Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?
How do you wrap your head around a holy shrine so beautiful and yet so ghastly and repulsive? This question is what went through my mind when I visited a huge cathedral in a tiny village in southern Peru. I was on a "photographers-only" tour. The dozen or so of us had been or would visit the usual sites in…

Bangladesh Trip Part 2

Bangladesh Trip Part 2
I wrote in Part 1 that I go to places like Bangladesh for the photography.  This is only partially true.  I like seeing how other people live, hearing what their concerns are and observing their customs.  Think of me as an amateur cultural anthropologist with a camera.   The night before leaving on a hike to Boga Lake, we met up with…

Mekong River Journey

Mekong River Journey
I guess the problem was that nothing was what I thought it would be. Laos, I mean. The Mekong River. Traveling in the Third World is sometimes like that: you never know what you will experience, but it will always be memorable. The other tourists and I had a few hours before crossed into Laos from Thailand’s Golden Triangle, just…

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three: Photographing the Naadam Horse Race

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three:  Photographing the Naadam Horse Race
I’ve traveled with two pro photographers: Thomas Kelly (Mongolia) and Nevada Wier (Sri Lanka, Peru, China) and have learned from both.  I like to watch how they work and what they are looking for in a photo.  In this blog I’m going to describe how both teacher-photographers influenced a photo I made in Mongolia with Thomas and why it is…