European Curves. A spot of curve photography.

In collating some photos for this WordPress photo challenge it highlighted to me that I don’t take that many photos of curves. It makes sense I guess. As a street- photographer primarily a lot of the environments I shoot in are either angular or straight. Cities tend to be lines or intersections.

Curve Photography in Europe.

Out of the 400 hundred or so images I took from this trip to Europe the ones that I include in this post are the only ones that you could say are ‘curvy’. Time I think that I set a few days aside to practise shooting curves.

Italian Curves.

The main photo for this post is of a magnificent arcade running alongside the Arno River in Florence. It caught my eye during a day of photography and wandering in the home of the Renaissance. It is located close by the wondrous Ponte Vecchio. The scene can change dependant on how you crop it. There are other shadows cropped out of this version but this is my favourite composition.

The magnificent Duomo in the heart of Florence needs no introduction. It is a cornucopia of curves and angles. You could spend all day photographing it. In fact I think I might have!!

Duomo Florence interesting angle

Staying in Italy below is a shot I took after a day exploring on the Cinque Terre. I was playing around with shutter speed whilst I waited for my ride. Only regional trains stopped at Manarola station and whilst I waited a number of expresses rocketed past me.

Fast Train Manarola station

You had to hold your nerve a little when they did but pleasingly the resultant image of one of these late-night thunderbolts came out quite well. You can see that I got close to the yellow line but if I got any closer I don’t think I would be here writing this post right now.

Plitvice Lakes.

One of Croatia’s top attractions Plitvice is an embarrassment of natural treasures. I was there in very early spring and after recent rains. It washed-out, quite literally, the cobalt blue that you can see in the warmer months and clearly no-one was mad enough to swim whilst I was there.

All that said as a scenic attraction it is sublime. I was particularly impressed how the boardwalks had been seamlessly blended with nature to enable you to wander around the lakes and waterfalls. A must visit if you ever get to Croatia. Make sure you make the diversion inland off the Dalmatian Coast.

boardwalk at Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Avilés. Green Spain.

The north-western flank of Spain is like no-where else in the country. It is more reminiscent of Wales or Scotland than Spain. It has towering mountains, restful fishing villages and wonderful medieval cities. Heck it even has Celtic history and bagpipes! You can read more about Green Spain in this post.

The images I have included in my curves photography submission are all from the wonderful regional city of Avilés

A gem among the region. Rich with impressive architecture, delicious tapas and cider-houses and friendly locals. Oh and more than a few curves!

doorway Aviles Green Spain


burning candle
Wonderful curves of a candle at a Cideria




Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

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