The Art Of The Travel Portrait
Making Images While On The Road
My 25 years of traveling
on the back roads of the world has led to countless adventures, experiences,
and stories from the array of characters I have met along the way. As
a documentary photographer, I take pictures of people, landscapes, nature
abstracts, architecture, and wildlife. I like exploring remote places
where my mind can run free and fast with the constant visual stimulation
I experience from dawn to dusk--always seeking something new and
different. But it is the colorful individuals I encounter and photograph
of which I have the fondest memories.
I love connecting and communicating
with other cultures, and the camera is a tool that allows me to get closer
to the people I want to learn more about. By taking it slowly and immersing
yourself in the landscape you will be able to experience their surroundings.
The strength in people photography is the ability to work in intimate
situations. A friendly smile and eye contact is the initial key. Engaging
in conversation and listening to their stories before taking any photographs
Developing a photographic vision takes time and can only be enhanced by experience. As long as you have a real passion for photographing people, your work will continue to get stronger each year. I love becoming part of a world of different cultures and lifestyles. It is out of these experiences that the photographs will come. You must first be moved by what you are looking at and then you have to trust your instincts that you see the world differently. Let your own way of seeing what deeply moves you come through--let your heart be your eyes!
Daryl Hawk is the host and producer of the Cablevision television show "The Unconventional Traveler" which features some of the world's leading explorers, travel photographers, and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. Check your local listings. Hawk is a writer, photographer, and adventurer whose articles and photographs have appeared in numerous national magazines as well as on NBC's "Today" show. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a fellow of The Royal Geographical Society.