I’m just getting ready to host another photo adventure on a tour to Coast Rica and am once again agonizing over packing. No, not over my clothes and stuff, that suitcase took just about half an hour to pack. I’m in the middle of a camera gear cyclone as I make the difficult decisions on what to take, what to leave home and then how to safely and effectively travel with my gear.
If you are like me, it takes about three days to decide what lenses, bodies and accessories that need to travel with me and which pieces stay home. My den is a disaster, with bags covering the floor.
I recently read a Social Media post that read:
Solitude and photography
Often go hand in hand.
I’ve been pondering the statement and find it a bit perplexing. Yes, of course we are the lone masters of the viewfinder, we singlehandedly (usually) decide what to include and what to leave out. So very often, the photographic image is created and then quickly shared. Be it on the back of the camera, tethered to a monitor, published, posted to social media or a website, our images are viewed at daunting levels of frequency and speed. Very little happens in a vacuum these days!
We create alone and then share with the world.
I’ve always marveled at how aspiring photographers create their most creative images when they travel. I really don’t see it as a big mystery, but a fun observation, that begs the question why? As well, to ask, why don’t we do that at home too?