A Travel Photographer or A Photographer Who Travels


I’ve been watching David (the Strobist) Hobby‘s video series ‘The Traveling Photographer‘ on lynda.com over the last few weeks. I’d resisted lynda.com for a very long time for no reason that I can put my finger but given the number of courses available (check out David Hobby’s other courses here) that I wanted to check out I finally took the plunge.

Watching David Hobby’s series I had a couple of thoughts. First I hadn’t put him in the travel photography camp, perhaps I should have?, and second I had a visceral reaction to the thought of ‘travel photography’ as a genre. It was an odd reaction and perhaps I was thinking largely of the cheesy postcard photos that are used to advertise high-end vacation spots, photographs that do little for me.

I’ve been traveling a good bit this year and while I wouldn’t put myself in the travel photography camp, it’s clear to me that I’m a photographer that travels. This was brought home to me when I mentioned to a friend that I was heading out to iceland and they commented on the potential for great photography. While this is true, some might argue that Iceland as a photo tour destination is now somewhat a cliche, what I’ve increasingly found is that regardless of where I go I end up taking photographs that in essence I could have taken anywhere. I’m drawn to particular things, water in the landscape, rocks, intimate landscapes and abstract details. I’m compelled to take photographs of these things, to the exclusion of perhaps more obvious grand vistas. I find that I even like particular colors or combinations of colors and will be more attuned to potential photographs with those colors than others.

Travel for me broadens the range of opportunities to find combinations of the things that I’m interested in that I haven’t seen before. What are the reasons you travel?

5 Replies to “A Travel Photographer or A Photographer Who Travels”

  1. it may sound cheesy but itΒ΄s a mix of scape and encounter. Everything seems easier after travelling. My mind rests, my eyes open. I also enjoy taking pictures while going for a trip. One of the most wonderful things for me to do.

    1. I don’t find that cheesy at all. There are lots of reasons to travel, to escape from your everyday and interact with new things, people and cultures all sound like good reasons to me. Even better (in my mind) to document that experience in some way – in words, with pictures or with video.

  2. Hi nixonphoto,, or whatever your name..haha. the reasons i do travel are for find out new things that i never been found before. I love to know everything that new for me, create a lovely memory in my mind by seeing lots of colour around and taking photographs of landscapes of the nature is a soul satisfaction but put myself in the photographs is a bonus πŸ˜€

    1. Andy is fine. πŸ™‚

      Sounds like a good reason to travel – to get out of your everyday and have unique experiences, lasting memories and some great photos!

      Thanks for stopping by.


      1. Yeah, Andy.. nice to know you πŸ™‚ i’m Novita.
        thanks too for stopped by on my blog.. your landscapes photos are awesome, it will be nice to read your next post.

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