Temples and ancient ruins . . . exactly the sort of places I love to visit whilst travelling abroad, and a passion that I’m sure is shared with thousands of other people across the globe.
Whether you’re hiking through a forest in Scandinavia, a jungle in South East Asia or a Swamp in the Southern States, you don’t expect to see other people because you go there to escape and be in a truly wild place.
Surrounded by plants, wildlife, waterways and rock, all coming together in an unruly and perfect mess . . . but travelling to a man-made structure, whether originally made for one family or an entire population and finding no one there, has a profound impact and makes you appreciate life and civilisation on a different level.
I think this is the real reason that I like these places so much, it makes you feel something.
There have been occasions when I’ve spent hours on end photographing one passageway or one intricate detail . . . trying to get the perfect shot. Places such as this have a unique and calming atmosphere – particularly if you’re lucky enough to find one that you have entirely to yourself for a while.
If you’re privileged enough to visit an ancient temple, a thousand-year-old ruin, or a derelict church or monastery . . . you should take your time, and enjoy every detail.