The spectrum of mindsets and personal goals in photography is as wide as in any other hobby. Perhaps wider, since personal image can be involved. In a very real sense, that is, because selfies tend to dominate the organised electron matrices we (as a species) like to collect during travels. With the inevitable consequence of potentially offending whomever dwells in our hunting grounds. As illustrated by the obfuscated Japanese who are beginning to realise the flip side of a flourishing tourist industry might overpower its financial benefits.
However, those are not the locals you’re looking for.
No, I’m referring to the local photographers. The swines are always better than us visitors. It’s a universal law, and it appeared to me that quite a few of the articles collected for this week’s round-up illustrate this point. You be the judge of what you prefer, but it does stand to reason that locals have a better statistical chance of witnessing the exceptional and, if at all evolved, capture it for all to savour.
And, when you think about it, these two approaches of photography are probably the most completely opposite you can find. On the one hand, travelling the globe to find a new background for a photo of your ego. On the other, putting your creativity to work to highlight the beauty of what is right on your doorstep. As my son just remarked, approaches as diametrically opposed as the phone cameras you use for each.
In between the lie all of our various travel photography paradigms. Workshops, dedicated trips, snapping. All highly enjoyable and all highly doomed. Because the local tog, that insufferable melonhead, is always better that us. Ah well. At least you have cat pictures to Lima-Oscar-Lima away the pain.
(You’ll have to excuse today’s pics. A: I don’t have any selfies to illustrate this article. B: As the custodian of a tiny new life form, I’ve not been out a lot these past days, to replenish the photo stock. Biskit here is portrayed using a Sony A7r2 and a Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM)