I can pretty much guarantee that anyone who has social media has one of those friends that seems to travel to the most magnificent places on the globe and take amazing photographs of their experiences.
Either they seem to be incredibly talented closet-photographers, or they somehow demonstrate the sort of creativity that leaves you in awe of what sort of experiences they must be having out there in the world.I know that you know what sort of photograph I am talking about – the sort of photograph that makes you wonder what sort of antics your friends are getting up to on their adventures.
Sometimes they aren’t even your friend at all. Sometimes they are simply one of those instagram personalities who seems to be landing in a new and exotic location everyday and showing it off in their enviable newsfeeds.
Their photographs incite wanderlust and spark the imagination.They make you wonder “why was she not eaten by that shark?” or “how did he get on top of that yak?”.
They make you want to go out there and experience the world for yourself.
Personally, I am not one of those people.
Sure, I have visited some pretty cool places — I would even argue that having visited my 30th country at the age of 25 is the only real goal that I have ever achieved.But somehow that hasn’t magically transformed me into a photographer.
I could excuse myself and claim that I lack the proper equipment, but that is a fairly poor excuse.There are people in this world with less who take better pictures than I do with an iPhone and a point-and-shoot.
Usually I either forget to take photos at all; or I walk around snapping thousands of pictures of every little moment, somewhat panicked that if I don’t take a picture of it then it didn’t really happen.And because I put no thought into any of the photographs, this latter strategy often results in two things:
I spend so much time looking at the world through the screen of my device that I forget to actually experience the moment and the world around me, and
I end up burdened with so many thousands of average photos of each journey that I end up far too intimidated to ever go back and revisit them.
Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that I will one day find the right balance between quantity and quality.
I shall now share with you some of my failed attempts at taking “cool” and “awesome” and “awe-inspiring” travel photographs from this one time that I visited Morocco a while ago…