“Travel,” wrote Mark Twain, the venerated American author and humorist, “is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
And, travel photography, like no other field in the celluloid arts, has the ability to pit the human mind against those stubbornly fixed opinions, challenging and confronting, particularly to those unwilling or unable to travel.
What better Christmas gift than one that opens the mind and heart?
The art (and it is an art) of travel photography
For travel photography is as broad as the immense desert landscapes favoured by Paris-trained Hélène Havard, as life-affirming as the work of Thailand’s Vichaya, see: Cooling Off .
Travel photography is also a window into the soul of distant cultures as shown by Ben Moore’s iconic Circle of Life series, the intensely intimate photography of the Dasenech Tribe in Southern Ethiopia.
London-based Moore, whose work blinq.art proudly curates, came into travel photography via an old 1970s 35mm Nikon and a degree, Masters and PHD in biodiversity conservation.
Moore’s field research took him to remote corners of the globe and it was here, in the jungles of the Amazon as he busily tagged crocodiles and in the Galapagos Islands, climbing snowy mountains looking for giant tortoises, where he found the love of capturing a moment for later examination, as well as posterity.
“Whether strolling through Camden Market on a crisp winters morning, lying on a deserted, sun drenched Indonesian beach or wondering the graffiti-laced back streets of Brooklyn, photography is always on my mind,” says Moore, “and a lens never far from my eye.”
On a trip to the Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, Moore invites a boy from the Demba tribe to walk past his camera.
The resulting image Boy to Man IV is charming, cheerful and frivolous, as well as a cross-cultural bridge. For what lover of photographer isn’t immediately drawn to the elegance and humour in Moore’s photograph? What bigot, tethered to his unhappy and unnatural position, isn’t enlivened by the sense of joy and, indeed, of love?
“I live and breathe through my lenses and quite simply adore taking photographs,” says Moore.
Aerial travel photography
Aerial travel photography, whether by remote control drone or helicopter, startles the observer with its sparsely composed and brilliantly coloured panoramas.
Greece’s Marina Vernicos’ work, which is marked by her aerial photography, has been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, as well as the Eiffel Tower, the Hangaram Art Museum in Korea, the museum of Cycladic Art in Greece, in London, Monaco and New York.
At blinq.art, we offer a collection of Vernicos’ most sublime offerings including her beguiling photograph of Cala Comte, Ibiza: Two Sides to Every Story;
the shape-shifting almost surrealist Merengue Beach
and Sometimes You Just Need a Break, where the art lover observes a lone sunbather surrounded by geometrical shapes in Greece.
Vernicos told the Greek website Athens Attica she believes the birds-eye view “Offers photographers unique possibilities and the chance to capture landscapes from a totally different and artistically fascinating angle… during the quarantine I created a daily visual diary, recording with my camera and the use of a drone, images from the unprecedentedly empty city of Athens. These shots will be used as evidence of an unpleasant and at the same time extremely interesting experience.”
Or, as Marcel Proust put it, a century before drones:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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