’t have the chance to go to the many art galleries in Italy. I will do when I go back, whenever that is! Yes, you too! Best Wishes and much love 🙂

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