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.
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!
Thank you for this. The colors and textures are stunning.
I love all these colors and textures, too!
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 🙂
Looking forward to your entry!
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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 🙂 http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/travel-theme-on-display/
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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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?
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 😉
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.
Thank you for the new theme, Ailsa – so brigh, vivid, colourful!
Here is the way I see it: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/travel-theme-on-display/
Good one, Esenga, I love the Latvian socks!
The colors are enchanting
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Here is my entry:
What a funky dog, Allan, he looks a little blue 😉
He has a fragile temperament.
Hope no-one breaks his heart!
Touche! Good one.
Working on my pingback….. (Grrrrr iPad) In the meantime, here’s my post; http://looneyatoms.com/2012/10/12/travel-theme-on-display/
Wonderful, Barbara, what a deliciously colourful display! Good luck with the iPad wrangling! 😉
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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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!!
Love the papier mache eggs. Did you go to Kashmir? Here is my markets on display offering. http://sueannm66.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/weekly-travel-theme-on-display/
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!
I love the colors in each display. Nice ‘On Display’.
Here is what I have chosen for this weeks theme: http://danajoward.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/travel-theme-on-display/
Just a quick note, these photos were given to me by friends that I attended this festival with.
Lovely, Dana, I love the pastel colours of the pottery on display.
the pumpkin bandit stole the show, oh so cute
Heh heh I’m quite partial to him myself 😉
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Great photos Ailsa! Here’s my entry:
Nice one, oztravelbug, those giraffes are brilliant!
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Here is my entry from St. Petersburg Russia.
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.
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.
Gorgeous, Lyle, a blaze of colour from Pisac – those aged books in photo 5 look very intriguing! xxx Ailsa
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Our display: http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/10/12/travel-theme-on-display/
Boo! I just love Hallowe’en. 🙂
I have to say you come up with awesome weekly themes 🙂
Thanks, LY – loving those dried chilis from Barcelona, a very spicy post indeed!
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: http://soundslikewish.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/ailsas-travel-photo-challenge-on-display/
This is so cool, Trish – there’s something quite wonderful about an old-fashioned sewing machine – my dad still uses a Singer for his work!
Thanks. Does your dad make his own clothes?
No, he’s an antique furniture restorer, and uses the Singer to make cushions, sew piping etc. His work is incredible.
Wow! That’s special.
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My favorite theme – on display. Here’s my entry: http://bebs1.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/ailsas-travel-theme-challenge-on-display-international-markets/
Haha, excellent bebs1 the ‘poo pourri’ is hysterical!
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.
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. 🙂
I don’t know if there was any significance. But they were cool.
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Colorful display Ailsa – nice. Here is my entry
Haha, love the ‘party in my room’ one!
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!
Ah yes, sometimes the very best displays come from nature. Lovely.
Thanks so much!! =)
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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Hi Ailsa, Love your display photos. Here are mine: http://wp.me/p23TG1-1sp
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
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.
Every one of these photos is just perfection.
The Halloween prisoner with the pumpkin is sooo cute. Lovely finds you have here. 🙂
Beautiful display! I will work n my post later.
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Lovely challenge. I enjoyed collecting together photos to match the theme . Here’s what I came up with
Goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Viagra market before! They seem to be doing a brisk trade 🙂
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Here’s my entry for the challenge! 🙂
Ooh, I love Kinokuniya, used to frequent the one in Tokyo when I lived there, and the one in Seattle is great too.
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! ^__^
Love the bright colors and textures!
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Hi Ailsa 🙂 A wonderful theme, as always.
Here´s my offering around the fantastic street markets, east of Málaga.
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.
Ah yes, I like the fact that you can see the white buildings through the makeshift sunshade 🙂
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Hello Ailsa. Here’s my one 🙂 It’s the Space Centre in Leicester, UK
Nice one, Alastair, that head at the top is well creepy! 🙂
Hey that’s my head … LOL
It is isn’t it. When I took my son there and he saw it, he cringed away lol