Gallery: travel photography is my ‘groove’
I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovyPaul Simon, The 59th Street Bridge Song
For those of us who grew up in the sixties, groovy was the feeling we all aspired to. Groovy was exciting, fun, cool (another sixties word!) Too young to really be part of hippy culture, it nevertheless influenced my tastes in fashion and music. Getting ‘in the groove’ was where I wanted to be, even if as a schoolgirl I was probably very far from being so!
In this week’s Lens Artists Challenge Anne asks us which type of photography we most enjoy. What is our photography groove? That got me thinking. I guess we all lean towards certain photo styles: macro, street, landscape, wildlife, portrait. The list is endless, and we can all point towards the ones we enjoy, the ones we do rarely and maybe a couple not at all. I have never tried studio portraiture, for instance, and at present feel no inclination to do so. But show me an interesting face or character on the street and my camera is immediately pressed into action!
But is a groove necessarily a good thing or should we try to break out of it from time to time?
Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them.Steve Jobs
One needs only to remember that a groove may be safe–but that, as one wears away at it, the groove becomes first a rut and finally a grave.J. Paul Getty
If you always take landscapes, maybe go in close for a macro shot of a single flower. If you always take architectural shots in cities, try some street photography.
That’s why I love travel photography, there’s always something different to see and photograph. On one trip the emphasis might be on wildlife and nature. On another, history and culture. But always there is the pleasure of capturing daily life in a place often very different from home.
So for this challenge I simply want to share some favourite shots that demonstrate the variety of photo opportunities to be had while travelling, focusing less on the big sights and trying to tell the story of each place. Because that’s where I really find my groove!
Beautiful photographs that captures moments and stories.
Thank you very much 🙂
You are a gifted travel photographer, Sarah! I especially love your portraits of people met and seen in your travels.
That’s so kind Patti, thank you 😊
Somehow I missed your post last week. I do enjoy your travel photos. I am always impressed by your eye for composition.
Thank you John, I really appreciate that compliment 😊 And no worries about missing this or any other post – I do publish rather a lot of them at times!
I love your travel photos – especially those you take of people! I mean … those pictures you have taken in Laos – it’s just brilliant!
Thank you so much 😊 We spent a wonderful morning visiting several minority tribe villages. There are more photos here if you are interested: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/a-village-blacksmith-in-the-lao-highlands/
Superb. In ‘my’ world you are the ultimate traveler and travel photographer.
Aw, thanks so much John 😊 I’m sorry this comment got hidden in my ‘please moderate’ folder – I think you may have signed in with a different email address from the usual?
Sarah, I believe you and I are kindred spirits in many ways — we share an undying love for travel and all things related with photography being at the top of the list. All your images here are marvelous, my favorite being the photo of those precious little girls followed by the smiling woman on the collective farm!! Gosh, can’t wait to travel again — hopefully, flying out next week if all goes right!!
Lovely to hear from you Sylvia – and yes, we’re very alike in that respect 😘 Glad you enjoyed the photos and good luck with your flight next week. Where are you off to?
Another amazing set of photos Sarah. I was trying to think about my “groove” and after seeing your post I realised mine is also travel photography. I think that’s why I’m always booking trips!
Ah, that sounds so like me! When I’m not blogging about past trips I’m researching and booking for the future 🙂 I realised during the lockdowns that I missed that almost as much as I missed the actual travelling. There was so much uncertainty it was impossible to make plans or even talks about them!
Same Sarah, but it doesn’t feel the same anymore. Still exciting but there’s that trepidation before you click the book now button without free cancellation and that little niggle whether your flight will be cancelled or not 🤔
Yes, that trepidation is there but after that ‘downtime’ when nothing was possible I seem to be getting my old travel mojo back 🙂 I hope yours returns in full force soon!
You really do take me around the world – and to so many places I’ve never been (or heard of) … I feel so much more educated after visiting you each time, Sarah!
P/S I love how much we get to see when we are up early in the morning (not my most awake time, but so worth it to see a different world).
It’s a pleasure to share the wonderful places we’ve been privileged to visit 😀 And yes, getting up early is almost always worthwhile when travelling. I’m quite an early-bird so I left my husband (who isn’t!) in bed to wander down to the lakeshore and take that and other photos. Just me and one other camera-wielding visitor around!
Ah! you are naturally an early bird – which is great for catching those stunning sunrises! Neither Loving Husband nor I are early birds by choice – his job (teaches in a school) requires that he rises early, and since he is up, so am I.
When we travel though, we make it a point to start our day with a run to explore the city and/or surrounding nature spots. Well worth it!
Yes, always worth trying to get up early on holiday and I did my husband a bit of an injustice as although he tends to prefer not to get up early, he will often do so when we’re travelling so as not to miss anything!
Holidays are the time to do things we don’t usually get to 😆
Enjoy your travel photos, Sarah, as always. Travel photos that you have shared with us are precious.
