The travel photographer FAQ’s: What is travel photography?

What is travel photography?
Well that depends on whose asking and whose answering because there is no right answer. Look it up on the net and you will find various opinions. My take is that it’s a collection of several genres like landscapes, street, culture, nature, wildlife, black and white, people and so on. Most would say that the shots are from your travels away from home. But that means if I take an image of a cultural activity in my town then it’s not a travel photo but if a visitor from New York takes it then it is. Maybe then its the use of said image………..! Maybe we’re just over-thinking this. So anyway this is a beginning of a new series of posts that aim to help anyone interested enough to take better  photos on their travels. Here’s a black and white ‘travel’ photo.

Men playing Pétanque near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Men playing Pétanque near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Rue Mouffetard bar in Paris black & white photo

Like most photographers into street photography, my inspiration comes from two greats, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau both from France and whose famous black & white photos were taken in Paris. Whilst I’m under no illusions that my B & W efforts come anywhere near the quality of work by these two champions, I’ve done a few B & W projects and this is from my Paris collection. Rue Mouffetard is a long street in the 5th arrondissement in Paris’s south. If you love food, this is the place to be. Markets, shops, restaurants and bars line this street with some lively characters thrown in. Taken on Ilford XP2 film

Le mouffetard bar on Rue Mouffetard, home to one of Paris's many markets.© 2007 Nick Katin

Le mouffetard bar on Rue Mouffetard, home to one of Paris’s many markets.© 2007 Nick Katin

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