Posted by: travelrat | February 24, 2010

On the Move

I came across a strange article in a photo mag the other day. I don’t agree with the sentiments expressed … in fact, it was a bit of a rant. But, in essence, it claimed that many ‘so-called travel photographers’ aren’t travel photographers at all. They don’t get their cameras out while they’re actually travelling, only when they’ve reached their destination, therefore they’re really ‘destination photographers’.

He illustrated his point with a series of rather gloomy photographs, usually of uninteresting, even squalid scenes, taken through dirty windows … which, if I was editor of that mag, would have gone straight into the ‘round filing cabinet’.

Besides, in some places, if you’re seen taking photographs near any transport installation, it’s on the cards that you could be due a rather unpleasant interview with the local constabulary … at best!

Anyway, like I said, I disagree. Whether in a bus, train, car or ship, my camera’s always handy. And, if you’re prepared for a high failure rate, you may find some keepers among them.

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  1. Sounds like a bit of a pedantic article to me. I think travel writing does involve the actual travelling but surely the destination is the number one feature the readers are interested in. Sounds like the writer had a bit of a bee in his bonnet!

  2. You’re right… far too many people don’t take notice of the journey itself as they’re preoccupied with their arrival. The photo of the train is fantastic! Of course I work in transportation and I’m always searching for photos.

    Think of it this way… the best baseball players rarely have higher than a .350 batting average. Which means MOST of the balls thrown at them are misses, fouls or strike outs. Even the best are perfect. Thank heavens for digital cameras… take photos all day long and you’re bound to get a few good ones amidst all the blurry messes and people who walk in front of your shot.

    • I read an article some time ago, which said how much cheaper it would be to build an airliner, train etc. without windows. But, people do need to see out, whether they realise it or not. Witness underground trains; they have windows, even though there’s nothing to see except the stations.

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