Traveling the world with a camera and other thoughts on photography.
Since 2005 I have had the wonderful opportunity to do more traveling around the world than I ever thought I would. My travels have taken me to Mexico and Spain, India and Nepal, and many trips to Greece, Italy and Turkey. If I have learned anything from these trips it is that your camera can both help you see the world you are experiencing and it sometimes gets in the way. There are times that I will put the camera down and just take the photos with my eyes—just stand back and take it all. Those images are written strongly into my mind and will be there for when I want to call them up. Those I cannot share so instead I have put in collections of images from the areas that I have traveled to.
Greece has to be one of my favorite places to take my camera. Greece is what you see in all the photos—blue-blue seas, blue topped buidlings, towns on the edges of cliffs, rocks, blue skies, and water everywhere but it is so much more. I have traveled to Greece since 2008 making nine trips in spring, fall and summer. The Pellopenese, Athens, Delphi, Crete, Santorini, and Samos comprise the areas that I have spent the majority of my time in Greece. I can't say there has been a single day while I have been in Greece when there was not a moment to capture an image. Subject matter in Greece is everywhere—large and small from the sky down to the water and under the water. The light in Greece is not like what I have experienced anywhere else in the world. It is at piercing, sharp, and clear bringing everything it touches into sharp focus. It is hot and will push you right down to the ground if you are not prepared for it.
Mexico - Was my first taste of travel outside of the United States with a camera and with the intention of capturing the experience through photography. I have made many, many trips up into Canada when I lived in Washington State but most of those trips were primarily for backpacking. My camera came with me but it was a time to shoot only when you had a few moments. Mexico was all about taking the time to photograph everything and anything. The results today look like they are stepping stones to where my images are today. The subject matter was wonderful to work with but at that time I did not really know how to really capture the light. I was looking too much at what and not at how it was lit and how the light made it what it was.