Georgetown Castle: Daily Travel Photo

Georgetown, Guyana

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Georgetown Castle: Daily Travel Photo


The Set Up

Guyana, have you heard of it?  Could you point it out on an empty map?  The truth is that Guyana has managed to lose itself between the Caribbean and South America.  However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the variety of different things to do in this country founded by British pirates and privateers.  Georgetown, although quite grime on the surface is an entertaining city with an interesting population composed of African descendants, Indian and Pakistani immigrants and the indigenous people.  Walking the streets of Georgetown is almost confusing for those who visit.  Around one corner may sit a Hindu temple while a fried shop sells up soul food across the street to the sounds of kids playing cricket in a nearby park.  There is no way of truly describing the cultural creation that has developed in Georgetown, but it is, at the least, very interesting.  This photo is of one of the local government buildings which takes on the traditional British Caribbean character.

The Shot

Sometimes getting the right shot means putting yourself into a strange position.  To get this shot I had to dodge traffic, an elderly man trying to get a couple of coins and perch myself in the median of the street while waiting for a break in traffic.  I’ve seen many people simply point up and shoot their photos, instead take a look around and look for the perfect angle.  A great photographer once told me that you should make a photo not just take one.

What did I miss?

The last you heard of me I was still in Brazil.  Yesterday I posted a photo essay from the Coastal Amazonian city of Belem.

Coming up…

Coming up on Monday I will be posting an article on traveling the Amazon by boat. Have a nice weekend.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Love this photo! The castle’s pastel blue accents really make it pop out in the photograph.

    I’ve hurt myself trying to get the perfect shot of something. 🙂

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  2. All your work paid off as this is a great photo. I especially love the color of the fluttering flag in the blue sky between the clouds.

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  3. Cool building! We were too scared to take our camera onto the streets and have almost no photos of Georgetown. That city is like NOLA without law enforcement!

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    • I got a lot of good shots of Georgetown… I’ll bust my camera gear out in the middle of Iraq. Always use a blank memory card when photographing, that way if someone robs you all you lose is the camera and not the photos.

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