Short Photo Stories




Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand - photo by Renata Blonska

When one visits Matamata in New Zealand’s North Island , it becomes clear straight away why this place has been chosen as a perfect spot for the movie set of Tolkien’s book. The book was translated into over 70 languages so majority of us know it. It is a must see place if you’re a fan of the movie and the books, but if you are not familiar with Lord of the Rings, Hobbits, Wizards and the Shire or simply not a fan of it, well… as they say, it is never too late for a happy childhood. The area is extensive, so save good few hours to do it properly. Pre-book the tour as it is always busy and fully booked in advance. You will be taken around...

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The coasts of French Riviera, Cannes - photo by Renata Blonska
Holly Men at the Crematoria, Khatmandu - photo by Renata Blonskaphoto by Renata Blonska

Here are some of the beautiful people we meet on our journeys around the world. They are no celebrities, no political figures – just ordinary people in their daily routines..

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photo by Renata Blonska - 2070OM

They say that the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Please feel free to share your best travel shots with us, ideas, memories and your travel tips.  To do this simply press COMMENTS & CONTACT or SHARE on the top of the page .

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Boccadasse, Gulf of Genoa - photo by Renata Blonska
Taal Volcano and Tagaytay / view from the top - photo by Renata Blonska
Spice Market worker in Old Delhi - photo by Renata Blonska

Trade worth billions takes place in this market and all this happens through shops which located in small alleys, hardly a meter wide. 17th century Spice Market on Khari Baoli Rd in Old Delhi runs from the Fatehpuri Mosque to the western edge of the old city. Huge sacks of herbs and spices are still brought to the wholesalers on long, narrow barrows pushed by labourers. The place is intense not only because of the smell of all possible spices and herbs but also because of unimaginably hard working people.

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Buddhist Tiger Keeper in Kanchanaburi THAILAND - photo by Renata Blonska
Sunrise in St Helens / phoyo by Renata Blonska

When visiting Australia majority of overseas tourists visit Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Sydney, Kakadu or Great Ocean Road but what about Tasmania …? An Island in the size of Ireland, also known as ‘Apple Isle’, for overseas visitors, mostly famous for being the only place where a Tasmanian devil is visible in the wild, has so much to offer.  More than 3000 kms of coastline, the clearest air in the world, lakes, incredible Cradle Mountain and deliciously fresh food. In fact, Tasmania is the only destination in Australia to make Lonely Planet Top Ten places to visit in 2015.  So go Tasmania! Photographs and words by Renata Blonska    

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Kathmandu Durbar Square - photo by Renata Blonska



Welcome to our website, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Short Photo Stories was founded by Renata Blonska and Jack Donda in June 2011 in Sydney Australia as travel and photography platform. Here it opens to all nomadic souls and explorers, creating supportive travel and photo community and brings together photo and travel enthusiasts from all over the world.

Travelling is our passion, so we decided to create this place to hold on to our memories of all the cities, villages and countries we visit each year. This website aims to allow us to share the beauty of people, things and places around the globe. You will find here many photographs of not only the famous tourist destinations but also the less known spots which are often overlooked.

Please wonder around the website, enjoy the photos, maybe you will recognize some of the places you visited, and by all means share your passion with all of us by leaving your thoughts and comments.

We know, there is a story behind each photo and each place so we try to describe places we see and people we meet to our best knowledge. If you experienced anything interesting yourself, please share with us too.

Hope you will have fun and maybe we will inspire you to visit some of those less famous places as well,

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