Beautiful Monte Carlo in Not-So-Beautiful Light
It was the ultimate compromise for a landscape and travel photographer, and although the photography situation was challenging, there was an unanticipated benefit:
For the first time in a long time, I focused on the essence of the place. When you travel with photographers, all of the conversation is about the photography; people discuss the advantages and pitfalls of their gear and software programs, they spend their non-shooting time downloading their images, working on them in editing software. So much so, that it’s really impossible to “get to know” a place. Being in the company of my family meant we got to have little adventures, get lost on narrow side streets, converse with the locals, taste new foods; do all of the things that you never have time to do when you are visiting a place for the sole purpose of photographing it.
I found the experience to be both liberating and enriching. It feels seemingly hollow to document a beautiful place without understanding its cultural or natural significance. Truly immersing ourselves in the places we travel helps give purpose and context to why we should be documenting them in the first place.