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June 24, 2009

Photo of the Day: Valencia Street

Valencia-Spain-streetTwo months in and still going strong, our 2009 Dream Trip Contest has had more than 11,000 entries so far. For inspiration for your own entry, and a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose, read our take on a submission that caught our eye:

What is it about black-and-white travel photographs? Is it the way the absence of color draws the eye to lines and forms? Is it the timelessness of an image that could have been taken yesterday or decades ago? Or is it that black-and-white is the palette of our dreams; cities and landscapes rendered without color are places we can never really inhabit.

Dream Trip entrant devorarogers used the technique to turn an otherwise humdrum street scene in Valencia, Spain, into an enigmatic depiction of the promise of travel. Who are those figures in the distance? What lies around the corner? Where are we going? And who can we become?

"I love the light in this photo, the texture of the buildings, and the wrought-iron balconies," writes devorarogers in her Dream Trip entry, Street Scene in Valencia. "I love that people are walking in the street in a way that Americans do not.

"I love who we are when we are in Spain. We stay up late, we eat and drink what we want, we dance on rooftops. We return home each time and say, how can we do it at home? We vow to make tortilla española more often and practice eating dinner after midnight; but the light and the streets of Los Angeles never look like this."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.


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