There are many articles on travel photography that hit the usual “hot button” checklist, but many photographers want to make their images more unique than the typical photos seen in travel brochures or on the web. This article is about my recent trip to Turkey and how I approached several situations in the field. Turkey had never been on my list—until recently. A country divided between Asia and Europe, it seemed like a great place to make interesting images, even of often-photographed locations.
I wanted to capture historical, cultural and modern aspects of the country during my trip. I spent time in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Bodrum. All different, and all a photographer’s dream come true.
Before the Trip
It’s always a good idea to think ahead about your goals. It may be that you are on a client assignment, preparing for an exhibit, intending to create a book, or posting work on your web site. Many people simply want to enjoy and record memorable, more traditional images of the sites they visit. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, but it’s important to think about them ahead of time so you’re not disappointed on your return.I like making fine art images and those that tell a story, either real or imagined by the viewer. I want to capture the essence of a place and the people in it.