Be a Sensitive Travel Photographer

April 19, 2016

My husband and I love to travel. It’s fun to experience different cultures, see new places, and taste new foods.  I love to capture photographs of our travels, to help me remember as much as I can.

I always try to be sensitive to the people in the country we are visiting, remembering this caution from an instructor I had in a photography class years ago. I came across an article this week, 6 Tips for How to be a Culturally Sensitive Travel Photographer, that served as a great reminder for me.  I hope you find it helpful in your own travels – or even your every day photography life!

Not a great  picture of me, but such a great reminder of the day we spent at a local crafters market in Quito, Ecuador.  This lovely woman didn’t speak English, and I didn’t speak Spanish – but through hand gestures, I “asked” her permission to photograph her beautiful Alpaca blankets, and she was happy to comply.  I only wish I would have purchased more than one blanket.  It is incredibly soft and warm!

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  1. suruha

    That’s very nice. Not only do you have the blanket, but, a memory of the little woman who made it, no doubt, and sold it to you.
    Though it was in our country, I visited a flea market where many of the vendors were of different nationalities. It was in south Florida, if that tells you anything. Anyway, this one booth had some really cute sun dresses, $9.95 each. I found one that I liked and as the lady was ringing it up, she mentioned that the dresses are 2 for $20.00. Um, that’s 10 cents more than if I paid for them separately. LOL
    I enjoy reading about your escapades! Thanks!

    • Karen

      That’s hysterical, Su!

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