08 Nov A Storytelling Approach to Travel Photography
Source: Ian Macdonald Photography
Many years ago, when I first started combining my love of photography with my love of travel, I focused heavily on shooting cityscapes and landscapes. I would head out before sunrise, find the best shooting angle, set up my tripod and wait for the right light. If people were in my composition I would wait for them to move before taking the shot (I may have even photoshopped one or two of them out over the years). I was making “postcard images”, so heaven forbid somebody got in the way of the Louvre, the Manhattan skyline, or that beautiful meadow with the rolling hills that I was photographing.
The irony of this is that I have always loved people, from my former work as a paramedic and portrait photographer to my current work as an educator, presenter and street / wedding photographer. People truly define a culture: They make the buildings. They create the art. They make the food. They breath life into cities and the countryside. Honestly, it is impossible to tell the story of a place without also creating images of the people themselves.
Over time I also came to appreciate the importance of the detail shot. When I thought of places I have travelled to, I realized that it was often the little details that I remembered the most.
When you think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower comes to mind, but so do the love locks. When you think of Seattle, the Space Needle
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