Temple and sunset.

 Temple and Sunset

Sukhothai, Thailand.

Got a little lucky with the light on this one. There was an amazing sunset the day I was there to take this picture.

Travel photography is a very special kind of genre. It seems to be so generic but still, I must warn you, it is very hard to do successfully. You find yourself in some far away exotic country with unfamiliar climate, culture and language. Most of the time you are under a certain time pressure because you know you must move on soon or possibly go back home. Sometimes, you can plan as much as you want for a photoshoot but still it is hard to predict how the light will be so you also have to deal with the time pressure that the movement and character of light creates… You have to hurry to get that magic light. I have been passionately into travel photography for the past 12 years and sometimes I still come home unhappy with my photos. It is hard. I have won a couple of competitions with my images and I even got a bachelor degree in anthropology at the university just to be able to travel and photograph with more depth. Most of the time the light is not the way I want it to be and I try to tell myself that, as one of my favourite National Geographic photographers Mattias Klum says, “there is no bad light”. You do your best with what you have in front of you but sometimes…you get lucky. Remember, even if you are lucky with the light it does not mean that you will be able to capture a great image. You must be prepared and since light changes so rapidly you must know your equipment by heart. Ideally, you should act on reflex. A great way to test your reflexes is by trying street photography, in my opinion the most difficult type of photography. Great wildlife photography is also incredibly difficult but it’s harder to try with minimum equipment. If your reflexes and technique are good enough for street photography you might be ready for travel photography.

If you need more advice about travel photography or street photography, don’t hesitate just send me an email or just comment here below.

Why Photograph when traveling?

Ladies pose in Sukhothai

Sukhothai, Thailand.

Some cultures in the world believe that if you photograph them you take a piece of their soul with you.

If you allow me, I would like to exercise that idea a little bit.

As a photographer, when people look into your camera it feels the same as if your are directly having eye contact with them. Even though, that is technically impossible because the camera is in front of your face. Later when you come home and look at the pictures it looks like they are still having eye contact with you. They will forever have eye contact with whomever that views the photograph. If the person is sad or happy it will usually show…You can feel their sadness or happiness through the image. Could it be possible that the thing that once used to be called the ‘magic box’ and which today is called a camera captures something more than just light…? Probably not (sorry, to those of you that started to get excited). When we look at a picture of a sad person we probably project our own thoughts of a sad person on to that image and thats why we feel something. However, it is an interesting thought and I wanted to share it with you.

A lot of the emotions I talked about above are why I love taking pictures when I travel. The pictures I bring back with me makes me feel like I brought a piece of that place with me home. The two ladies in the picture above will forever look me into the eyes and dance for me…

Traveling and photography.

Travel and photography

Sukhothai, Thailand.

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?

Temple and man.

Temple and man.

Sukhothai, Thailand.

This image belongs to a collection that I have been working on for a long time. The collection is called ‘Shadows in Sukhothai’. You can se the entire collection on my official website. If you love travelling and if you have any interest in Thailand in particular you might enjoy the collection.