Travel theme: On Display

No matter where you go, there’s always something for sale somewhere. The items on display in local stores are often evocative of the flavours and aesthetics of the culture you’re in and make for really interesting photographs. Here are some examples of displays I have photographed around and about.

Guatemala Guatemalan fabric

Turkey Turkish handthrown pottery dish bowl

hand painted handpainted papier mache eggs

halloween store decorations

travel postcards from around the world

Incidentally, if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place and don’t have a guide book handy, postcard stands are a great resource, as they usually feature the unmissable sights of the place you’re in (and maybe give you a few ideas as to how best to photograph them!)

Now over to you. If you’d like to join in, here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post featuring items on display and title it Travel Theme: On Display
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes

Looking forward to the displays you have in store for me!




About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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261 Responses to Travel theme: On Display

  1. Thank you for this. The colors and textures are stunning.

  2. I love all these colors and textures, too!

  3. A tale or two to tell..... says:

    Gorgeous colours ! I love the idea about checking postcard stands to get an idea of what to see and how to photograph it. I plan to submit a “on display” entry in response to this 🙂

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  5. cinova says:

    Simply stunning ‘display’ of colour, shape and pattern, Ailsa. And a fabulous theme. I agree with you, the vibrant beauty of retail displays is quite a unique and evocative reminder of the essence of different places, so am really looking forward to seeing how this theme takes me to different locations around the world. Here’s my contribution, I got in mighty early this week! YAY for the Antipodes 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      This post was a little late because I was out of internet range, again! But it certainly worked to your advantage, cinova, you’re the first entry this week, check you out! Really fun photos, the mirror balls are delightful! 🙂

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  7. writecrites says:

    I want to do an “On Display” entry, too, but in the meantime, yours are wonderful. Where was the gorgeous dish in the 2nd photo taken, and the ??eggs?? in the 3rd photo?

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Jennifer, the dishes are from Turkey, aren’t they gorgeous? I was tempted to pick some up but didn’t think they’d survive the trip back. The papier mache eggs were made in Peru – but full disclosure, I’ve never been to Peru, the closest I’ve got is London’s predominantly South Asian neighbourhood of Southall 😉

      • writecrites says:

        The Turkey dishes are indeed gorgeous, and I should have known where they were from. Turkey has the most gorgeous ceramic designs. We did pick up a plate in Turkey but had the shop mail it back to the U.S. for us, and it’s a very cherished souvenir. The Peruvian eggs are beautiful, too. I wouldn’t have guessed they were papier mache.

  8. Thank you for the new theme, Ailsa – so brigh, vivid, colourful!
    Here is the way I see it:

  9. says:

    The colors are enchanting

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  11. Barbara says:

    Working on my pingback….. (Grrrrr iPad) In the meantime, here’s my post;

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful, Barbara, what a deliciously colourful display! Good luck with the iPad wrangling! 😉

      • Barbara says:

        It’s so annoying :S Sometimes it works wonderfully, other times it wont allow me copy & paste or select the text I want to. I guess WordPress is a bit complicated for it!!

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  13. kuliaikaui says:

    Beautiful display of shape, pattern, texture and colors! Such vibrant rich color…loving it! Thank you for the wonderful idea of the do-it-yourself guide book using the post cards for places to see as well as how to photograph. Excellent. Such fun!!

  14. sueannm66 says:

    Love the papier mache eggs. Did you go to Kashmir? Here is my markets on display offering.

    • ailsapm says:

      These are great shots, Sue Ann – the closeup of the dragon fruit is my absolute fave! I haven’t been to Kashmir yet, although it’s somewhere I long to go. So many places to see!

  15. danajoward says:

    I love the colors in each display. Nice ‘On Display’.
    Here is what I have chosen for this weeks theme:
    Just a quick note, these photos were given to me by friends that I attended this festival with.

  16. the pumpkin bandit stole the show, oh so cute

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    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, Pat, that market outside the church looks especially interesting. I have always been drawn to those little Russian dolls that fit inside each other.

  19. mongo466 says:

    Another fun Travel Theme, the eggs are my favorite of the bunch. This was perfect timing as we just visited the Pisac market last week so here is my contribution.

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  23. LY says:

    I have to say you come up with awesome weekly themes 🙂

  24. trishworth says:

    Your photos are a beautiful display on their own! Even the photo of photos… On a wall in my house I have a ‘display’ photo which I often admire:

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  26. danielfee says:

    On display in the courtyard of the La Hermitage Museum (aka The Winter Palace) in St. Petersburg during our visit was a collection of various colorful lion statues.

    • ailsapm says:

      These are fascinating, Daniel, I wonder what, if any, significance they hold. That patchwork one on the bottom left reminds me of a pair of trousers I once had. My quirky sense of style has always gone unappreciated. 🙂

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  28. Here my is my entry for this travel theme! God’s display – not mine! I’m simply drawing attention to HIS work! =) Please stop by and take a peek!

  29. laurabennet says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I love the beautiful pictures you have up. Isn’t it amazing and fun to find treasures like those in our travels? One of my sons lives in Poland where they hand carve and embroider wonderful cultural pieces of creativity. I have some items scattered throughout my house. I’ll bet you do too! Your post card idea is great too. I think you’re so right about that.

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  31. fgassette says:

    Hi Ailsa, Love your display photos. Here are mine:


    • ailsapm says:

      A wonderful array of photos, Francine, the hats are my favourite. I’ve always been partial to hats and feel we wear them far too infrequently these days.

  32. Dieu says:

    Every one of these photos is just perfection.

  33. Angelia Sims says:

    The Halloween prisoner with the pumpkin is sooo cute. Lovely finds you have here. 🙂

  34. friendlytm says:

    Beautiful display! I will work n my post later.

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  36. Suzanne says:

    Lovely challenge. I enjoyed collecting together photos to match the theme . Here’s what I came up with

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I love Kinokuniya, used to frequent the one in Tokyo when I lived there, and the one in Seattle is great too.

      • aysabaw says:

        I love staying at Kino…feels like a library… They also have a coffeeshop inside the bookstore…and its cool to see all the Japanese stuff there like papers for origami, anime books and toys….

        Glad you liked it Ailsa! ^__^

  38. Dip It Black says:

    Gorgeous pictures!
    Love the bright colors and textures!


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  40. Marianne says:

    Hi Ailsa 🙂 A wonderful theme, as always.

    Here´s my offering around the fantastic street markets, east of Málaga.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Marianne, each and every one of your photos is stunning, a feast for the eyes. Those fans are glorious, but my absolute favourite is the top one. So much to look at, and the see-through mesh above the stall is fabulous.

      • Marianne says:

        Ah yes, I like the fact that you can see the white buildings through the makeshift sunshade 🙂

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  43. Alastair says:

    Hello Ailsa. Here’s my one 🙂 It’s the Space Centre in Leicester, UK

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