Travel and photography are almost becoming synonymous.
I have difficulty imagining anyone travelling anywhere and not taking pictures. Why not? We all want to keep our beautiful memories (and possibly brag on Facebook…I would never do such a thing but I’m just saying…).
In these high tech times smartphones has made us all photographers. Even the very few that usually didn’t want to bring cameras when they travelled have no more excuses. Sometimes, it has happened that I travel just to photograph. I get a lot of complaints from my beloved and patient wife but I love photographing so much that it is uncontrollable. I love how it feels like the images from our trip prolong our journey. When I come home and start editing my pictures all the memories comes back to me. Although arguably, I do not think that images portray reality in a very good way. Memories fade, yes, and pictures are static and two dimensional so they last as objects. However, pictures are an abstract construct, forever ambiguous and with time they get more and more abstract and disconnected from reality. For now, photographs are the best we have to help us keep our memories in a shoe box or a photo album but perhaps in the future, with the help of technology, we will have better options.
Everybody has their own reason for why they take pictures on their journeys. Some people sell images on stock, some publish books, some have exhibitions and some just like to collect pieces of the world like I do.
If you like travelling and photography please leave a comment and explain why you like to photograph while you travel. Can you imagine not bringing a camera on you next journey?