Australia’s Byron Bay Surf Photography | My Favorite Instagram Photo | Travel Tuesdays

I picked up my first iPhone before a short trip to Australia’s Gold Coast last year. I was itching to try out Apple’s infamous camera and I wanted to become part of the ever-growing Instagram world. I made this image in New South Wales at Byron Bay on one of the best weekends of my life. I was on a run up to the lighthouse that overlooks the beautiful cove and couldn’t pass up this moment. The awesome 3-foot rolling waves were giving longboarders ridiculously long rides and when they would reach the beach the surfers were getting out of the water, walking up the beach and then picking up another wave rather than paddling all the way out again. I wish I could have been in the water with them but I was still pleased I got to be a witness.

Check out my other photos on Instagram! Profile Name: Kira_Vos_Photography

Iphone Instagram photo of surfers at New South Wales in Byron Bay Australia at sunset. by Kira Vos (Horvath)

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South Korean Dancer | Travel Tuesdays

After finishing college I bounced around the country doing photography internships and gaining invaluable experience working alongside seasoned professionals at various newspapers. One summer I worked in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Deseret News and this image was made at Bountiful’s Summerfest International. It is one of the oldest photos I keep in my portfolio and I still really love all the perfect light and quiet beauty of this image. The girl was a South Korean dancer and I took this photo backstage before her performance. I love, LOVE, backstage moments. There are so many uniquely original moments that happen in the hustle and bustle behind the curtain. This is also why I love capturing the getting ready portion of a wedding day. She had no idea I was there taking her photo, and I really like how the photo captures her looking so natural, so calm and at ease.

Bountiful's Summerfest International South Korean dancer photography by Kira Vos (Horvath).

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  • Sandy

    I have always loved this photo but I have to say that the story makes it even more special 🙂ReplyCancel

Happy New Year| Sipi Falls | Travel Tuesdays

Happy New Year!

I decided this year to start sharing a photo every Tuesday from the past. Photos that may have gone unnoticed but hold a special place in my heart from traveling, from work, from whatever. I hope you enjoy my little ramblings as I journey through past memories and moments on “Travel Tuesdays”. As always comments are welcomed and appreciated.

In 2006 I rather impulsively quit my staff photographer job at a wonderful local paper called The Salem News in Beverly, MA to chase my dreams of being an international photographer. Ever since I could remember I was obsessed with Africa and had been itching to get there my entire life. I would sit, bored, in my college classrooms dreaming of elephants on the plains and brightly clad women balancing heavy loads on their heads. So just past the new year I dyed my long platinum blonde hair a deep chocolate brown and mustered up as much courage as I could as I boarded a plane to Kenya.

This photo is from Sipi Falls in Uganda. The boy in the photo is named Jumas, he was 15-years-old and my “tour guide” for the day. Barefoot and nimble as a mountain goat I captured this photo of him standing beneath a waterfall that dropped 100 ft straight down. I’ve never been much of a nature photographer and I was so thankful when he casually glanced up to watch the drops of water falling down and made the image more than just another photo of a waterfall but something special and complete.

Boy standing under Sipi Falls in Uganda Africa by travel photographer Kira Vos (Horvath).

 

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  • Hayde

    You moved my heartReplyCancel

  • Sandor

    Ooooooohhhh!!! I’m gonna love Tuesdays this year!!! You already told me something that you never shared before!!! An amazing photo too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carole

    Beautiful. You have such talent. Looking forward to future Tuesdays!ReplyCancel

  • Kira

    Thanks you guys! 2013 is going to ROCK!ReplyCancel

Refugee Crisis | Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services recently sent me to Serbia to document the refugee crisis. I spent three days in Belgrade and along the Serbian/Hungarian boarder documenting the camps and massive amount of Syrian and Iraqi refugees that were trying to seek refuge in other parts of Europe. It was an eye-opening, humbling and heart-wrenching experience.

Refugee Crisis in Belgrade Serbia and along the Hungarian boarder. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA syrian girl tries to stay dry as she waits for a bus in Serbia.  - Kira Horvath PhotographySyrian refugee's line up to wait for donations from the Red Cross at Belgrade, Serbia.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyThe refugee crisis has thousands of people feeing to Europe.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyRefugees seek shelter in tents along the boarder of Hungry and Serbia during the refugee crisis.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA woman waits for a bus in a refugee camp in Serbia with her children.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA refugee camp along the boarder between Serbia and Hungry.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA Syrian refugee boy with water logged feet waits for some new shoes in Serbia.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyClothes hang on a fence at the bus Belgrade bus station where the refugee crisis keeps flooding the station.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA syrian refugee boy cries as he is pushed in a crowd waiting for warm coats and blankets being handed out by the Red Cross.  Refugee Crisis.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA refugee camp along the Serbia Hungry boarder.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyBelgrade, Serbia is a major crossing point for the refugee crisis.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyAn Iraqi refugee plays with her daughter while waiting for a bus to the Hungarian boarder in Belgrade, Serbia.  - Kira Horvath PhotographySyrian refugee children at a camp in Serbia.  - Kira Horvath PhotographyA mother pulls her daughter through the streets of Belgrade, Serbia on the way to a relief location. The refugee crisis. - Kira Horvath PhotographyRefugees take shelter under blankets in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia. - Kira Horvath Photography

 

 

 

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More from Myanmar | Burma Travel Photography

Burmese girl with a face painted with Thanaka in a market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath Photography

Time has passed but my memories are as strong as ever from my time traveling in Myanmar. All the wonderful, colorful smiles, among old weather-stained buildings and brightly painted walls. Construction workers flirting and joking in the early morning light and two small children cuddled up next to each other as their parents sell fresh fish in the streets. Crossing the Yangon River to the Dala township and feeling like these small wards were from another time as a mother used a bucket of water to bathe her baby boy and another used her hands to feed rice to several hungry mouths. Sometimes I like to take a break from my travel photography and then revisit them. It gives me time to digest and reflect on all of the crisscrossing of colors and faces and experiences. Sometimes I need to catch my breath, to try to make sense of it all in my mind before trying to verbalize, to others, what it is truly like. I always feel like I fail, I hope my photos help.

Old, weather-stained buildings of downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyTwo children cuddle up next to each other as their parents sell fresh fish at a street market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyTwo man shave sugar cane before selling it's sweet juice on the streets of downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA boy is washed by his mother in front of their modest home in the Dala township of Myanmar. Despite its close proximity to Yangon the township is largely rural and undeveloped. - Kira Horvath PhotorgaphyStreet and travel photography from Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA boy on a bike delivers freshly killed chickens to a street market in Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA group of women sit outside their home in the Dala township located on the southern side of the Yangon River. - Kira Horvath PhotographyPortrait of an old man in Myanmar's Dala township. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA Rigshaw driver waits for another fare down by the Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyOld, weather-stained buildings of downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA woman waits for the train to depart in Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA Burmese young man cooks rice paper on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyPoverty is rampant in the 23 wards that make up the Dala Township despite its close proximity to Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyYoung Burmese construction workers in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath PhotographyA boy stands in the doorway of his wooden home in the Dala township of Myanmar. Despite its close proximity to Yangon the township is largely rural and undeveloped. - Kira Horvath PhotographyOld, weather-stained and colorful buildings of downtown Yangon, Myanmar. - Kira Horvath Photography

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