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Macau Gallery

Portuguese Architecture, Macau, China, AsiaA gallery of Macau has been added to the portfolio section of this site. It includes some of the images taken while on assignment for the Macau Tourism Office.

The cultural heart and soul of Macau, which has been crowned the gambling capital of the world, lies beyond the decadence of its glittering casinos. Macanese culture is a unique mix of China and southern Europe, the result of more than four centuries of East meets West.

A former Portuguese colony, Macau became one of two Special Administrative Regions of China – Hong Kong is the other – in 1999.

Walking through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visually you feel as though you are in the Mediterranean one moment, China the next or both at the same time fused seamlessly. Traditional Chinese neighborhoods are found in the Old City, woven together by a maze of back streets and alleys where getting lost is time well spent.

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Los Angeles Bound

hollywoodI’m flying to Los Angeles this week to spend about seven days photographing the city and surrounds. This is an annual trip to update my image files and it is no coincidence that this time of year is chosen.

Unlike the typically bleak North East during winter months, the light is good most of the year in Southern California. LA is the epicenter of the film industry in the United States for good reason.

I’ll just happen to be there during the Oscars so I leave you with this photograph of Hollywood Boulevard taken on a previous trip.

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On Instagram

I’ve recently joined the world of Instagram. Images there are more of a behind the scenes look on the road and what catches my eye in New York City in between travels.


If you are also on Instagram and would like to connect there you can find me @ wendyconnett or by clicking on my name above. Hope to see you there. Pictured: Central Park the morning after a recent snowstorm.

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Back From Macau, China

MacaushrineI spent a fair amount of time wandering and happily getting lost in and photographing the back streets of Macau, China earlier this month while on an assignment for the Macau Government Tourist Office. The maze of lanes of the former Portuguese colony’s older traditional Chinese neighborhoods are filled with street shrines.

Approximately half of Macau’s population practices Buddhism but shrines are also dedicated to or represent a variety of beliefs and religions practiced in China. Pictured here are offerings and incense at a neighborhood shrine tucked into a back alley.

I’ll share more images of Macau as well as details of the assignment down the line.

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Cozumel Mexico

I recently spent a week on the isle of Cozumel in Mexico. Technically this was a vacation but when you are a travel photographer there is no such thing. I spent a few days photographing the island.

Cozumel, which was settled by the Maya 2,000 years ago, has endured throughout the millennium. Located off the eastern coast of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico it is a peaceful alternative to its mainland neighbor and maintains a natural beauty, which acts as a healthy sedative as only pristine island beach environments can.

It was an important pilgrimage site for Maya women who traveled from the Yucatan Peninsula to visit where at one time stood a temple dedicated to Ixchel, the Goddess of fertility. The 30-mile long, 10-mile wide island survived smallpox and genocide brought by the Spaniards in the 1500s the aftermath of which left the Island pretty much deserted for almost two centuries.

A hideout for pirates back in the day it at one time also housed a U.S. military base during World War II and after the based closed Cozumel’s main economy was fishing. That all changed when a documentary by Jacques Cousteau aired in the 1960s, which resulted in the birth of tourism. Today it is a top destination for diving and snorkeling due to its clear waters and spectacular reefs and much of its shoreline is protected parkland.
Cruise ships dock and ferries from the mainland land at its only town San Miguel. Away from the crowds in town its rugged undeveloped east coast makes for a beautiful drive where you can stop at a few shack-like establishments along the way to refuel and enjoy the view.

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The Moody Beauty of New England

ME130194I’ve spent part of the fall harbor hopping in New England and photographing the region.

This image of Bar Harbor, Maine was taken as the clouds cleared after a mostly overcast day and before the sun set. The days become shorter sooner up north.

You can find a new gallery of New England here. Included are images of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine and New Hampshire.

I’ve typically dreaded fall when the days grow darker and cooler and a back to school feeling still haunts me. The moody beauty of New England this time of year has changed that.

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New Mexico Gallery Live

I’ve adNewMexicoded a New Mexico gallery following my travels there earlier this year. New Mexico is classic American road trip country and for good reason.  Empty two lane highways surrounded by stunning cowboy country and dramatic skies make up its DNA. The state is full of history and culture ranging from ancient to Americana.

This trip took me off the beaten path to the Salinas Pueblos Missions. Pictured here is the Abo Mission, which is part one of three pueblos included in this national monument. The pueblos range from 20-30 miles apart and communities lived here as recently as 300 years ago. I practically had each to myself, a rarity when traveling these days. Other destinations photographed include Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and the Turquoise Trail among others.

I’m caught up for now with portfolio updates but not for long with some upcoming international and domestic travels planned.

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Cote d’Azur Gallery

F131713I’ve updated the Cote d’Azur Gallery in the portfolio section of this site following my trip to the region earlier this year.

Included are images as far west along the French Riviera as the glitzy yet laid back Cannes and as east as you can go to decadent Monaco.

In between the two, destinations photographed include Antibes, Cap d’Ail, Nice and the stunning hilltop medieval villages perched above the Mediterranean.

I’m still catching up on editing in between travels. Up next: New Mexico.

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New Mexico and Americana

I like to get my Amamericanaericana on during the summer and take a road trip somewhere in the USA. Earlier this month I spent time in New Mexico.

This trip took me to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Madrid, Taos and the more off the beaten path Salinas Pueblo Missions among other places.

I spent part of my time photographing the retro signs along Route 66.  The retro motels in Albuquerque along this historic highway are a piece of Americana that are slowly being torn down.

Many fell into disrepair over the years and housed undesirable activities and the people who engage in them. Fortunately there have been efforts recently to clean them up and maintain their historical value.

Once my feet touch the ground long enough I’ll update my portfolio, which will include some of the images from this recent trip to New Mexico.

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Marseille, France

F131046I’ve added a Marseille gallery following my recent trip to France. Marseille is in the midst of a major renaissance since being named the European Capital of Culture for 2013. Its rough and tumble reputation is starting to change and this often overlooked destination is now attracting travelers who typically favor its more tony neighbors.

The old port is the heartbeat of Marseille, which was founded by Greek traders in 600 BC. Every morning fisherman sell the catch of the day here as they have for centuries.

A short stroll from Vieux Port is Le Panier, or the old town, with pleasant alleys filled with cafes and boutiques.

The streets of boho chic Cours Julien, the city’s hippest neighborhood, are lined with graffiti and street art. The district really comes alive at night when the many cafes and bars fill up.

Marseille’s attractions also include forts, cathedrals and museums. More recent additions include the modern architecture of The Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean designed by Algerian-born French architect Rudy Ricciotti.

Despite its makeover and increasing gentrification France’s oldest and second largest city has kept its unique character – a mix of Mediterranean cultures embedded in its maritime roots.

I’ll be updating the Cote d’Azur gallery next in between some upcoming travels.