Strong focal points were a recurrent theme in this month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up, from a stoic monk in China to a fisherman’s bike in Myanmar.
Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting captures from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for September.
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
A photo posted by Karen Warren (@worldwidewriter) on Sep 18, 2015 at 6:28am PDT
‘Burghley House is a magnificent Elizabethan house surrounded by extensive parkland. What makes a visit there really special is the two gardens: The Garden of Surprises and the Sculpture Garden. The Garden of Surprises is a quirky confection of fountains, mirrors and hedges, while the Sculpture Garden is full of specially commissioned sculptures like this one, entitled Vertical Face II.’ – Karen Warren, World Wide Writer
Why we like it: This arresting sculpture quickly grabs your eye, and the fact that it’s shot from the side makes this already surreal object feel even more other-worldly.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
A photo posted by Daniel James (@danflyingsolo) on Aug 30, 2015 at 5:47am PDT
‘As the boat pulled into the bay approaching Komodo Island I lost my excitement for visiting the famous dragons. I was captured by the beauty of how still the ocean sat here, of the clouds reflecting in it and the rocky terrain ahead. I suddenly didn’t want that journey to end.’ – Daniel James, Dan Flying Solo Why we like it: Perfectly centered and symmetrical, the image works not just because the perspective puts you ‘in the image’ looking out at the view, but because the sky blue colouring of the boat pops out like a house in Chefchaouen!
A photo posted by Christian (@aroundtravel) on Sep 20, 2015 at 5:35am PDT
‘A portrait of a Tibetan monk in western Sichuan, with the coolest hat in the world.’ – Unusual Traveler
Why we like it: The out-of-focus background so all concentration is on the subject; the stoic gaze of the monk; and the A-shaped visual hierarchy his magnificent headwear creates in the picture.
Summerville, Georgia, USA
A photo posted by Caroline (in the City) Eubanks (@cairinthecity) on Sep 26, 2015 at 5:10pm PDT
‘After years of curiously reading up on the folk artist, I visited the home of Howard Finster in north Georgia. He died in 2001 and was known for his work inspired by his “visions.” A preacher with a sixth-grade education, Finster went on to produce works displayed in New York galleries, in Coca-Cola ads and on a memorable album cover for REM. His house serves as a museum to his life, which he allowed visitors to see even when he was alive. After a few years of it falling into disrepair, it’s been put back together with a visitor’s center that plays a documentary about him and displays his many honors, including his Kentucky Colonel title.’ – Caroline Eubanks, Caroline in the City
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