The difference between good travel photography and poor is the people that are photographed. For most of us taking pictures of people on the street is not easy. We feel that we are invading their privacy and fear an angry or hurt response. We do not want our hobby to cause any fear in others. So we take pictures of objects, architecture and vehicles that hint at the culture we are visiting.
While all of this is fine, it limits our photographic results. The most fascinating part of visiting new lands is getting to know new people. Here are a few of the images I have captured during my travels that tell the story of the people of the region.
The first one up top, is of a little girl on a class trip to the Forbidden City. She was shy, looking through a fence with this amazing hat on. The picture had to be taken!
All these images are from Asia, however I can look at all my travel images and point to the people I have photographed. Every place has a story and it is written by its people. To travel to a place and not photograph the people is to only tell part of the story.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.