I’ve recently submitted a photo to Pictory, a new online magazine/community site for photographers. The idea is simple – to submit a photo with a caption, according to themes they introduce. It’s an interesting idea, even if their implementation does seem a bit schizophrenic at the moment. Magazine or community, or magazine and community? Still, here’s my effort for you, just in case they don’t publish my contribution! The theme was ‘My Most Meaningful Image’.

I always found school boring. Except for history, and nothing captured my imagination more than stories from the Middle East. Babylonia, Persia and most of all Egypt. I dreamed of waking up one morning to a view over the River Nile, and of seeing the great pyramids of Giza in the flesh. In 2000 I set off on my first holiday abroad, overcoming my fear of flying. Because the destination was Cairo, and nothing would stop me fulfilling my dream. I bought a Nikon Coolpix 880, one of the earlier digital compacts, which boasted a mighty 3.3 megapixels, to capture the trip. And so I fulfilled my dream, standing before the mighty Sphinx and the giant pyramids. And at the same time kick started a new twin passion of travel and photography, which has been burning non stop ever since.

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