My Polaroid Pronto! Sonar OneStep (1978)

The History In April 1947 (75 years ago!) Edwin H. Land, a researcher in polarization of light and 38-year-old president of the Polaroid Corporation, invented an instant camera– a photo camera that performed all steps involved in making a photograph- developing, fixing, and printing. With a ‘Land Camera’ (named after its inventor), you just push a button and 60 seconds …

View Photos
Arnold Schwarzenegger

This is the second part of my photo session with celebrities from Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum. Find a Photo Trivia question at the bottom of this page. Tip: This is a wax copy of an original movie still which became a best-selling poster and turned the actress into an instant pin-up girl. The film raised her stature as a …

View Photos
Anna Maria Tussaud (Madame Tussaud)

In 2009, in addition to existing Hollywood Wax Museum, a new $60 million showcase of Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum was opened on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Over a hundred life-size celebrity wax figures, including Hollywood Icons, Movie Stars and Directors, TV Stars, Pop Stars and Sport Stars are displayed in themed layouts of a new museum. The layouts …

View Photos
Marilyn Monroe's Hollywood

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe 53 years ago, on February 8, 1960, Marilyn Monroe was awarded the Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. By that time, a blonde actress, who started her carrier as a parachute inspector (a brunette parachute inspector), had become not only …

View Photos
On My Shelves

On My Shelves is my Instagram photo project – I take photos of stuff from my shelves using a phone camera and post them here in Travel Photo Journal (all items are related to my travels or photography). This is the fifth set of pictures. Click here to read about the project in its “pilot episode” or click here to …

View Photos
A Walk in Christmasy New York

This is the second set of photos from my New Year’s Eve in New York trip. As I have told before, my hopes for a walk in White Christmasy New York were dashed last year. The weather in NYC in the last 5 days of the year was horrible. On the only sunny day I walked by Rockefeller Center Ice …

View Photos
New Year's Eve in New York

Happy Old/Orthodox New Year 2013! Not everybody celebrates New Year today… But, this is still ‘the most wonderful time of the year‘,- talking about 71 Degrees Fahrenheit (+21 Celsius) in Atlanta in the middle of January :) This post, however, is about my trip to New York City in “real new year’s” eve – during last five days of December …

View Photos
On My Shelves. My Travel Bring-back Collection. Season 4

Happy New Year! Wishing you Good Times and Memories in 2013! As many of you already know, On My Shelves is my Instagram photo project – I take photos of stuff from my shelves using a phone camera and post them here in Travel Photo Journal (all items are related to my travels or photography). This is the fourth set …

View Photos
My Recipe In Pictures: Russian Apple Cake Charlotte

Mayan Apocalypse did not happen, and I have decided to celebrate the beginning of New Era by baking my favorite desert- Russian Apple Cake ‘Charlotte’ (Пирог Шарлотка, pronounced as ‘Sharlotka’). Even more, I’ve thought it might be a good idea to share International recipes here in my Travel Photo Journal. Honestly, I do not cook at all. But, I can …

View Photos
Vietnamese Dog sleeping on the street in Sapa Vietnam

This is the second part of the Photo Essay. During my two days trip to Sapa I rented a vintage Soviet motorcycle Minsk and explored the city and its outskirts. Please find more photos from this trip in the following posts- Shocking Asia Shared Souls. Portraits of Vietnam Portraits of Vietnam (Part 2) Photo Essay: Sa Pa Viet Nam and …

View Photos
Soviet Motorcycle Minsk rented in Sapa Vietnam

Happy 12-12-12 Day! Best wishes of Good Times and Memories to all on the road and those who are planning their next adventure! Today my good memories come from Sapa, Vietnam, and this post has been scheduled to go live at 12 hrs 12 mins 12 secs :) Sa Pa is a town in northwest Viet Nam. It lies in …

View Photos
My Graphic Representation of Lao Umbrella Girl on Scooter. Click on image to see another version

When I think of Laos, I do not think of monks and temples, I think of people riding two-wheelers with an open umbrella in a hand. Wherever you go in Luang Prabang, you see girls and women riding scooters, motorbikes, and bicycles with open umbrellas in hands. No matter what the weather, in sunny, rainy and cloudy days nobody wears …

View Photos