By traveling in the off-season, I was completely alone most of the time and
saw very few fellow travelers. I like the feeling of having these places all
to myself. I am better able to immerse myself in the culture and landscape without
the distractions of other visitors. Alone and free to shoot what I want and
come and go with the wind is the style that I am accustomed to.
In Doorway (My Trusty Guide)--I am always striving for new
ways to compose subject matter that will inspire viewers to want
to spend time analyzing and contemplating what my point of view
was and why I took the picture a particular way.
My expedition across Bhutan was also an incredible spiritual journey filled
with daily adventures, unexpected experiences, and extremely good luck with
weather and timing of key events. But the greatest aspect of my trip had to
be the wonderful and fascinating people I met along the way. The easy-going
Bhutanese are friendly, hospitable, and love to have their pictures taken.
The best journeys never really end and this was certainly a magical journey
that exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I feel as if I came back
somewhat enlightened and hope that the lessons I learned in this faraway world
will remain with me forever.
From Punakha--Traveling slowly allows you the luxury to look
at life up close, in all different directions. The true beauty
and excitement of my style of documentary photography is the element
of the unknown coupled with unbridled freedom and the constant
visual stimulation I experience from dawn to dusk.
About The Photographs
Daryl Hawk carries two Nikon FM3A camera bodies on his treks, along with three
Nikkor lenses--a 28-200mm, a 20mm, and a 24mm. The zoom is his workhorse
lens--in fact, he used it for all the photos here. "I like to keep
it simple when it comes to equipment," Hawk says, "and the zoom
handles just about everything." A good thing, as changing lenses in windy,
dusty, or snowy places is something he likes to avoid. His only filter is a
polarizer, which he uses quite often. His films of choice are Fuji's Provia
100F and 400F Professional and Velvia 100F. He generally allows 50 rolls of
film per week for his adventure travels.
Note: At Daryl Hawk's website, www.hawkphotography.net,
you can see more of this adventure and travel photography as well as a selection
of his commercial images. Also at the site is information about Hawk's
cable television show, The Unconventional Traveler, in which he interviews photographers,
explorers, and adventure travelers and occasionally highlights his own travel