My Favorite City to Photograph

Shapes and texture dominate this black and white photo of a footbridge crossing a canal in the historical city of Brugge, Belgium.

I’ve been fortunate indeed to have traveled to and photographed in many countries over the years. Thus far I’ve made it to six of seven continents and, in addition to photographing spectacular landscapes and amazing people I’ve experienced many of our world’s most interesting cities. While cities like Lhasa, Beijing, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Vienna, Moscow and Reykjavik all have their own particular charm, they are not my favorite cities.

Big or Small, What’s Your Preference

At this stage I’d consider my favorite cities, particularly from a photographer's point of view, to be as follows:

  • Paris
  • St. Petersburg
  • Salzburg
  • Brugge 

But it’s an unfair comparison, on numerous levels. St. Petersburg is a glorious city, an absolute treasure trove for the art lover. But I’ve only spent a few days there, during summertime. And, while it would be interesting, I’m not sure that I’d want to spend more than a few days there during the depths of a Russian winter.

Paris, despite it’s obvious charm, is a very busy mega city, while Salzburg and Brugge are much smaller and more intimate locals. And that’s probably while they’re by favorites.

Salzburg is culturally rich and surrounded by beautiful, green mountains and valleys. Perhaps it’s the town’s proximity to nature and its array of well tendered public parks that makes it so appealing to me.

Brugge, also small, is a treasure trove for the adventurous. Its flat, narrow cobbled streets and almost zero traffic policy make it a brilliant place to explore on foot. And, for the architecturally minded and those photographers with a passion for black and white, you’ll find fascinating subject matter around every corner. I most definitely want to return and very much imagine spending a month or more in this most interesting destination. Brugge would be a great location to undertake a major photography project.

Announcing Belgium Photography Collection

While there’s been a Belgium Photography Collection on this site for some time, I’m happy to announce that it’s been significantly updated. Showcasing the historical city of Brugge, with its myriad of lane ways and canals, I’m sure you’ll find the photos to be both informative and inspirational.

The above photo features a narrow footbridge crossing one of the city’s canals. You’ll notice how, as well as making the footbridge an important focal point within the image, it also acts to lead the eye through the image to the buildings on the other side of the canal.

As the image was very much about tone and texture it was perfectly suited to rendering into black and white.

Coming Soon

You can look forward to more photography collections being added to this site over coming weeks. In the meantime, if you like what you see, please take a moment to share the joy via one of the social media icons listed below.

I’d love to know about a favorite city that you’ve visited. I might even include it on my next photography journey. Do take a moment and share your view in the comment section below. 

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru