What is the purpose of Travel Photography? To record your visit to a fascinating, new, exotic or historical place?
I say it's more. Much more.
One purpose of traveling is to "discover yourself . " What does this mean, anyway?
For instance, what did I learn or discover about myself when I photographed this scene? Well, I discovered that I needed to look out into the world (and the sea) to find some serenity ( and I did! ).
And what of the following scene?
What I was looking for in this photo of mine was the shimmering silver waters which "took me to another place" (not my home, but Aruba ).
Sometimes , a travel photo is not about travel at all. This photo was taken as I arrived on the floor where my room was located. The corridor revealed an orderly placement of homes , in a kind of "triptych" created by the steel window frames of the hotel. Yet it qualifies as a travel photo because the homes are so exotic-looking (to me) .
Finally , a travel photograph can just be plain "thought-provoking".
Or just plain beautiful.
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