Photo Gallery: 10 curiosities from Graeme Green’s photo expeditions around the world, from Japan to Haiti

As any Curious Traveller will know, travel adventures often bring strange and intriguing sights, from graffiti, sculptures and signs to camels’ heads hanging in the markets. But they can also reveal something about a country’s sense of humour, traditions and beliefs.

Here, travel photographer Graeme Green selects 10 curiosities from his expeditions around the world.

Statues pointing the way, near Kamouraska, by the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec, Canada
Statues pointing the way, near Kamouraska, by the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec, Canada.

One of Ishigaki artist Hisashi Katsuren’s scultpures, inspired by Kijimuna (playful spirits) in Okinawa, Japan
One of Ishigaki artist Hisashi Katsuren’s sculptures, inspired by Kijimuna (playful spirits), in Okinawa, Japan.

Spring Well art sculpture by the roadside in Mangersta, Lewis, on the Isle of Harris and Lewis, Scotland
Spring Well art sculpture by the roadside in Mangersta, Lewis, on the Isle of Harris and Lewis, Scotland.

Vodou-influenced metal artwork in a studio within the Croix-des-Bouquets neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Vodou-influenced metal artwork in a studio within the Croix-des-Bouquets neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A ceiling filled with hats in Toad River Lodge café on the British Columbia section of the Alaska Highway, Canada.
A ceiling filled with hats in Toad River Lodge café on the British Columbia section of the Alaska Highway, Canada.

Man staring out of a window in Thumpu, Bhutan, next to a phallic painting, which are believed to bring fertility and good fortune.
Man staring out of a window in Thumpu, Bhutan, next to a phallic painting, believed to bring fertility and good fortune.

Two faces peering from the wall, one of Cuban artist José Fuster’s artorks which fill the area of Callejon de Hamel, also known as Fusterlandia, in Havana, Cuba.
Two faces peering from the wall, one of Cuban artist José Fuster’s artorks, which fill the area of Callejon de Hamel, also known as Fusterlandia, in Havana, Cuba.

Graffiti of a man waiting on a street corner on the backstreets of Lapa in Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro.
Street art of a man waiting on a street corner on the backstreets of Lapa in Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Ornamental Day of the Dead skeleton welcoming guests in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Snowman toys sold at Asahikawa’s annual World Ice-Sculpting Competition in Hokkaido, Japan.
Snowman toys sold at Asahikawa’s annual World Ice-Sculpting Competition in Hokkaido, Japan.

 

Graeme Green is a journalist, travel writer and photographer for international publications, including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, Wanderlust and the South China Morning Post. For 15 years, he has travelled the world with a camera and a notepad, from Japan to Haiti to Ethiopia. His work encompasses outdoor adventure, traditional and modern cultures, global issues, wildlife and luxury travel. Find out more about Graeme HERE

Follow him on Instagram at @graeme.green

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