When I travel to a new place, I’m always excited to see the sights, try new restaurants, and of course, capture interesting images. However, I often find myself drawn to the “non-standard” subject matter in any given location. Though I do shoot some landmarks, I’m usually disappointed with what I bring home. It’s hard to compete with those perfect images I’ve seen in travel books and postcards! I generally don’t have the time, equipment, and luxury of waiting for the right weather conditions to create those shots.
So instead, I find myself drawn to the subjects a little off the beaten path…or at least, photographing the usual in a more unusual way. I love the quirky and different things that can be found in local neighborhoods, things seen on foot, perhaps no longer noticed by those who pass by each day.
I’m sure many passersby wonder, “What is she doing?” when seeing me photograph something that’s a little unusual. (My own family wonders the same thing!) And I suppose one could argue that these shots could be taken anywhere, and don’t fully portray a sense of place. But I love these little reminders that wonderful things can be found around every corner.
How do you document your travels? Do you prefer the tried-and-true shots, or do you seek out more offbeat options?