Photographers (everywhere) around the world

We take lots of photos as we travel. And now, in a world filled with cellphones, just about everyone has a camera. It seems that everybody wants to record the special things they see.  But here’s where we’re different. We rarely take photos of people.

Why? Maybe we’re a bit shy; maybe we don’t want to impose on people. We just don’t seem at ease photographing strangers. Our exception is to photograph people who are taking their own photos. They’re a photographer like you and me, totally distracted, framing their picture. They don’t usually notice that we’re even there, let alone taking their photo.

Porto, Portugal on the Douro River

Porto, Portugal on the Douro River

Barcelona, Spain at Parc Gruell

Barcelona, Spain at Parc Gruell

Sometimes if we’re lucky, we photograph these strangers and their subjects while they’re taking photos of other people.

Hanoi, Vietnam for graduation at the Temple of Literature

Hanoi, Vietnam for graduation at the Temple of Literature

Daytrip to Guimarares Guimaraes day trip - visit to the Castle Huntington Gardens

Guimaraes, Portugal at the castle

Shanghai, China on The Bund

Shanghai, China on The Bund

Taking photos of friends of ours in unguarded moments while they’re concentrating on taking their own photos – or showing a photo just taken – works well.

Bangkok, Thailand at the Grand Palace

Bangkok, Thailand at the Grand Palace

Photographing other photographers might just enhance your travel photography repertoire.


January 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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20 Responses to Photographers (everywhere) around the world

  1. AmbleAlong says:

    I love this idea and will challenge myself to give it a try on my next trip. I don’t tend to take photos of others partly because I know there are some “rules” about it (getting permission, releases, and whatnot)… Also I often think a photo of the place I am in will be more interesting and take me back to the moment when I was standing in that spot at that time!

  2. Great post – what an intriguing perspective on this!

  3. Betsy says:

    Dear Joe & Beth,
    I LOVED this clever take! How cool that you captured it over time and gathered these photos in one place. Miss you so much! Come and visit soon! Love, Betsy

  4. Love these compilation posts. It’s a nice little photo essay around the world.

  5. leggypeggy says:

    I often photograph people taking pics. Must do a blog on that someday. Thanks for the idea and the pics and commentary.

  6. I don’t like to take photos without permission. I don’t want my own photo taken, so I respect the fact that others may feel the same.

  7. Annette says:

    This one put a smile on my face. How true it is, camera’s everywhere.Musn’t do anything wrong…..

  8. We often take photos of each other taking photos and while we were in Hawaii the last two weeks, someone else took a photo of both of us, standing back to back taking photos.

  9. Marie says:

    Fun post. And no selfie sticks. 🙂

  10. Merrill says:

    I feel the same way about taking people’s photo so I try to be sly about it (hard with a iPad mini. Once, it was so crowded at Yosemite Falls with people taking photos that I decided to capture photos of all the photographers! It was fun.

  11. An interesting thought…

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