Postcards from our October 2018 issue

SUN-DANCE Konark, Odisha: I took this photo at the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark, one of the most remarkable monuments of religious architecture in the world. At the entrance of the temple is a Natya Mandir (Dancing Hall). This is where the temple dancers used to perform in homage to the Sun God. I arrived just when this troupe of young dancers was going through a morning practice with their mentor. They performed the Gotipua dance, the majestic folk dance of the surrounding region. It seemed so iconic, that I had to stop to capture this part of Odisha heritage, as well as the stunning stone carvings on the temple buildings themselves.
Photographer: Reader Somnath Mukherjee

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EARLY BIRD Fiordland, New Zealand: We were on a fantastic trip in Fiordland National Park. In this indescribably beautiful landscape, we spotted a group of keas. They are the only parrots that live in alpine conditions, and are also believed to be the world’s wisest bird. I am definitely convinced. The one in the picture was incredibly curious, and I’m sure it knew that it had a modelling career in front of it. With a bit of patience, I managed to get my shot. I remember this moment as if it were yesterday.
Photographer: Reader Kenneth Højgård
NEW DAWN Trapani, Sicily: You get a fantastic view of Trapani’s skyline and its medieval walls from this spot by the water, and it inspires me so much. I often shoot from here, trying out different angles at various times of day and in all sorts of weather. My favourite time to visit is in the early morning, not only for the better quality of light but also for the quiet. The only sounds are of the waves and the seagulls, and it’s the best time to enjoy the city. I took this shot at 5am, when the sky was at its most interesting and dynamic.
Photographer: Reader Michele Naro