Written by: Tony

As a designer by trade and a former professional photographer, there isn't much in the world of visual communication that I haven't worked on. From web projects, to museum interiors, to weddings and portraits, my career to this point has run the gamut of visual media. Born and raised in a sleepy town in southeast Minnesota, I moved to Nashville to pursue my education. I ended up meeting the love of my life and adopting the two best dogs this side of the Mason-Dixon line. I love two-wheeled transport, trying new food and am a bit of a gadget freak. I love a good book, and have music playing almost constantly. After over a decade in the same city, I'm quickly getting used to the idea of having no fixed address, and hope all of you enjoy my ramblings about our ramblings.

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  1. June 13, 2014 at 7:14 am
    Jun. 13, '14

    Dear Tony, thanks for hosting the new edition of Photo Roulette! Here’s our entry, taken in a Tibetan village of the Nubra Valley, India. Thanks!


    • June 15, 2014 at 11:35 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Beautiful portrait, thanks! Looks like a very interesting part of the world as well!

  2. June 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
    Jun. 13, '14

    I didn’t realize this was still going on!

    Here’s my submission – https://www.flickr.com/photos/camwears/4545558811/in/set-72157625026411290

    This photo was captured on the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru. What I like most about this photo is the unimpressed look she’s giving. It’s a touristy island, so you can imagine how people want to take her photo every day. She was very curious and thrilled when I showed he the photo afterwards.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks for submitting! I love the looks people get on their faces when I show them their photos. Also, having them thank me for taking the photo never ceases to amaze me.

  3. June 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    Jun. 13, '14


    A man sells fresh bagels at a street market in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:37 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks for submitting! Bagels in China… who knew?

  4. June 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm
    Jun. 13, '14

    Congratulations on winning. I am now drooling as well! LOVE your photos in this post. I can’t wait to go home and find one of my own to submit.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:41 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks! We’re excited to see what you find!

  5. June 14, 2014 at 1:27 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Probably not the best photo but I love the way her face lights up


    • June 15, 2014 at 11:42 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      I like it! A nice smile is hard to beat! Thanks for submitting!

  6. June 14, 2014 at 2:38 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Congrats on your win. Your portraits are outstanding!

    This is one of our students in Uganda. He refused to stay still so I could take his photo properly, but he really wanted to show me his prized dinosaur sticker. He’s been keeping it in his pocket for a very long time!


    • June 15, 2014 at 11:43 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks and thanks! I like the sticker, I can see he is very protective of it. Cute!

  7. June 14, 2014 at 5:08 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Congrats on your win in the last round!
    Here is my entry:

    A typical but still magical Sahara Sunrise for Berbers.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:45 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks! Great photo, and thanks for entering!

  8. June 14, 2014 at 5:34 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Great photos! I’m not confident enough with mine to enter this round but so far the other entries look great.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:46 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks! You should enter though, you never know what might happen. As they say, we’re always our own worst critics!

  9. June 14, 2014 at 8:46 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Here is my entry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laviajeramorena/8600276708/in/set-72157633094159595

    I took this photo of bikers that I was passing by on the road during the Holi celebration in Jaipur, India.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:50 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Holi looks so amazing! One day , hopefully, we’ll make it there! Thanks for the photo!

  10. June 14, 2014 at 8:55 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    Most unique and creative theme! Face of a Nation: Thailand

    While living in Chiang Mai (and who among us, hasn’t landed there for a spell?) 😉 I rose at 4:30 am one morning to witness the “Procession of 10,000 Monks”. In the dim light of dawn, a sea of saffron appeared, a seemingly never ending stream of monks as far as the eye could see.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:52 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      That would be a pretty amazing sight! We didn’t catch it when we were there, but you’re right, you can hardly go through that part of the world without landing in Chiang Mai for at least a little while!

  11. June 14, 2014 at 9:37 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    This is Jerry Kelly, a Warumungu man, traditional owner and stockman who took me horse riding across the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory of Australia, while sharing his knowledge of bush tucker.

    • June 15, 2014 at 11:55 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      Sounds like a really cool journey! Was the tucker good? Not too much roasted kangaroo, I hope! 🙂

  12. June 14, 2014 at 9:59 am
    Jun. 14, '14

    This scroll maker / calligraphy artist in Beijing, China is definitely the face of the nation for this gigantic country. I’d love to have a beard like that one day.


    • June 15, 2014 at 11:57 am
      Jun. 15, '14

      It’s an impressive beard, to be sure! If there is one guy whose face says “Chinese,” it’s that guy! Thanks!

