One could say that my photographic expansion into travel photography was one of growth by necessity. In 2008, I set out to make images of Europe’s beautiful landscapes and came back with a portfolio filled with scenes from travel but few that could be called nature or landscape images. The train systems in Europe are nothing less than phenomenal. You can get to just about any place you ever dreamed of visiting with little more than the 3-month Eurorail pass and a willingness to embrace your sense of adventure. The challenge wasn’t about finding amazing places to explore and photograph, it was about getting far enough off the beaten path to make nature images when traveling on a shoe string budget.
When the trip began, I started making images of what I saw around me and was waiting for the opportunity to start making portfolio worthy nature images. As time went on, I started to discover my eye for capturing the beauty of the towns and cities I was visiting. During a layover in Madrid, I had the good fortune of seeing a photography exhibit on display in the city’s train station. The images moved me and gave me a real sense of place. I realized that it was time to stop waiting for the images I thought I was going to be making and start making images of the world in front of me. Most importantly, I wanted to capture the essence of traveling along with the locations I was visiting. In other words, I wanted the images to convey not only a sense of place but how I got there as well. My love for travel photography was born.
The best part about travel photography is creating a portfolio of memories. Over time, my mind’s eye has forgotten many of the places that amazed me beyond words, but the memories live on in framed images covering the walls of my home. With one glance at the images, I can distinctly recall how I felt in each of these places. The sense of wonder and adventure lives on, and it’s all the more exciting to look at the images and know that I created them. Upon returning home from this trip, I decided to add the teaching of travel photography to my portfolio of offerings. I recognized that it serves as an opportunity to help people develop their stories and memories for their own walls at home. The travel genre is definitely my favorite.