Off the Wall……

on the Wall

Street Trading in Bremen

As the air was rather ‘damp’ not the best of locations for high fashion!


(C) David Oakes 2018


DP Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


There I was framing up a shot of old Stavanger when I caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of this couple.  They had seemingly just got married and were leading the guest to the Reception venue.  No time to think…just turn and shoot.

The couple were unaware of everyone, happy in their new world.  They certainly turned a few heads amongst all the tourists.

But it is that little girl on the right that has intrigued me… a face in the crowd. I wonder just what her thoughts were ?

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cees Black and White Photo Challenge…..Walks or Roads


On the Tour….

A pause in the days walking at Nevsky Cathedral whilst on tour of Tallinn, Estonia…..and those pavements were hot underfoot.

Just an idea for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge of Walks or Roads.

See what others have suggested on this link:-

Ban W Cee

2nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Silent Sunday…So Off to Church


Saksunar Kirkja, Faroe

This has to be one of my favourite churches, so no excuses for showing it again. The grass roofed church of Saksun  located on the shores of a sea loch at the end of Saksunardalur.  The evocative dark mountains, the waters running down every crevasse, vegetation that is still a vibrant lush green even on the darkest of Faroe days all add to the drama of the location of this little church.

What make it even more interesting is that this church is in its second home. Originally it was located on the opposite side of the mountains at Tjornuvik.  But the congregation at that time had to make a very long trek to worship.  So in 1858 the church was disassemble, carried over the mountains and reconstructed where it is today. The task cannot have been easy, but being entirely constructed of wood made the task possible.  Stone walls have since been added at this new location.

When we were there the church was locked which was a shame….but that did nothing to detract from the spiritual feeling of solitude and peace, yet at the same time, a personal feeling of insignificant below the surrounding mountain. It possibly goes without saying that it was raining on our visit….on looking at other images of Saksun it would appear that this is the usual.  Maybe that was part of the beauty.

28th January

(C) David Oakes 2018


Wordless Wednesday…..Favourite Places


Location:-  Bergen, Norway

Continuing my reminiscence of past visit on those more distant trips, it helps in planning this years adventures….back to places closer to home next Wednesday

24th January

(C) David Oakes 2018