By Lisa on Aug 16, 2013 with Comments 0
For me, my travel photos are just as important to me as the experience of travelling itself. Why? Well simply because my travel photos are my travel memories.
My travel photos, when viewed weeks, months or years later, are capable of transporting me instantly to a time, a moment and a place. They trigger everything about the moment: the temperature, the smells, and the noise or the silence.
When I see my travel photos I remember how tired I was, how hot it was or how in need of a shower I felt. I remember the feel of that first glug of cold, refreshing beer slide down my throat after a long day of sightseeing or the delicious feel of grainy sand massaging my feet as I take my first barefoot step on a new beach.
So, as you can imagine, my photos are very important to me. They are far more important than any other kind of souvenir that I might have taken from a place. Memories fade and can become distorted over time, but a good selection of photos can alway straighten things out.
These memories that our photos help to keep alive can be supported by our excellent travel diary that we keep during the trip. If written concisely, the diary can help us remember names of places and the order of events when the time comes to process and organise our travel photos.
I recently wrote a post about the importance of keeping a travel journal. Read it here.
I have talked here about how important it is to back your photos up. My favourite online back up is Flickr, and I currently have 10,499 photos stored on Flickr. These are all in albums according to date and place and are so well organised that I can find any of my own photos instantly.
Read that post about how to store and back up on Flickr.
These albums that I back up are really just for myself or are to be used in the blog to illustrate my posts and to show what words cannot manage to tell.
But I do have a very special photo album into which only a few of my very favourite photos from a particular place are entered. This album is called My Travel Photos and the photos are arranged completely at random, showing Vietnamese street food next to Mallorcan Beaches, or Victorian architecture next to a mountain trek.
The photos in this album are taken with DSLR, with iPhone, with GoPro or with whatever I can get my hands on at the moment.
The photos in this album are not necessarily the best quality photos from a trip but they are always the ones that mean the most to me; the ones that are capable of transporting me instantly to a time, a moment and a place, the ones that trigger everything about the moment: the temperature, the smells, and the noise or the silence.
And these photos are the ones that I want to share with you. They are the ones that I want to share with the world. Down the right hand side of every post on this blog is a random selection of three photos from My Travel Photos album, linked from Flickr, and now I would like to share the whole album with you.
The slideshow from the album is at the top of this post.
It’s 10.30pm here right now on a Friday night. It’s been a long day, it’s been a long week. Grab yourself a glass of wine and relax. Step into my shoes and hit play. You are about to join me on an exciting journey through all my favourite trips, tours and travels.
I hope you enjoy.
And when you’ve finished, I hope you will be inspired enough to go out and take some of your own travel photos. Here’s a little post about mobile photography to remind you that you don’t need fancy, expensive equipment to take amazing photos. Happy clicking!
About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....