My absolute favorite thing to photograph is a pipe organ. The more elaborate and detailed they are, the better. Whenever I travel I make a point to try and catch an organ concert. I sit and I gaze at it from bellow while marveling at the fact that someone actually made such a thing. I find the way the sound fills a cathedral to be hypnotic. I am not even religious at all, but being in this grand space where people go specifically to find some form of inner peace, and being enveloped by the sound of the organ, is incredibly therapeutic to me. I also love that you can visit a hundred cathedrals and never see the same organ twice. They are, in a way, an actual functioning ‘organ’ within the church. Pulsating and filling the room with life. Everything about it is incredibly powerful to me.
Jellyfish @ Monterey Bay Aquarium
Seaweed in the sand - Carmel by the Sea
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The thing about the Louvre is that everyone flocks to the one wing of the palace where the “moaning lousy” is and leaves all of the other wings virtually empty. If you’re planning on visiting the Louvre, do yourself a favor and head straight for the Napoleon III apartments. You will leave with a neck cramp and a sore jaw from your mouth hanging agape, but it’s so worth it. Also, don’t miss out on the amazing collection of ancient antiquities. The room containing the winged bulls of Nineveh must be seen to be believed.
One of my favorite things about traveling through Europe is walking down the back alleys of little villages and seeing old doors like this. Just knowing that it has existed there for hundreds of years fascinates me. It really feels like a form of time travel to be in its presence. Funny how a simple door (or not so simple in this case) can evoke such a nostalgic feeling for a time that i was never even a part of.