Bråteskogen (Forest) | (Norway)

Bråteskogen is a forest in Strømmen, Norway. My sister brought me here when I first moved to Norway in July 2018 and it was such a beautiful walk and start to a new country move. Enjoy the pictures.

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“Car keys lost in the forest” – I wonder if they were ever found. 😛

Itiquira Falls (Brazil)

During my time in Brazil in 2018, I was very lucky to visit the highest accessible waterfall: Itiquira Falls (Salto do Itiquira). The waterfall is 168 metres high and located in Formosa, Goiás. At the time, I was living in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília, which is in a different state (Federal District) so I was 200km away from Itiquira Falls. I suggested to a friend of mine that we should hit up the waterfall and his family drove us and joined us on one of the best days out I’ve ever had.

When you arrive at the entrance, there is a ticket booth and a bar & restaurant. The entry ticket for 1 adult is around $5 which is unbelievable value considering what you get back from it.

From there, it is a stunning walk through nature as the roar of the waterfall gets louder. You can also take a dip in the river or relax on the benches dotted around this beautiful place.

Standing right at the foot of the waterfall was the most exhilarating experience of my life and I would highly recommend making a trip to whichever is the closest waterfall to you.

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Brasília | History & Architecture (Brazil)

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I had to travel to Brazil this year and as a Brazilian who left the country age 2, it was interesting to live there for nearly 6 months. With the bonus being… I can actually remember my experience this time.

As I was applying for a student visa to study in Norway (where I am now), I had to apply at the Norwegian embassy in my home country and one of my choices was the capital city, Brasília.

So off I went!

Brasília, Brazil - Dizma PhotographyOn April 21st 1960, Brasília took over Rio de Janeiro as the nation’s capital city. The architectural and landscape designs began construction in 1956 and were completed in only 41 months.

The city plan is in the shape of an airplane which for me was amazing as it’s impossible to get lost here. There’s ‘Asa Norte’ and ‘Asa Sul’ (‘North Wing’ and ‘South Wing’). Every block within the wings are numbered and these maps line the main roads. If I googled for a certain store and the address said ‘Block 210 South’, I wouldn’t have to look at a map… I would just head straight out the door.

Most of the public architecture was designed by Oscar Nieyemer which I wanted to visit and photograph. I asked someone to show me around the city and despite it being winter in Brasília at the time, the sun was out pretty much every single day of my 6 month trip so the lighting was fantastic.

Below is my gallery of Niemeyer’s buildings, a monument by Bruno Giorgi and some palm trees because… who doesn’t love palm trees?

Brasília Metropolitan Cathedral

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Planalto Palace

Here is the official workplace of the President of Brazil.

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Itamaraty Palace

Here is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil.

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National Congress

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Supreme Federal Court

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Os Candangos

Here is a monument called “Os Candangos” in Brasília, the capital city of Brazil. The statue celebrates the workers who took part in the building of the city as well as its first inhabitants.  This was created by the sculptor Bruno Giorgi.

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Nurtured Nature of Brasília

Since Brasília began as an empty plain before construction took place… everything you see including the trees and the grass were all planned and placed. Even the lake, Paranoá Lake, is artificial and has a circumference of 80km (50  miles). With this in mind, it’s a really cool city to walk around in… whether it’s in or out of the city centre that I’ve shown you here.

Anyway… palm trees, palm trees. Take care and thanks for checking out my photography blog. Be happy. 😉


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The Very Heart of London (UK)

Here is my gallery of the route from St James’s Park to Oxford Circus, roaming through the West End, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Covent Garden. Enjoy.

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As someone who has visited this city countless times, I can never get enough of the exteriors of the traditional pubs, stores, restaurants, bars and museums. Most of my visits have been a long wander in and around the heart of London.


St James’s Park

Central-London-Dizma-Dahl-Diztopia-Photography-UK-City-Photographer-5St James’s Park is easy to find and a delight to see. This is one of the neighbouring parks to Buckingham Palace (along with Green Park). Along with lounge chair areas and cafés, there are also a lot of birds and squirrels chilling behind the fences who are very used to people. So you can sit on the grass, sip on some English tea and go ‘aww’ at these friendly critters.


The view of Buckingham Palace from a bridge in St James’s Park.


And to the other side of the bridge, you’ll see the London Eye. St James’s Park adds a perfect dose of nature until you find yourself in the city again.


The less commercial streets of London are adorned with statues commemorating those who fought for England.


It wouldn’t be a London photography gallery without the iconic red telephone boxes now, would it?


Picadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is currently down and under construction. At least a photograph of the replacement posters can somewhat mimic the real thing… unless you reveal it in a blog, of course.


Regent Street

Regent Street is the world’s first ever shopping street. I can never get enough of the architecture and extremely famous-branded stores which always have the most elaborately decorated window shop displays (such as Ferrari and Louis Vitton and the list goes on).


Carnaby Street

Hidden behind one side of Regent Street, there are 13 streets lined with gems known as Carnaby Street.


The Diner

Having headed to Carnaby for lunch, I spent a happy hour at The Diner (American All-Day Breakfast & Burger Spot). From Bacon Pancakes with a Coke Float or St Louis Ribs & Fries with a Root Beer… One meal here will give you enough energy for an entire day in London, and with its generous prices, you’ll also be left with more money. I call that a Win/Win.