Thank you so much Amy, I always appreciate your feedback 😊
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
I love all of these, though you have definitely given me an ear-worm! And now my brain has moved on to Groovy Kind of Love. I do like both songs though, so I’ll forgive you😉.
Haha, sorry about the ear-worm! I got one myself while writing this post and now it’s back 😆
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
I’ve managed to get over it now!
Maria Vincent Robinson
Beautiful series of pictures and lovely people and places. Enjoyed looking at your pictures as always. Cheers.
Thank you so much 😊
I liked your quote from J. Paul Getty. Very true. I liked your nighttime picture – so colorful! Also liked the two little girls with their adorable backpacks. 🙂
Thank you 😊 I grabbed that photo of the little girls from the bus as we were passing!
Travel photos are the best souvenirs! Of your selection, I especially like the capture in the corn field in North Korea. It’s always good when you get direct eye contact and she has a wonderfully relaxed smile, far different from the austere image we have of North Koreans.
Yes, that’s your sort of photo I think Sandy 😀 It was lovely to have a brief moment of genuine engagement with a local!
that grandma really does look proud and perfectly content holding her grandbaby 🙂
She was shy about being photographed but pride in her grandchild won over the shyness!
What interesting thoughts, both yours and the quoted ones. Stuck in a groove has I think always been one of my fears, yet it’s unavoidable as life progresses, until you retire and suddenly have the greatest sense of freedom that you’ve ever had. If you’re lucky, anyway. 60s music, feelin’ groovy, flowers in your hair…I was just too young too, but with an older brother and sister it was all part of the family household. By the way, I love that you snuck the cat photo in to this collection, it fits so well with the theme.
Thank you Phil, glad you could identify with my take on groovy! And the cat is key to what I was saying, about appreciating and photographing the everyday in a country, not just the big sights! Something I know you two understand very well 😀
Lovely photos Sarah! X
Thank you Anna 😊
The quotes are good too. Love the Paul Simon song and I do worry a bit about being stuck in a groove 🤗💗
Thanks Jo 😊 I think that’s where the challenges can help. Even though I usually use archive photos they do often get me thinking about different approaches to photography.
Aletta - nowathome
Your photos are so beautiful Sarah and they each tell a story of what you experienced at that moment! I loved it!
That’s great to hear, thank you Aletta 😊
Aletta - nowathome
Sarah, your travel photography is always a treat and I smiled at many of them as they do tell me that you saw something special in that moment.
Thank you Suzanne, I’m glad that came through!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Beautiful, meaningful shots as always, Sarah!
Thanks so much 😊
Thank you Claus 😀
Amazing post for this challenge Sarah! I like your quotes and the fact that you indicated grooves may (or may have to) change. Your beautiful images took me to places i’ll probably never get to at my age, so thanks for the tour. Again, great post. I enjoyed it.
Thank you so much Anne. This was a great idea for a challenge theme 😀
We’ll done Sarah, and a fine mini-lesson on travel photography. Had this challenge happened before covid I’d have gone the same way but for us covid meant a hard stop on travel much to our dismay! Loved all of your images especially where you compared one approach vs another. My fav tho is the woman in the field giving you a great look. Priceless!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed these Tina, thank you 😊 That woman looked up at just the right moment! We were being given a long talk about farming in North Korea by a very enthusiastic guide, but I confess my attention wandered and as always I started looking for things to photograph! Actually all these photos were taken before Covid, many of them on our Indochina trip just as the pandemic was starting. It put paid to our travels for a while but we got going again as soon as we were able to – mini breaks in Paris and Seville last year, then a longer trip to Costa Rica at the start of this and three more (two mini and one longer) scheduled before the end of the year. Are you still feeling wary of travelling for the time being?
Hi Sarah. Funny enough we just flew back tonight from NYC. Dipping our toes in with some domestic travel. We did a family reunion 3 weeks ago in Delaware and 6 of our family members got covid😡. My husband is older and immune compromised so we are more careful than most. We both miss international travel a lot and hope it’s still in our future. If not we know we’re very lucky to have traveled so extensively in the past.
We all have to do what’s right for us 🤗 I hope one day you feel able to travel again but if not, as you say, you have all the memories to reflect on – not to mention a pretty huge and diverse country for domestic travel!
Those of us who ‘follow’ you know full well that travel photography is your groove! But yet again you’ve pulled new images out of the hat. I think I’ll go for the man with the laden bike as being my favourite today. Though ask me again tomorrow. It’ll be different then.
Aw thank you Margaret. I did try to find photos I hadn’t shared before, ones that aren’t of any particular sight or place but sum up the pleasures of travel 😀 That guy with the bike will probably have come across the border from Zambia as they can get better prices selling goods in Zimbabwe.
Also taken with the vendor though, as a grandmother, also particularly liked the photos of the women holding their little ones.
Thank you Annie. They were a bit shy about posing but wanted to show off their little ones!