Travel Photography: Faces of 2013


A fisherman going home after a long day on the lake, Inle, Myamnar
These portraits are of just a few of the people I have been lucky enough and photograph on my travels throughout 2013. Once again it has been a fantastic year for ticking destinations off my (ever increasing) list, and I’m proud to share these images with you. I remember each face, each meeting and taking each shot, and I believe these memories are just as important as the photos you see here.

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A card reading in Havana, Cuba.


A young boy waiting in his classroom for the start of the lesson, Inle, Myanmar.

A boat repair worker chews betel leaf during a short break, Myanmar.
An old lady sitting in the winding alleys of the souks Marrakech, Morocco. Old tribal tattoos from the Sahara Region have faded with time.



Francesco rides across the Campo Imperatore in Abruzzo, Italy, on a cycle tour of the country.



A curious boy in the Sapa region of Vietnam strolls along and hums to himself through the rice fields.

Ly May Chan walks along with tourists and sells items she has hand made and crafted at home with her family. Some scarves and clothes are created with many hours of labours sewing and embroidering.

An old lady sits and sells old jars by the roadside, Cat Cat, Vietnam.


A young girl slowly wakes up from her afternoon nap, outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam.


These six men sit in a alleyway of the souk and sing for their lunch, donations are met with a loud cheer.


Making a broom out of palm leaves.


A boy in a classroom arranges some lunch boxes on a window sill, Kerala, India.


Transporting palm logs along the backwaters of Kerala, India.


Fish stall along the water front, Kochi, Kerala.


Jose own a beautiful pearl white1953 Cadillac passed down from his grandfather and now uses it to taxi tourists around Havana, Cuba.


A old but very smiley lady waits for tourists and then jokes about with them for tips on the streets of  old Havana, Cuba.


Enjoying a western cigarette, Cienfuegos, Cuba.


Waiting for tips from tourists, Carlos sits on his donkey all day long and poses for photographs for 1 peso each, Trinidad, Cuba.


A painter refreshes the wall of a hostal, Trinidad, Cuba.



Sofia sits at home as she explains how she has recovered from an illness thanks to her taking up the syncretic religion of Santería and to her given Orisha (spirit), Havana, Cuba.

“Just bought some onions for  my soup” she said, and then asked if i wanted to stay and have some. Kind offer, but i had to decline. Vinales, Cuba.


Looking out the window waiting for the rains to stop, Vinales, Cuba.


Marrakech Street Photography

The gentle approach

These are a few selected images from a recent rip to Marrakech, the Red City of Morocco. The winding alley ways in the souks, the bustle of the people and the traffic, and the splashes of colour everywhere you look, make this an incredible Travel Photography destination.

Beggar woman in the souk

Once you get used to avoiding motorbikes zooming down narrow cobbled streets, the challenge of photographing the locals, and the “Just look..buy later” from every shop, then you can start to concentrate on achieving some amazing shots. It takes a considered approach, either parting with some change, buying a gift, or just spending some time with someone tends to make them happier for you to take their photos. Maybe spend the first day wondering about, speaking to the locals and buying a few small items without a camera, show them you are not just there for a quick photo and make that initial connection.

I see this man every time I visit Marrakech, first photo shoot.

My experience of Marrakech has been that generally Arabs and Moroccans don’t like their photo being taken. As a photographer, this is a major obstacle you have to overcome. For beggars, street performers and sellers, a small tip is usually fine. What’s a few £’s to you if you manage to engage with an interesting character and get some great shots out of it? Be sensible, don’t flash too much money, but be respectful too..why should they let you take their photo if they don’t gain from it? Shop owners are much happier if you make a purchase from them first become more amenable to the idea of photography. This can be a challenge, but the more time, effort and respect you put into your approach, the stronger your photography will be and the less you will appear to be just another tourist with a camera. You will find you can get past the tough facade and closer to the heart of Marrakech.

Sweet stall, sweet guy.

One way to explore a different side of the city is to see it at a different/strange time of day. Getting up before dawn, wondering the empty streets, and seeing the city wake up and come to life is a magical experience and can make for some great photo opportunities.

The homeless sleeping on the cold, dark streets.
Deserted alleys at 5am.
A city asleep
On the way to the Mosque
This city, it’s people and the stunning locations never cease to inspire me, to push me to further photographic styles and techniques, to challenge myself, step outside of my comfort zone and still deliver images that I am proud of and stand up by themselves.

The grand Koutoubia Mosque
Stalks at the el Badi Palace.
Rooftop Palm, Berb Halfoui
Filip.
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 All photography © Filip Gierlinski