Our Big Year for travel, 2014, saw us in two eminently photo-worthy locations: the Galapagos, and New Zealand and Australia. Naturally enough, most people on our tours took pictures, as did I; several took photographs that rivalled what a professional would produce, as I did not!
In the midst of all this photo taking, two people stood out:
- One fellow traveller to the Galapagos never carried a camera of any sort. I have to say, she looked pretty relaxed and, as they say, in the moment. At the other end of the spectrum, I think some shipmates only saw the islands through a telephoto lens!
- Our tour leader in Australia and New Zealand also took no photos. Indeed, this indefatigable world-traveller gave up on taking photos years ago: She said she prefers to focus on making vivid memories.
Somewhere between the extremes suits me. I get that it’s good to be there, but I’m glad I have photos of both trips. Now, they serve as a reminder. In the moment, being alert to photo opportunities helped me see my surroundings more acutely. Without the camera in my hand, for example, I doubt that I would have particularly noted either of these views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Bridge Framing Opera House
Giraffes Framing Bridge