  13. June 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    Jun. 14, '14

    Guys, this has got to be one of the best Travel Photo Roulette themes I have come across. Looking forward to seeing many entries on this one! 🙂

    Here’s my contribution: http://bkpk.me/the-pilgrim/

    We saw this man while stuck in New Delhi’s infamous traffic. In whatever time a red light takes to turn green, he asked us for money and said he was a pilgrim. A little chit chat, a portrait and a few rupees sum up this brief yet very Indian moment.

    • June 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks, and thanks for entering! Great photo! one day we have to make it to India, it looks amazing.

  14. June 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    Jun. 14, '14

    While sitting on the side of the road in Hanoi, perched on tiny stools, we snapped photos of the surrounding scenery – the hanging bird cages, the motorbikes zooming by. But, our drink seller, Madam Ha, wanted to be photographed. She waved to me and posed, with her cigarette dangling, as she sat in front of a typical Hanoi wall, littered with the colorful painted phone numbers of day workers. I would have loved to hear her story.


    • June 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Hanoi was crazy pants. We loved Vietnam more than anywhere else, and the people were definitely one of the best parts. We desperately wish we spoke some Vietnamese, as I’m sure the stories would be amazing! Thanks for entering!

  15. June 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    Jun. 14, '14

    Hey Tony looking forward to being a part of this!

    This picture is of a local Malaya man ferrying us across the tropical islands of Malaysia in his small boat. He spoke limited English but gave us a little boat tour around a few small islands of the northern coast of Malaysia. Towards the end he found a group of dolphins that played around the boat.


    ( I can resize this if you wish)

    • June 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks for entering and glad to have you! Glad to finally see someone throwing a peace sign. It’s not a photo in Asia without one!

  16. June 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    Jun. 14, '14

    congratulations on your win and excellent choice of theme…. here is my contribution. from a recent trip to Burma (Myanmar) back in November.


    • June 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks! Portraits were a natural choice for me, they’re definitely my favorite! Thanks for your entry!

  17. June 15, 2014 at 4:11 am
    Jun. 15, '14

    I love this theme and it’s ages since I’ve played, so here goes… My shot was taken in Sucre, Bolivia. I always have my camera within easy access when wandering the streets and as soon as I saw this gorgeous girl in traditional clothing I knew I had to get a shot. She turned her head just as the shutter clicked and it remains my favourite portrait of our whole trip https://www.flickr.com/photos/madeleine_h/9523817649/in/set-72157634984801713

    • June 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Glad you decided to get back in the game! It’s a nice shot, the head turn definitely seals the deal! Thanks for entering!

  18. June 15, 2014 at 5:12 am
    Jun. 15, '14

    This was one of my favorite moments from our 7-day trip to the Gobi…the family we stayed with was so warm and welcoming. The matriarch of the family, pictured here, served us the family’s homemade yogurt and bread when we arrived. This woman was the strong and kind matriarch of the family – things got done, but there was always a sense of family in everything they did.

    This is the heart and soul of Mongolia.

    • June 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks for the submission! Nothing beats a good home-stay!

  19. June 15, 2014 at 5:39 am
    Jun. 15, '14


    I shot this image of a Cambodia guy after his entire family spent 2 hours helping my friend fix his bike which had broken on a cycle ride outside of Siem Reap. They were so friendly, chatting about their country, asking about our travels and how they love to meet people from all over the world. The whole experience really solidified my love for Cambodia – they were genuinely nice people offering a helping hand, expecting nothing in return.

    • June 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm
      Jun. 15, '14

      Thanks for entering! That helping spirit and curiosity is one of our favorite things about Asia. Everywhere we went people wanted to help, and wanted to talk to us about our lives and our countries. It’s a great part of the world!

  20. June 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm
    Jun. 15, '14

    Hi Tony, I would like to enter one of my photos, but I’m sorry: I broke one rule already 🙁 = I sent it via email.
    Reason: the photo on our site is rather over-compressed, because we were using an old version of Tiny Web Gallery as a script, which does batch processing of all uploaded photos (this is from back in the days when bandwidth was expensive and WordPress was nearing version number 2)…
    I hope you don’t mind.

    Enjoy Europe and ignore all the WiFi-problems


    • June 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Thanks, and no problem we got the photo fine! Thanks for the entry!

  21. June 16, 2014 at 5:09 am
    Jun. 16, '14

    These are some Kogi children who came to greet us as we were heading back from the Lost City in Colombia. I couldn’t resist the look on this little baby’s face.

    • June 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Thanks, great shot!

