These days it seems that photography is synonymous with travel. Everywhere you go, there are people with cameras – both point-and-shoot and professional quality – smartphones and even tablets. Let’s be honest, we all do it. But are we all motivated the same way?
My first trip to Paris all those years ago marked my first foray into travelling with a camera. It wasn’t anything fancy and it took pretty crappy pics. I remember seeing everyone around me with much better equipment and being envious of said cameras. It was then that I knew I had to get a better one myself and so I did. I haven’t stopped taking pics since.
First encounter with photography
Do you remember the first time you had a run-in with photography? For some, this type of event is accidental. Some find inspiration from others. For me, it was a photography class in high school. I have even experimented with a pinhole camera!
The class introduced me to the basics, including developing my own black and white film. Although I’m really grateful that with the advancements in technology I no longer have to develop film in a dark room, the fascination has stayed with me.
I think deep down inside I was always intrigued by it. As I can’t draw or paint, I have always felt limited in my artistic ability. Photography has opened up the world to me and allowed me to capture things that I see. I’m probably more comfortable with holding a camera and editing software rather than a paintbrush or an instrument. That’s probably a good thing.
How does photography inspire you
People take pictured of different things. Some love snapping selfies with cool backgrounds, others turn every meal into a photoshoot. Instagram is full of photos that inspire those who see them and those who take them. Every one of them different from the rest.
I have always loved looking at old photographs to see what life was like in the past. How people looked, what they wore, how they spend their days. Photographs tend to capture those moments in time and give us a glimpse into the past. For me, that’s always really exciting. I mean, how cool is it to see the past? Every time I’m in a museum, an old building of historical importance or some fancy digs, I get absolutely giddy when I come across old photos of the place. Don’t you?
What kind of photographer are you?
There are as many different types of travel photographers as there are travellers. I liked What’s Your Travel Photography Style? blog by Stewie Overseas, as it gives a neat breakdown of the types of photographers you can meet. Me? I’m definitely into architecture.
After my Indiana Jones phase, the next best thing I wanted to be was a photojournalist for National Geographic. I wanted to travel the world, take pictures and write about my travels. In a way, I do get to do this now, but it’s called a travel blogger. I love taking pictures of places I visit, but I am the most drawn to buildings.
There is something about architecture that appeals to me. Buildings stay pretty much the same while the world around them changes. That seems to be true of all structures like the Colosseum, the Parthenon, the Pyramids and the Great Wall. The grand royal palaces of the rich and famous, the monuments to the victories of the past. All hold secrets and tales that fascinate me. All of them are probably going to outlast my time on this planet. I want to capture them as I see them so that the people in the future can look back to our time. It’s like leaving a little mark on the world.
Why do you take pictures?
There are many reasons people take pictures. For some, travel photography represents memories and mementos of the trips they went on. To show others the places they visited, things they have done and such. Many do it for fame while others do it for posterity. No matter why you take them, images are a great way to capture the world around us.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is something about a narrative that can bring an image to life.
So, why do you take pictures? What type of photographer are you? Let me know!