About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated an engaged social media following of nearly 2.5 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

Colors of Valensole | France

Colors of Valensole || France

Scouting shooting locations all the previous day, I was absolutely enchanted by the beautiful lavender fields in the Provence region of Southern France. When I woke up early the next morning to photograph sunrise though, I almost pinched myself to make sure the colors were actually real. When the first sunlight hit these rows of […]

The Soul of Kyoto and Life Since Japan

The Soul of Kyoto || Japan

There’s something very special about wandering the old streets of Kyoto at night… There’s also something very special about finally having time to update Blame The Monkey! Seriously, ever since my last post on April 29th (just after arriving in Rome from Japan), life has been a non-stop whirlwind of projects, tours, and workshops that […]

The Harmony of Japan vs. The Sakura Apocalypse

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In Perfect Harmony Illuminated in soft twilight, Osaka Castle floats on a sea of beautiful cherry blossoms… The past 5 weeks in Japan have been nothing short of amazing and while I’m filled with joy from all of the great experiences, I can’t seem to shake this sinking feeling in my heart knowing that this […]

Pulse | Kuala Lumpur

Pulse || Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Once upon a time in vibrant Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the sunset sky transformed into a beautiful collection of interesting shapes and colors… I must’ve done something to please the weather gods during our visit to KL because every shooting location seemed to greet us with the perfect conditions for photography. I’ve been blessed with many […]

The City of Lights | Paris

The City of Lights || Paris

From the top of Montparnasse Tower, the sky above Paris explodes with vivid color and light… I often say that there are certain places in the world that have the power to take my breath away. On my first visit to Paris last fall, the city exceeded all of my expectations and left me with […]

The Heart of Santorini | Oia Greece

The Heart of Santorini || Oia Greece

When people talk about the Greek Island of Santorini, they often say that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. In my opinion, all of the positive things people say about this Aegean paradise are one hundred percent true. From the scenery, to the food and wine, to the wonderful attitudes of […]