We are constantly reminded, whilst taking for granted, how lucky we are with modern technologies. This particularly applies to photography, if you have a mobile phone (made in the last 10 years) then you are, in a literal sense, a photographer. Almost anytime and anyplace you can take a picture – it’s a photojournalist revolution. This is wonderful for the consumers of reportage news, though it may have cost a few proffessional jobs along the way. However, from an individuals perspective, I think the medium is a treasure for documenting your travels – you can visually record, with ease, all the great places you’ve been. This is extremely valuable, but lately I’ve felt a prisoner to the vast overusage of people practicing and sharing photography (with all their might). I feel as though the effortless access to the medium for a novice photographer has perhaps created a slur of ‘dumbed’ down images – ones that could easily be considered unnecessary practice. For example, the plentiful pictures of drunk nights out and other blundering images that soar the internet are filtering are daily senses with trash.
Anyway, I’m ranting a little off topic here. My main point I’m actually trying to get across is that you should always relish in the opportunity to visually document your travels. You never know what you might come across, be it a wondrous hidden landscape or a strange artifact, you should always have your smartphone (or ideally a ‘real’ camera) at the ready. Alternatively, documenting where you go with footage is another great way to reminisce and make the most out of what you’re doing. I’ve found from capturing video snippets whilst travelling, I’ve been able to compile many videos and, ultimately, create pieces of work I can actually be proud of and watch time and time again.
So, in other words, don’t be that tourist who is afraid to hang a camera around their neck. You may get one too many sneering looks (if abroad), but oh well, our lives are made up of infiltrating documentation, so why not add to it? At least, photography is something we all find fun and get pleasure out of viewing (even if the photo is disturbing, it still calls for intrigue – more pleasing than a dull photo, in my opinion).
Also, my best pictures (personal preference), ones I’d never planned out to be portfolio shots, happened whilst on the road. I can also think of times, I’ve missed the perfect shot whilst on the road. It sums up the fact that being in the right place at the right time is hugely important. For this to work, one must constantly be photographically equiped and engaged with their ‘eye for photography’.
In this blog post, I want to share with you some of the videos I’ve created whilst travelling to and from various places. I try to create narratives, but ultimately their just video clips thrown together, as I hardly ever plan out the shots before hand.
Footage from this summer in Crete (p.s. I am not stalking the girl in the dress and hat, she is my girlfriend):
Footage from France, also this summer (I got lucky!):
Trip back down to Devon in Easter break:
Visiting Cambridge (I was able to use this footage for a music video for The Two Busketeers who happily abliged):
All of this stuff was shot off the cuff and without a tripod. The more you shoot, the more you can edit and experiment, and the more videos you can produce! Of course, the overall aesthetic of the productions are relatively low, but it’s nevertheless good practice, good fun and good for the motivation.
Thanks for watching.