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Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities

In my travel photojournalism, I look for subjects rich in incongruity -- elements that seem to be at odds with their context. Sometimes I can also create incongruities of my own making. To me, incongruities often intensify meaning, creating contrasts or juxtapositions that can stimulate the emotions as well as the intellect. Incongruity, along with abstraction and human values, is at the core of photographic expression. The examples in this gallery explore all kinds of incongruous subjects and relationships.
Most of these images have been selected from my archive of digital travel impressions posted at

I also highly recommend a visit to the "Post No Bills" gallery of Henry Ho at . It will offer you a virtual encyclopedia of incongruous juxtaposition, focusing entirely on advertisements relating to unaware pedestrians on the streets of Hong Kong.

I present my own gallery on incongruity here in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.