Since 2011 I’ve spent about 3 1/2 years out of Australia. Very little of it has been travel for the sake of travel. But I’ve been able to sneak in some R&R on my work journeys across Europe, Asia, South America, South Africa & the Pacific. Those visits invariably involve evening journeys and my camera. They nearly always end up shooting across city lights, across water or a combination. I love the anonymity of night photography in a city. I do it alone but I don’t feel lonely. It’s a connection I feel whilst I’m doing it. I’ve never quite got it right either, so I’m always learning and trying to get it right.
Every single city has a certain magic about it. I don’t think I’ve visited a city where I didn’t walk away impressed in some way. In the case of one city (Glasgow) I drove away fairly sure I’d miss something and maybe I should give it a second chance. If a city grabs me I have invariably headed back. Sometimes it’s been because of work, sometimes I just felt a call to go back and get just a little more.
Places like Paris & Amsterdam will never give up all its visual splendour. Cities like Auckland have surprised me. Cities like Tbilisi were a little harder to navigate but something there made me say “oh my”. The list is long but I hope it never has an end.
My plan for the next few years is to stay close to home, exploring the outback and the beauty of a place like New Zealand a little more. But at some point I’ll end up in a foreign city as the sun goes down, grabbing city lights and enjoying city nights.
So here’s my favourites from those evenings abroad. I’ve left Australian cities for another time. All these places captured a little my heart. Which one day I’ll go back and visit. It was hard to trim tim down to just these 5 with all the amazing places out there.