  22. June 16, 2014 at 5:11 am
    Jun. 16, '14

    Ups… sorry Tony! Just realised I didn’t include the link to the photo. Here it goes: http://nomadbiba.smugmug.com/South-America/Colombia/Ciudad-Perdida/i-T2BqQZ6/0/XL/_DSC1882-XL.jpg

  23. June 16, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Jun. 16, '14

    Here’s my entry: http://www.aliadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/4000-Islands-Laos-grandfather.jpg

    I took this picture in the 4000 Islands in Laos. I was just wandering around, checking out the island, when this man waved me over. He didn’t speak any English, but he kept pointing to my camera and to the little girl he’s holding, who I assume was his granddaughter. I took a picture and showed them the screen, and they both smiled when they saw it. The people of Laos have been through so much, but they were all still so happy despite everything.

    • June 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Great shot, thanks! We had so many people ask us to take their picture when we were in Asia, I always got a kick out of it!

  24. June 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    Jun. 16, '14

    First off, Tony, you have to tell me how you got that stunning image of the Giesha?! I spent a bit of time in Kyoto and only managed to find one hurrying through an alley way. She (begrudgingly) let me take 3 frames before going on her way.

    Glad to see this whole movement is still rolling right along! Here’s my entry for this Photo Roulette:



    – Travis

    • June 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Wonderful shot, thanks for submitting! I like the colors!

      We got the Geisha shot (and many others) through sheer luck. We were hanging out in Gion, when we struck up a conversation with a Japanese couple near us. Turns out the husband is a hobby photographer who has made it his mission to photograph every Geisha in Gion. He was on a first-name basis with nearly all of them, and they were more than happy to pose for us while we took our shots. He and his wife spent over an hour racing around Gion with us trying to show us as many Geisha as they could. It was pretty amazing. We wrote about it here: http://www.20yearshence.com/geisha-gazing-in-gion/

      • June 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm
        Jun. 17, '14

        Wow! You really lucked out! I didn’t stalk them but did hang around the areas suggested to me for finding them. Only spotted the one Geisha and another Geiko but was too far and she was in too much of a hurry to get anything useable. Great travel karma 😛

        I’ll go check out that article.

        • June 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm
          Jun. 17, '14

          Realized I didn’t include a caption on the image:

          “This little girl was on the steps leading to Doi Suthep, a temple up in the mountains overlooking Chiang Mai. She was very playful and curious about the camera. Always love these little random encounters.”


          – Travis

  25. June 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Jun. 16, '14

    Great photos, I’ll look through our thousands and see if there’s one we can use!

    • June 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      I hope you find one! We’d love to see your entry!

  26. June 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    Jun. 16, '14

    Congrats on your win! I can relate to how busy you two are in Europe and feel exhausted just thinking back to our own time there. Have a great time,it’ll be over before you know it!

    With the World Cup playing in the background (don’t tell Travis I’m not actually watching the game) I can’t help but think how your theme really relates to what is going on around the world right now. Soccer has this ability to bring people together and right now millions of people are fixated on what is going on in Brazil – I can only image what we would see if we could look back at all these faces glued to their television sets.

    Here’s our entry – https://www.flickr.com/photos/haveblogwilltravel/11778418373/
    The line for cabbage rolls was long at this market in Bucharest, Romania, but they were worth the wait. This lady served out dozens of portions while I watched her from our spot in line, never once pausing to take a break from the hot steam escaping the boiling pot. While her traditional clothing does well to represent her nation, it’s nothing compared to her cooking!

    • June 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Thanks! Yeah, Europe has been crazy! So much faster than we’re used to, we spend a lot of time being exhausted. And watching world cup games. Hard to avoid, really. Oh well, we’ll have plenty of time to rest once we’re back in Toronto. Thanks for the entry!

  27. June 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    Jun. 16, '14

    I love seeing smiley faces of locals. The pictures are always full of different emotions!! 🙂 Love the one with a man and a horse!

    • June 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm
      Jun. 17, '14


  28. June 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Jun. 17, '14

    Thanks for hosting and congratulations on winning the previous round!

    Our photo was taken just outside the village of Braga, Nepal while trekking the Annapurna Circuit. The photo captures the incredible strength of the local people who transport huge loads on their backs, not only men but women as well. We were smitten by the quiet focus and determination of these two superwomen!


    • June 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Thanks, and thanks for submitting! I remember Braga, for us it was our last stop on our Annapurna circuit. Steph got a cold and my knees we giving out, so we turned back. Just in time it seems, we heard a lot of reports of frostbite and porters losing hands and feet on the pass when we got back to Pokhara. Beautiful place though. It was unbelievable seeing the porters and the locals alike carrying 60 or 70 kilos of baggage.

  29. June 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    Jun. 17, '14

    Congratulations on winning that last one! Great photo!
    Great topic!
    I wrote a small blog around the picture.
    It was taken the day before the suneclipse on 22 july 2009 in India. People in orange were walking from everywhere to Varanasi. These three men made it that day!!

