Postcards from our September 2018 issue
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Blooming marvellous: I visited the royal palace of Gyeongbokgung in Seoul. The palace is a famous tourist destination in South Korea, and is a good example of Korean architecture. It was a very lucky day for me: the peak time for the weeping cherry tree to blossom at the palace. Cherry blossom season is fantastic to see, but lasts only a short time each year. So, I tried to keep the memory alive by taking a photograph and sharing the picture with my friends. Whenever I see the photo, it reminds me of spring. It’s a very good memory to hold on to, while I wait for the days of the weeping cherry blossom to come round again, when I can see the flowers for real.
Photographer: Reader Sang-bok Youn
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LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH: Open door: Lucknow's Rumi Darwaza is considered to be one of India's most impressive architectural structures. Also referred to as Turkish Gate, Rumi Darwaza is basically an imposing gateway, constructed during the reign of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah in 1784. I framed this shot of the Rumi Darwaza on a particularly cloudy day. It was around the golden hour, and the clouds looked absolutely gorgeous. The natural golden light added a dramatic flair to this shot.
Photographer: Reader Aryan Mathur
AUSTVÅGØY, NORWAY: Maritime zone: My wife had arranged a visit to Svalbard to join an Arctic trip with a friend, so we took our very small camper van from Bristol to Tromsø in Norway, from where she would fly on to Longyearbyen on Svalbard. Our trip covered a large area of Norway. As part of the journey, we drove many of the Norwegian National Tourist Routes – a series of roads that aim to take in the great scenery of the country. This included a stretch of road along the Lofoten Islands. On this section, on Austvågøy, the colours and clarity of the sea around the island was stunning. I took this picture to try to capture them.
Photographer: Reader Bob Brewer
INLE LAKE, MYANMAR: Oar inspiring: I had spent a full day on Inle Lake, exploring lakeside temples and floating markets, and enjoying the solitude found in the marshland to the south. At the end of the day, my boat driver took me to a spot in the middle of the lake to watch the sunset. I was chatting with two Brits on a boat next to mine, when a local fisherman, with his shuttlecock-shaped net, approached, intent on posing for the three of us in front of the setting sun. While the poses were obviously contrived, it was too good a photographic opportunity to pass up. He managed all sorts of acrobatic poses with his fishing net and paddle, but this one, with him facing towards us in a more natural manner, was my favourite.
Photographer: Reader Steven James Martin