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Paintings and Photographs inspired by Travels Around the World

Photos, paintings and sketches from around the world and a nod to Christopher Isherwood

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quiet passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.”

This is one of my favourite quotes from my of my favourite books and it is about observing people. It comes from the opening pages of Christopher Isherwood’s fantastic novel ‘Goodbye to Berlin’.

When I sit in busy places watching the world go by waiting for a moment which will sum up the scene I am looking at, to capture on film or with a pen and pencil, this quote always goes through my mind.

I don’t hide, I just sit and wait patiently, until people stop noticing me, and start to continue with their daily life… then snap.

And so, it is with a nod to Mr Isherwood that I post a selection of my ‘people watching’ paintings and photographs from my travels in Russia, Syria, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Cuba and Jordan.


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  1. U.S.S.Co of NZ Sydney R.S.A. August 14, 2017

    Reblogged this on U.S.S.Co. Sydney RSA and commented:
    I think the artistry is magic.

  2. kingbirdgraphica April 3, 2018

    I love your sketches, thanks for sharing them!

    • alidunnell April 10, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your positive comment 🙂

    • alidunnell April 17, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks so much 🙂

  3. Mai February 16, 2019

    Great pictures, Thank you for great sharing

  4. Yen February 17, 2019

    A great collection you have there! Keep up the great work! Cheers 🙂

  5. Kemi February 17, 2019

    Lovely drawings that tell the story of people and their towns. You’re talented.

  6. Travel and Learn February 17, 2019

    I love the universality of people watching. Looking at some of these photos, you can’t tell exactly what country they were taken in, and I believe that is so beautiful, because the where is not important in this place, the only thing that matters is the emotion the people convey.

  7. gastrotravelogue February 18, 2019

    What a fabulous quote. I totally relate and can understand why you love it. I have added Goodbye to Berlin to my must read list. 🙂

  8. Anjali Chawla February 18, 2019

    Wow! These are some lovely photos and sketches. They speak volumes about the places, their people and culture. Keep inspiring!

  9. Yukti February 19, 2019

    I love paintings, sketches and that too from many parts of the world. You have put together wonderful pieces of art depicting people from around the world.

  10. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits February 19, 2019

    I truly love how your photos convey something deep and amazing! I wish I could do painting and sketches just like that in the future. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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