Today, I’m writing to you from Bansko, Bulgaria! I’m spending this week up in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding and eating copious amounts of chocolate biscuits, before spending next weekend in Sofia (Bulgaria’s capital) and then heading back to London.
Today was our first day skiing up on the mountain and it was a BLAST. I haven’t skied in over four years and was pleasantly surprised by my residual skiing abilities. Bansko is gloriously crowd-free – we didn’t queue for a single chairlift! – and it was a beautiful sunny day. I love being outside.
Although I have my DSLR in Bulgaria with me – I now travel with an impressive assortment of camera equipment – I was using my smaller, more compact Canon G7X today. Given that I’m primarily up the mountain to ski rather than take photos, and with skiing often comes a tumble or two, it was definitely a good decision to have the smaller, blockier camera with me.
Mountains are very easy to photograph adequately but very, very difficult to photograph well. Mountains are essentially an inherently interesting subject for a photo, because they are huge and intimidating and awesome in the truest sense of the word. Taking a photo that’s okay is easy, because the subject is enough. However, it’s precisely that sense of grandness that makes mountains extremely challenging to capture well. It’s so difficult to offer a sense of scale. A vast mountain range is reduced to a single frame, with nothing to explain just how giant these peaks really are.
I have tried today to capture some of that physical greatness in these pictures. I’m sure I’ll spend much of this week doing that too.
Aside from the mountains, I loved photographing the mass of skiers from the chairlift. They look like little ants! I’ve also included a selfie because I was so happy today, sitting on a mountain in the sunshine, and it feels right to include my happy little face.
Prior to flying to Bulgaria on Friday night, I spent the week trying valiantly to check off all the items on my pre-trip to-do list at work. There are no photos from that because it mainly consisted of me at my desk, frantically rifling through a notebook or typing at my computer while chaining mini eggs.
However, I did get a lovely, lovely surprise at the end of this week. It turns out that WordPress put my ‘best photos of 2018’ post on their Discover page, which sent over hundreds and hundreds of readers. I was blown away by the amazing comments people left, and am thrilled to see some of you sticking around via my email list or social media. I’m glad it was my photo post that was shared; photos are great because they transcend language and it was awesome to see people reading from over seventy countries around the world. Thank you so much to anyone who had a look around my site. I hope you enjoyed the posts you read. If you did, then rest assured that there’s much more to come!
Now, onto this week’s photos. Let me know what you think! Do you have a favourite?