Mexico City, November 2018 by Ava Liu

I went to Mexico City for five days in November and it was beautiful. I took some photos and got them developed last week, along with my rolls from South Africa. I decided to make a post on this website because I’m going to make an effort to actually share my pictures this year.

Photos from last summer by Ava Liu

This post is exactly as the title says. I am acting up on a backlog of photos from my Europe trip last summer. I am trying to make more use of my website and blog in 2018. I hope it can come together more with the other things I pursue. Most likely a new re-design is coming soon... :) 

The photos of Paris in the middle of this set are some of my favourite from the summer. 

Europe: Spain by Ava Liu

I am overdue on photos from the past year. My blog has seen five months of inactivity and I have a backlog back to Bolivia in December. In the meantime, I've decided to short circuit the system by cutting to the (more recent) present.

In June I travelled Spain for three weeks with my friend Zoe. We travelled the coast starting in Barcelona and then down to Sitges, Tarragona, Valencia, and Almería. We crossed Catalonia before visiting the gems of Andalusia: Granada and Sevilla. The following are some snippets:




Montaña de Siete Colores by Ava Liu

The rainbow mountains near Cusco are absolutely stunning.  It's a one-day trip departing from Cusco at 3:30am in the morning and returning around 7pm. Apart from the altitude (5020m), the hike is not challenging and the views are incredible.

I can't subdue the intense colours of these photos, and I'm not sure how they turned out this way. Apart from the over-exposure, how did the blues turn out so blue and the contrasts so strong? With minimal editing, all the magic came from the sleight of hand of film.

Don't be overwhelmed however by the magic of photography - the actual views itself are just as impressive. Apart from the rainbow mountains themselves, the three hour hike in the valley on the way to the mountain is beautiful, resplendent with views of green hills and dipping valleys. The whole trek is dotted with tiny houses next to which llamas and sheep peacefully graze (you can see them if you look carefully in my photos). With warm new year wishes from Peru:

Salkantay, pt 1 by Ava Liu

I went on a four day trek to the Salkantay mountain in the Sacred Valley. The Salkantay Trek is one of the Inca trails to Machu Pichu and it offers stunning vistas in scenery. What I appreciate most about Peru is the vast diversity in natural beauty found within close kilometres. Through four days on foot, we crossed from winter in the snowy Andes to summer in the Peruvian Amazon. 

The Salkantay trek wasn't easy, but it was very do-able. No surprises here: I was very slow. Without further ado, here are some photos from day 1 and 3 (I unfortunately lost the roll of film from day 2): 

Quebec by Ava Liu

I spent July travelling around some northern parts of Quebec and volunteering on a series of organic farms ( Here's part one of the photos I took:

Alma-St.Henri de Taillon-Lac St.Jean-L'Anse St.Jean