- Asia has always teetered between old and new, quirky and traditional, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its stunning temples.
- Photographer Eleonora Costi traveled around the continent to capture some of the most beautiful and eye-catching temples she could find.
- Most of the ones she photographed feature giant dragon, tiger, and fish sculptures, many of which are incorporated into the buildings.
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Eleonora Costi has been working as a photographer since her university days, but says that social media has really changed the world of photography.
She credits Instagram with turning her into a travel photographer.
“I started publishing my travel photos on Instagram and people started following me, and even travel companies started noticing me, so I became a travel photographer and content creator,” she told Insider.
While Costi is based in Milan, Italy, she considers herself a “digital nomad.”
“Give me a computer and a camera and I can work anywhere,” she said.
Currently, her travels are mainly concentrated around Asia.
“I love Asian culture, food, and people, and for a woman who travels alone it’s a truly safe place,” Costa said.
Her last trip took her to seven countries around Asia in 20 days.
She visited Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong, Brunei, and Singapore, and took 12 different planes.
Her goal during this trip was to find the wildest places to shoot with her drone.
This shot is her favorite. "It's a truly impressive temple!" she said.
But she told Insider that finding these places wasn't easy.
"I did a lot of research online, asked for information, and I also had some luck," she said.
Not all of her images ended up being temples, either.
Many of her shots are taken from above, but this one is an exception.
She's off to Thailand next to find unusual spots to photograph, so keep an eye out for new work.