I was born to be an explorer

Flower with bee

New Bi-Weekly Feature: Monochrome Thursday

I decided to establish a new weekly feature at my photo blog: a Monochrome Thursday.

Why do this?

I started to use black and white film when I took some photography courses back in 1990, but since I bought my digital camera in 2012, I haven’t taken B&W photography.

Recently I relocated and with this movement, I found some piles of my developed black and white films (as well as the color ones) taken since those dates, that were kept in boxes. I felt very happy to see those old films and the photos developed from them, and thought that I would like to make B&W photography again.

I’ve been posting in this photography blog only photography in color, something I will still do because I love to see the colors of the world, but I want to take again B&W photography, now with my digital camera. So, I will post every two Thursdays, from next week until December 31, a B&W photography. Be prepared! If you want to join and post a link with a B&W photo these days, you are more than welcome to post it at the comments.

Me and my blog

My name is Marianne. I was born, raised and currently reside in Mexico City, a chaotic as well as interesting City.

One of my hobbies is photography, and this is the reason I started this blog: to share what I photograph during my travels outside and inside Mexico or about anything that catches my attention in my daily world. So this is essentially a photo blog. I’m especially interested in travel photography, street photography, architectural photography, art, nature, and cultural diversity,

I named my blog  “Exploring the world”, having in mind the idea of exploring it by images, not by words. For this reason, I generally post only photographs, although I sometimes write about the places I travel to, but not too often. I prefer my photographs to talk about the world.

My enthusiasm for photography started in my childhood when my parents gave me as a Christmas present my first camera, an Instamatic 101 Kodak Camera that I usually took to my school to photograph  my friends as well as my daily life, but I guess that essentially the reason for my approach to photography was that when I was a child my father usually carried his camera around and was always taking photographs. Nevertheless, I got seriously involved in photography as a teenager when my dad gave me his Canon TX camera, a manual 35 mm SLR. Back then, I joined a photography workshop at my high school, where I learned lab techniques, and some others at the Argentinean House of Culture in Mexico City. I will always remember that experience as a great adventure that made me really happy.

Mexico City. Me, while taking a photography workshop at the Argentinean House of Culture, in 1992
Mexico City. Me, while taking a photography workshop at the Argentinean House of Culture, in 1992

I have used the same Canon TX camera since back then until 2012 when I got into a new adventure: digital photography. An adventure that I want to share with you, so I hope you will join me “exploring the world” in this photo blog.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely,

every hundredth of a second.”

Marc Riboud

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Hello World!

I want to thank all the visitors to my blog, to the people who clicked on the Like button and the ones that took the time to make a comment over my photography posts.

 

THANK YOU.
Happy New Year 2014!

marianne gv

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

THANK YOU for being part of my photography blog during 2012; for visiting, following and commenting my blog.

Greetings!

marianne gv

Beautiful Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the “Beautiful Blogger Award!”  It’s a complete surprise, and also an honor being considered for the award. I want to thank danajoward the nomination.

Thank you Dana!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Attach the award to your site.
  3. Share 7 random facts about you.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award and 15 for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Seven random facts about me:

I love photography. I enjoy promenades in nature. I love to travel. I enjoy doing crafts. I admire art. I love to receive letters from friends or family by regular mail.  I recently became aunt of a beautiful and lovely boy, who is also my godson.

The Nominations are:

1. http://neelywang.com/

2. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/

3. http://hikingphoto.com/

4. http://thismansjourney.net/

5. http://nickexposed.com/

6. http://vandelune.wordpress.com/

7. http://barry-stein.net/

8. http://fstopfun.com/

9. http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

10. http://ivanterzic.wordpress.com/

11. http://rubicorno.com/

12. http://rekaras.wordpress.com/

13. http://natethiessen.wordpress.com/

14. http://smallestforest.net/

15. http://sedge808.wordpress.com/

Free Tag Zone: “Voyage en éphémère” and “Graffs en Capitales”

Free Tag Zone invited me to become an author on the project “Voyage en éphémère”, and also as permanent correspondent photographer in Mexico City for the international project “Graffs en Capitales”. While both projects are focused on street art and graffiti, the second one is specially dedicated to the street art at capital cities around the world

This is my presentation at Voyage en éphémère:

 “My enthusiasm for photography started in my childhood when my parents gave me as a Christmas present my first camera, an Instamatic 101 Kodak Camera, though I got seriously involved in photography as a teenager when my dad gave me his Canon TX camera, a manual 35 mm SLR, back then I joined a photography workshop at the Argentinean House of Culture in Mexico City and learned lab techniques. I have used the same Canon TX camera until a year and a half ago when I got into a new adventure: digital photography.

 About photography, I’m especially interested in travel photography, street photography, architectural photography, art and street art photography, portrait, cultural diversity and anthropological manifestations of religious practices.

 Street art represents a natural interest for me, since I have been interested in all art manifestations. In fact, one of my favorite activities is visiting museums, but for me you can also find very impressive art on the street, sometimes more impressive because it naturally has a surprising factor: finding art where you never expected to find it.

 Being invited by Free Tag Zone is a compliment for me and also a great opportunity, because they are considering that my photography is interesting, and because Free Tag Zone has a praiseworthy objective: to spread the amazing street art that is created around the world in a single web site.“

 Marianne Gonzalez Vergara, le 11 juillet 2012

Hello world!

Welcome to my photography blog, where I will photo post about the interesting things I found during my international and national travels, as well as all the interesting things I see around my City: Mexico. I’m especially interested in travel photography, street photography, architectural photography, art and street art, portrait, cultural diversity and anthropological manifestations of religious practices.

Marianne Gonzalez Vergara (mariannegv)