I’m passionate about traveling and taking great pictures of the places I go to. These photographs are memories that stick with me, and with each shot, I learn something new. Street photography is my other passion. I’ve gained many experiences and have made new friends along the way. Travel and street photography are the perfect combination for cultural immersion.
While researching about your destination, it’s always good to maintain an open mind. Have some ideas, but leave room for spontaneity. There will be many things you’ll be interested in that are not on your list of things to see. Strive to see the mundane in a new light. Your travel destination may have suggested a few subjects to take photos of, but have your own kick and don’t be afraid to deviate from those. Your best photos are sometimes the unplanned ones.
Staying away from tourist landmarks would give you more space for creativity and individuality, as taking photos of these rarely bring to mind originality. Since street photography dives into the world of the locals, ask local photographers about places where to shoot best and plan your trip around those destinations. It would be better for you and your authenticity as a street photographer to tell stories of locals rather than tourists.
Street photography is a good tool for one to get to know a nation’s culture better, and a subject’s day-to-day activities. I, for one, can tell that the whole experience is inspiring.
Ashwin Khubchandani is a travel photographer who has always been passionate about capturing images. His current favorite travel and street photography destination is Hong Kong. For more photography updates, follow his blog.