Travel photography evokes all
sorts of images, from the 19th century vistas in fading albumen prints
to satellite images made miles above our planet. The aim of most travel
work is to share a sense of place, a feeling of "being there"
that only the camera can capture. It can mean a sense of adventure, of
the survey photos made in the days of exploration of the American West,
or simply trophy shots of totems like the Eiffel Tower, which say, "I
was there." And some would say that any shot made outside your front
door constitutes a travel picture, with some notable teachers, such as
Ruth Bernhardt, creating assignments for students to discover images not
more than 50 ft from the steps to their house.
However you define it, and whatever images it evokes for you, travel is
a way to "skin the eyes," to look with fresh vision upon the
world. A photographic traveler is open to the world and all its beauty,
something that we should all aspire to every day of our lives. It is to
maintain the eyes of a traveler that all photographers should aspire.
For many photographers, a journey early in life made with a camera sets
them on a career path. In discovering how photography alters their experience
they discover their passion for its art and craft. They see how it brings
them into places they would not have ventured, makes them explore less
traveled roads, and creates encounters with people they might never have
otherwise met. It engages them in seeing and considering how to render
and express their personal vision that no studio, no amount of academic
study can provide. Travel and photography are inextricably bound. The
pictures we capture on the road are more than just memories; they are
the record of how we saw the world in a certain time at a certain place
in our lives.
That said, we hope you enjoy our annual Travel issue of Shutterbug. We've
assembled a diverse group of photographers and writers who share their
personal vision while on the road, from urban centers to the depths of
old growth forests. As you go through this issue consider how you bring
your personal vision with you and how you might use photography as a way
to explore the world. Despite the travail of today's traveling,
it's still worth it to hit the road.
Speaking of travel, take note that we have two very exciting programs
set up for later this year. In August we're taking to the high seas
on a photo excursion to Alaska, with our own Monte Zucker as photographic
first mate. In late September we're off to photokina and a trip
to Germany to both see the latest photo and digital gear and travel our
way toward Solms, and an exclusive Leica factory tour. Check for notices
in this issue, and on our website, for more information.
And speaking of our website, we now can be found at www.shutterbug.com
and www.shutterbug.net. Either route will bring you to our archives, special
features, and into our ever-expanding services on our web pages.
Our next issue (June) will be filled with a host of new products that
were introduced at this year's PMA Show. We had a team of reporters
scouring a show that featured more digital SLRs, new lenses, and even
new films and film cameras. It's an issue you won't want to