The West End Entertainment

The West End is one of two of the biggest English-speaking theatre spots in the world (with the other being Broadway in New York). With an endless number of musicals and plays to choose from, I felt spoilt for choice. I caught the matinée for ‘School of Rock’ which was awesome… the actor portraying Jack Black’s character in the movie was on point and the kids playing the instruments live is a killer touch. It’s also the only West End musical I’ve been to where they let you take photographs and videos for the final song (not that the rules have stopped me at other theatres before…*evil smirk*) My next musicals of choice are definitely Aladdin and Book of Mormon.


A murder mystery that has graced the West End since 1952, Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap is another must-see.


Grab your pre-show dinner at one of the many restaurants that connect all the West-End shows together… trust me, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can also get a ticket & dinner combo with most theatres. Aside from the unreal quality and presentation of the food, when dining in London, I am always particularly impressed at the interior decor and the ambience.


Covent Garden

Covent Garden is your go-to place for topping up your accessories or sipping a cappuccino while musicians play in the courtyard. There is also a market of independent traders and I guarantee you will find something that rings true to your soul.



Graffiti following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.


London Transport

With a huge variety of transport to choose from, most visitors in London will walk to their next destination as to see more of the city.


But be sure to enjoy the eeries vibes of the London Underground, the top choice for minimising your travel time. I’d recommend not being so polite when you’re getting through the crowd or on and off the tube. This is mostly ’cause you could be waiting around for a while, miss your stop and lose the rest of your group. This place isn’t one to expect a thank you or a smile for any courteous action… but you didn’t hear that from me. Aside from this sub-terranean dystopia, you will be met with proper etiquette amongst the London populace. Oh, and walk with your head up; it helps create a path for your regal self as you honour this timeless city with your presence.


Birmingham Canal at Night (UK)

With more miles of canal than Venice, the Birmingham Canal was a sight to behold, with the city lights reflected in the water that mirrored the night sky.

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Before the Canal

It’s 2 miles to the Birmingham Canal from Birmingham New Street train station which I traveled on foot and also took a detour through China Town prior to reaching the water.


Thank you to those who liked and commented on my Liverpool Photography Blog and to those who took the time to check this one out. Next stop… London. 😉

Liverpool (UK)

Liverpool-Dizma-Dahl-Diztopia-Photography-Blogger-UKI traveled to Liverpool for my day job recently and instantly took this great opportunity to book a late train back and roam around the city with my SLR for you all. I spent hours researching what spots I could visit, given that I only had 5pm-9pm to do what I wanted, and by the time I would have begun, practically 80% of the recommended places to visit would have been closed. Although, I’m always one for building an itinerary which doesn’t involve buying a ticket into the land of the indoors anyway, so this suited me fine. ;)

This is primarily a gallery of my very short time there, but also a potential guide, or point of inspiration, for any photographers who are looking for a new place to shoot in the UK.

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Liverpool Docks

The Liverpool Docks are honestly a sheer delight to promenade in. A big part of me is lost for words even a week after… I shall let the images speak for the city.


Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’at Crosby Beach


Now… as soon as I google imaged this place… I knew I had to go. I risked it and went as the sun was about to set and unfortunately, I feel I was a few minutes too late, but experiencing it meant there were no drops of regret… The sunlight was moreso I could share it with you all. Isn’t that nice?

“But what is this place, Dizma?”, you ask!?

This is sculptor Antony Gormley’s work (he is best known for his ‘Angel of the North’)… ‘Another Place’ is 100 cast-iron statues stretched across 3 miles on the shore of Crosby Beach. All of the artist’s body and all looking out to sea. The meaning? In his own words: “Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth’s substance. Human life is tested against planetary time.”

…And woah… The emotions I felt here. The peace. The calm. The serenity… Not to mention that along with my solitude,, once it had become dark and desolate, the entire scenery became deliciously eerie and deliriously bizarre, in a most exhilarating sense.

Beforehand, I had checked the Tide Times so that I went at Low Tide and the statues would be in view. There is around 1-2 hours of the day when the Tide is high (above 8-9m) where you can’t see the statues at all… These vary daily and all statues are visible when the Liverpool Tide is at 4m or lower.

Incidentally, given what I said above, ensure you’re not trapped in a race to beat the sunset… Hah. A third travel tip: From Liverpool Central, get off the train at ‘Hall Road’, not ‘Blundellsands & Crosby’.

The Visit-Liverpool website encourages dressing the statues up so yes… take a spare hat and make a statue smile this year.


The Heart of the City

As I headed back into the city after the beach and night had fallen, the itinerary in my pocket was soon abandoned due to a stranger on a train. The two hours prior to my train were spent wandering around the heart of the city, conversing with Jack who had lived there for 20 years. I missed out on a few sights, but the exchange was more than worth it. A private tour by an awesome local was a wonderful end to the day. He, too, looked at his city with tourist eyes for the first time, and through happenstance, this became my gift to him in return.

An Evening in the Heart of Liverpool

McCartney’s Bar

University of Liverpool

Metropolitan Cathedral

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Everyman Theatre

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Walker’s Warrington Ales

St George’s Hall

Mostly Macro (Nature/Outdoor)

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A gallery of [51] photos shot with a 14MP Digital Camera (Olympus VG-120). Mostly macro photography of flowers, plants, insects or bugs; outdoor or nature (England and Brazil). This camera is around $25 / £20 second-hand  and for the price, a very impressive piece of equipment. Post-processing with Apple’s built-in Photos software have been applied. Some facts for the techies!
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Location: South Yorkshire & London, England


Location: Petropolis & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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