The new issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK has just hit the shelves, and this month we’re sharing our travel secrets from around the world – from wild corners in New Zealand and off-the-beaten-track India to the hidden gourmet hotspot of Northern Ireland and overlooked Moroccan gem, Casablanca.
Take a peek behind the scenes with a few of the stories behind the photos – and discover how to shoot architecture like a pro as photographer André Vicente Gonçalves talks us through his series on Barcelona’s buildings.
Photographer Philip Lee Harvey took this shot of the Hassan II Mosque – whose 200-metre minaret is the world’s tallest – in the underrated Moroccan metropolis of Casablanca.
‘Just west of the mosque is a promenade which, in the cool evenings, becomes a place to meet, chat and be seen. But at first light, it was deserted and silent, except for the distant call to prayer from the mosque. I love the muted tones caused by the soft sunrise light mixed with the ocean spray, and how the mosque commands attention.’
WAITOMO CAVES, NEW ZEALAND
Exploring the North Island’s hidden corners by campervan, writer Mike MacEacheran and photographer Justin Foulkes headed underground into the Waitomo Caves, a labyrinthine system of caverns and rivers.
‘We were on an after-hours hunt for the luminescent glowworm’, says Mike. ‘Descending into the deepest of chambers with local speleologist Angus Stubbs, we soon found ourselves recast as Gollums, knee-deep in water, and alone in an echoey, pitch-black cavern: the perfect horror movie set. In such darkness, it was an incredibly tricky shot for Justin to get – he needed around 20 minutes for each exposure to capture the startling worms nesting above our heads.’
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, INDIA
Photographer Jon Stokes came across a herd of water buffalo while exploring Assam’s Kaziranga National for our feature on northeast India.
‘While other vehicles were chasing more exotic specimens like rhinos and tigers, we were left alone with the buffalo, who were soon comfortable in our presence. Looking down the telephoto lens, you’re confronted with how big they are – the size of cars – and their powerful horns. You notice the smaller details like the symbiotic relationship between the buffalo and the egrets. These little birds are like sidekicks, jumping about on their backs and around their feet. The juxtaposition of the frantic egrets and the slow-moving buffalo was fascinating.’
This month’s photo story features André Vicente Gonçalves’ shots of windows, forming collections from cities across Europe – like Barcelona, pictured. André explains how he shoots:
‘I try to shoot as frontally as possible, which is not always easy due to obstacles like cars and trees. Whenever I can, I shoot with a telephoto lens, and aim to be as far away as possible to reduce distortion and get the correct perspective. Lighting is also important – I want to be consistent so that everything makes sense when viewed together. I like to photograph with neutral light to avoid shadows – sometimes I take a day to photograph one street, shooting half in the morning and half in the afternoon’.