Author Archives: Glinda Raye

October 10

11 x Stromboli

…So we raced around Piscità and San Bartolo, snapping photographs of the gloom, and caught the last ferry back to the mainland. Only then did we realize that we hadn’t photographed a single islander. The entire population had vanished indoors to ride out the storm.

October 04

11 x Ghosts

  “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley…” When Robert Burns wrote these lines, he might have been describing the settlements and structures in these photos. No one starts any enterprise planning for failure, and when life overcomes them and washes away their dreams, it must come as a painful shock. And yet there are thousands […]

October 04

11 x Dubrovnik

  The name translates into English as “Oak Grove,” but there aren’t many oaks in evidence around the Old Town World Heritage Site here. The nearest greenery lies in the hills above, from which the Serbs and Montenegrins shelled the city during the seven-month siege of 1991. Not much damage was done in the Croatian War for Independence, […]

October 04

11 x Sunsets

One cliché of the photography trade nowadays is that no one will buy a sunset, so why bother taking them? It proves you can get jaded about anything if you try hard enough, because nearly every night, the California beaches fill up with human beings snapping away at the heavens. Our very first sale of […]

October 03

11 x Carnage

  We probably have a thousand shots like these, taken long after everyone seems to have forgotten the point of the fighting. In a few cases, the course of history was changed, but in many of the worst, like the Somme and Ypres, absolutely nothing was accomplished. Many of these bloodstained corners of the planet […]

October 03

11 x Passages

  Google defines the word “passage” as “the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.” The key properties are movement and change, two of the great constants of human life. Somehow, in some miniscule way, we expect the other side to be different—either […]

October 03

11 x Bastille Day

  The mother of all Bastille Day parades stretches on the morning of July 14 from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Élysées and up Rue Royale to the Place de la Madeleine on the Right Bank of Paris. For one day each year, the ultra-civilized French put down their forks and wine glasses and […]

October 02

11 x Skagerrak

We actually thought we were going to the Baltic on this trip, but it turns out that the Baltic doesn’t even start until you pass through the Danish Belts and Sounds outside København. These photos are evenly distributed between the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Kattegat–the three massive seas that envelope the Jutland peninsula […]

October 01

11 x Beach Life

  If you live in a place long enough, you’re bound to take a decent photograph or two. Twenty-two years on the Belmont Shore Peninsula in Long Beach, California, produced thousands of shots to choose from. This is a random assortment from all seasons and times of day.  

October 01

11 x Auschwitz

  On the day we photographed this place, a vast meteorological storm had pursued us all the way from Germany no less, and caught up at 16:30 as we were leaving. So the gloom in the color photos is unintentional, if appropriate. We’ll leave it to the viewer to decide whether horror shows like this one […]

October 01

11 x Marseille

  In Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Marseille for Parts Unknown, he marvels at how a city so beautiful and well fed could have earned so ugly a reputation. He shouldn’t be surprised. The Marseillaise have been working on the unrulier bits of that reputation ever since the earliest French kings tried to lure them into joining Provence and […]

October 01

11 x Sicilia

Sicily today reminds the casual traveler of the southern Italy of fifty years ago–a chaotic stew of wealth and poverty; ruins, rust, and garbage; volcanoes and rugged seascapes; overcrowded markets and alleyways; public art and rampant pollution; with world-class wine, pasta, and fish around every corner. Poverty, of course, is a relative term these days. The Italian state has been pouring money into the […]

September 30

11 x Statuary

  The only thing these statues have in common is that, for one reason or another, they stopped us to gawk. For strange beauty, it’s hard to beat the African in the hills above Portofino. For kitch, a topless dancer outside a strip club in the Zona Rosa of Mexico City. A stained cherub, a […]

September 30

11 x Istanbul

  Most of these photos have to do with trading, serving, and selling food of one sort or another. This should come as no surprise. At the junctions of Europe and Asia and the Black and Mediterranean Seas, Istanbul has been a major world entrepôt since earliest recorded times. The food and drink on offer […]

September 30

11 x Venice Beach

  A summer’s day on the Strand in Venice Beach, California, where there’s a fine line between street performance and pure exhibitionism.