    My entry: http://jacomijns.blogspot.nl/2014/06/travel-photo-roulette-81-face-of-nation.html

    • June 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm
      Jun. 17, '14

      Thanks for the submission! Haven’t been to India yet, but it’s on the list!

  30. June 18, 2014 at 6:57 am
    Jun. 18, '14

    Congrats on the win, guys! Why am I not surprised you won “Mouthwatering” with all your gazillion of food photos?

    Here’s my entry: http://on.fb.me/1pgI5SI

    Caught up with these students a few days ago, relaxing in the park after a rally protesting China’s incursion over Vietnamese territorial waters surrounding two tiny islands in the East Sea (aka South China Sea). They literally had love of nation plastered on their faces. It made me wonder why invisible man-made boundaries need turn us into enemies.

    • June 19, 2014 at 3:55 am
      Jun. 19, '14

      Thanks! Great shot! Things like this were one of the many reasons we wished we could speak more Vietnamese while we were there. Vietnamese do love their country, and justifiably so!

  31. June 18, 2014 at 7:27 am
    Jun. 18, '14

    Your pic in “Mouthwatering” was amazing!

    Would like to try my luck this time too 🙂 https://www.flickr.com/photos/wondereversion/14450970925/

    One of the many pilgrims sitting at Harmandir Sahib (or the Golden Temple) Amritsar. A true Sikh is supposed to carry 5 items all the time:
    Kesh: long hair, never cut and hidden under the turban
    Kanga: a wooden comb
    Kara: a massive metal bracelet that symbolizes the eternity and connection to God
    Katchera: specially tailored plain cotton undergarments
    Kirpan: an iron dagger or a full length curved sward.

    • June 19, 2014 at 3:58 am
      Jun. 19, '14

      Thanks so much! That may be one of the biggest turbans I’ve ever seen!

      • June 20, 2014 at 7:34 am
        Jun. 20, '14

        It’s not visible on this picture, but that man also had the biggest curved sward I have even seen 🙂 Noticed that a few hours later when met him again at the exit..

  32. June 18, 2014 at 10:24 am
    Jun. 18, '14

    I took this photo in Pisac, Peru. I loved the lines on her face and the look of hope, or longing on her face. The people of Peru were some of the most gracious and photogenic of any place that I have traveled. http://jennywisearcade.blogspot.com/2014/06/travel-photo-roulette-post-81-face-of.html

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:04 am
      Jun. 19, '14

      Thanks for submitting, it’s a lovely shot. We’ve heard a lot of good things about Peru, it’s on our list for one day destinations, that’s for sure!

  33. June 18, 2014 at 10:26 am
    Jun. 18, '14

    The photos this round are spectacular!!!!!!!

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:05 am
      Jun. 19, '14

      Yeah, we’ve been happy with the results. It will be a tough decision!

  34. June 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm
    Jun. 18, '14

    Loving the shots for this round! You’ve got a tough choice ahead of you! Here’s our entry: https://www.facebook.com/Turtlestravel/photos/np.313560083.572432675/848683161828529/

    We were visiting a Himba village in Namibia and learning from the women who still maintain much of their traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle. At some point I turned and saw this young boy dancing along with such joy waving his bottle cap and piece of straw.The photo is far from perfect, but it remains one of our favorites. Looking at him, you can’t help but smile.

  35. June 23, 2014 at 6:13 am
    Jun. 23, '14

    All the photographs are wonderful and what great quality! Well done everyone!

  36. June 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    Jun. 23, '14

    Great entries everyone and the winner was my first choice too! Congrats Maddie!

  37. June 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    Jun. 23, '14

    Congratulations to Maddie – a well deserved win, although I had 3 or 4 favorites ,)

  38. June 26, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Jun. 26, '14

    I’m so excited to have won, especially in such great company! Thanks so much to Steph and Tony 🙂 Keep your eyes peeled for Round 82 which I hope to have online in the next few days.

  39. June 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm
    Jun. 26, '14

    Love the idea, Tony! All photos are amazing and unique… really hard to choose the best.

  40. June 28, 2014 at 11:08 am
    Jun. 28, '14

    Such gorgeous photos! Wow! Such talented photographers out there capturing the people of the world… Awesome.

  41. July 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    Jul. 5, '14

    STUNNING!!!!! If ever I need inspration fro travel I’m coming HERE!! Well done Maddie. And so many other gorgeous ones. That Saharan sunset…

  42. July 6, 2014 at 10:04 am
    Jul. 6, '14

    Those photos are absolutely stunning and meaningful! Congrats Maddie 🙂
    Nice post Tony 🙂

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