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What’s Travel Photography like? It’s a question any newbie who steps into this field asks him/herself.
Every single travel terminus has its unique aspect, philosophy, antiquity, folks, frame of mind, locale, and chronicles. Learning how to embed these themes through a series of photographs helps convey a magical message; the breath, the atmosphere or should I say the spiritual energy.
I believe that every travel photographer in their diapers wish to become a nomad because the sensation of discovering something new every single day is almost addictive.
Even though you stay in one place for several days, or visit that one particular spot a few times there is the inevitable opportunity to learn something new or acquire a new perspective if you give yourself a chance to just… breathe.
The picture below was taken by Ami Vitale who is best known for her cultural documentation from travelling far and wide. This is an image of a mother being comforted by her household at her daughter’s memorial in Kashmir, India. She spent four years documenting the local ethnicity- a fact that allowed her to gain intimate insight into the customs and integrity of the people.
To become a successful travel photographer you must learn to adapt to norms. Earn the people’s trust, accept their culture and ways and become one with the people. For example, in Punjab, India, if you wear a pagdri, or don their cultural dress, you are more likely to be welcomed heartily into the crowd. Above all, don’t ever be satisfied by the first shot; always remember you can do better. Why else would painters make sketches? Get closer, then grow more rapidly. Attempt diverse perspectives, lens, wait for the light or not, and more waiting because that is the key. It requires outstanding persistence and patience.
To conclude don’t spend your entire trip looking through the lens. Yes, attainment of the shot is significant, but be appreciative that you have the prospect to even be where you are. Tweak yourself and delight in the moment. It relaxes the whole world, and the images and stories are ameliorated for it.