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A Rainy Day in Hungary

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

— Rabindranath Tagore

Dedicated to Timea.

Images photographed on rainy days in Budapest and Debrecen, Hungary.

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Vancouver in November

I decided, on short notice, to surprise my youngest daughter on her birthday. So I hopped on a flight to Vancouver, BC, Canada in early November. I booked an apartment in Yaletown with a great view.  Despite the weather being typically rainy and cold, I still enjoyed my week there because I was able to spend some quality time with my daughter. I love Vancouver anytime of the year. Fall color was starting to appear in the city as evidenced by some photographs I took from the apartment.

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Tuscany – Week 1

Oh Toscana, it’s been four years! I didn’t realize how much I missed this place until we arrived a week ago.  Our base is Casa Bel Posto, just outside of Cortona in the middle of Tuscany. It’s rained pretty much everyday, but that hasn’t stopped me from photographing whenever I can.  Here’s a set of favorite images from my first week here, all taken within an hour’s drive:

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Barcelona – Oh My Gaudi!

During our Spain trip we made a quick overnight trip to Barcelona via high-speed train from Valencia. In 3 hours, we were in the playground of famous architect Antonio Gaudi. I planned our itinerary around his famous buildings. It was nothing short of amazing. Being in Basilica de La Sagrada Familia was magical. I have never been to such an spectacular place. I was in awe the entire time I was there. It’s still being constructed and is expected to be complete in 2026. I will plan on going back again when it’s done.

Here’s a series of infrared photographs of the works of Gaudi in Barcelona including La Pedrera, Parc Guell and Basilica de La Sagrada Familia (sans cranes). Color images and video will follow in upcoming posts.


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O Valencia – Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias

I’m in Valencia Spain right now. I’ve only been here one day and I can tell that I’m going to love it here. I decided to post a travel update of digital infrared images I shot at Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias. We had some interesting clouds coming off the coastline and it rained slightly, but let up so I could continue to photograph.  Here’s a dozen of my favorites from today.

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Paris Street Art – Vitry-sur-Seine

While in Paris, we took a day trip out to a suburb of Paris called Vitry-sur-Seine to check out the street art and murals.  Here you’ll find work of very well known stencil artists such as C215 and Alice. The town council has made it a local culture policy to encourage the proliferation of streets art and even bring the artists into the local schools to teach their craft. Here’s my documentary images from an afternoon in Vitry-sur-Seine. Be sure to watch the video!


Here’s a video that contains many more images I shot in Vitry:

The Street Art of Paris: Vitry Sur Seine from Carol Watson on Vimeo.



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Digital Infrared in Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

There is something mystical about the large cemeteries in Europe. There is so much history buried there from famous composers and political figures to movies stars and rock stars. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and is the resting place of  over a million people including Chopin, Rossini, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Marcel Marceau and Sarah Bernhardt. As you can imagine, if you’re a photographer, there is no way you can cover it in one afternoon (which was all the time I had during my first visit there). I look forward to spending more time there during my trip to Paris next month.

I tend to shoot cemeteries in infrared mainly because of IR’s ability to highlight both the vegetation and the textures of the masonry and statuary. Here’s a few images from Père Lachaise I took last year.

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Ghosts on the Red Coat Trail

The Red Coat Trail runs along the southern portions of three provinces in Canada: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This route is the same route taken by the North West Mounted Police in 1874 as they tried to bring law and order to the Canadian West.  One of my personal projects is to photograph the vanishing relics of rural life along the Red Coat Trail.  A few years ago, I photographed along the Red Coat Trail in Saskatchewan. On my recent trip to Alberta, I headed out on the Red Coat Trail south of Taber and headed east to Foremost. I was able to capture these images to add my series.


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Permanent Parisians #1

The cemeteries of Paris are filled with beautiful monuments and an impressive number of very famous artists, writers and musicians.  Here’s a teaser from my visit to Cimitiere de Montmartre which is just a short walk from my apartment in Montmartre.