“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
They say some people were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. We on the other hand are convinced we made our appearance into this world with an atlas in one hand and a camera in the other. Ever since we can remember we have been passionate about travel. We are the types of people that go to the airport just for plane spotting, to reminisce about journeys past, and to be excited about future adventures. To make up stories about travelers and to shed happy and sad tears with people we sometimes do not even know. It’s probably a little weird.
We are curious people and we love exploring. This has resulted in us traipsing across the globe, cameras in hand in search of new adventures. We document our journeys through our travel photography and in this way, we keep the memories alive. In his book Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Bill Bryson sums it up perfectly: “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, and you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
When we travel, we like to tick off the “must see” sights, but we are drawn more to the mysterious, the unusual and the exotic essence of a country. The wayward little towns off the beaten track, the tiny family run restaurants, the cobblestoned residential alleyways in the old part of the city, and the local markets. These are the places we seek out, and this is where you get to experience the true heart and soul of a country. Besides exciting the heck out of us, it provides the best canvas for street photography.
We are fortunate enough to say we have visited 27 countries, but there is still so much to see. Best we go and get our new travel guide and get planning on our next adventure! Watch this space for more of our travel photography.
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place; we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” ― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon