I get to travel a lot with the type of work I do and tend to take a lot of pictures. Most of the pics I take are to show friends back home that there really is a world outside our borders. Most have never crossed the border and never will but enjoy "going" the same places that I do. I do take some touristy pictures of famous landmarks and such but most of the things I shoot are everyday events and people that just seem so different from the experiences of a typical Westerner is used to seeing. Except for the wildlife photos, you wont find many of my pictures duplicated on a postcard at the airport shops. The shots also give me inspirations and accurate modles for some of my paintings.
I take pictures to remember where I have been and also to show others who may never get to travel. I love doing that. I love when people say thanks for taking that picture as otherwise I might never have seen it. I try not to take to many as it gets over whelming. I enjoy the memories of the photo's ive taken as they speak of the Journey we are on as we travel,
I'm a fan of lots of photos too, but not for the landmarks. For me it's about the little things that got me to the destination, capturing my friends cooking lasagne in the middle of the outback for my birthday, the green ants that decided to call my tent their home, the time I filled my car with water. For me photos are about capturing the vibe and the excitement and when I look at them (they all scroll through on my digital photo frame) I feel a little bit of that vibe again. Sure I know I've been there and done that, but that's not what counts.
hmmm i feel like i have read a form like this before...
I am one of those people who takes pictures as an art form, if i am taking a picture of a popular landmark i try to go at it from a different perspective and do something new. im often found balancing on my tippy toes on some strange object to get the perfect shot.
i do get kind of sick of people that take pictures just to show off though. i agree.
I used to take a lot of pictures when away on holiday but after having accumulated several thousand on an RTW a few years back I gave it up as I've never really looked at them since. Just carrying around a camera gives me the feeling that I need to document all the things I see and subtracts from the experience of being there.
How do you use your camera?
For me - on a cold wet uk day no better way than to go through my travel shots, I tend to plonk them all on cd`s in slide shows so i can revisit the places I love... it warms me up a treat